Persian New Year Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on Saturday, March 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Memorial Union. Come see the traditional haft-sin and stay for music, refreshments, dancing, and …

MES Lecture: “Desert Melodies: Bedouin Women’s Oral Ghazal Poetry”

Miral Al-Tahawy, Arizona State University.   About the presenter:  Miral Mahgoub al-Tahawy is an associate professor of Modern Arabic literature, an award-winning Egyptian novelist and short story writer, and an affiliated member of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative …

International Conference: Refugees in/from the Middle East

Refugees in/from the Middle East: Policy Implications, Education, and Artistic Representations University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 6-7, 2020   This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who examine forced migration within …

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” For 6 weeks (February 5- March 15, 2020), the School of Human Ecology will host this multi-media installation featuring the sculptures of Mohamad Hafez, a Syrian-born, Connecticut-based …

MES Lecture: Daniel Stolz, “The Ramadan Debates”

Daniel Stolz, “The Ramadan Debates: Science, Time, and Islamic Law in the Early Twentieth Century.” University of Wisconsin-Madison   Talk description: In the early twentieth century, Muslim jurists and activists across the world debated whether …

MES Lecture: Yael Zerubavel, “Desert in the Promised Land”

Yael Zerubavel, “Desert in the Promised Land: The Politics and Semiotics of Space in Israeli Culture” Rutgers University The lecture draws on Zerubavel’s new book, Desert in the Promised Land, published by Stanford University Press (2019). …

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI at the Cinematheque

MESP is proud to co-sponsor with the UW-Cinematheque: FOUR MOVIES FROM IRANIAN DIRECTOR ABBAS KIAROSTAMI FRI., 9/20, 7 p.m. Kiarostami HOMEWORK (MASHGH-E-SHAB) Iran | 1989 | DCP | 86 min. | Persian with English subtitles …

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI at the Cinematheque

MESP is proud to co-sponsor with the UW-Cinematheque: FOUR MOVIES FROM IRANIAN DIRECTOR ABBAS KIAROSTAMI FRI., 9/20, 7 p.m. Kiarostami HOMEWORK (MASHGH-E-SHAB) Iran | 1989 | DCP | 86 min. | Persian with English subtitles …