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 …

35th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East

Call for Papers 35th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference Theorizing Gender and Sexuality in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL May 1-3, 2020 We invite proposals for papers …

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 …