Calendar

Feb
16
Thu
Arab Film Series Spring 2017 – After the Spring @ Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (Room 404)
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

after-spring-2-captureWith the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced.  After Spring is the story of what happens next.  By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.  With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their live in a place that was never meant to be permanent.  World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.

Feb
23
Thu
Critical Rumblings: Postcolonial Critique in Contemporary Arab Political – Lecture by Dr. Yasmeed Daifallah (Assistant Professor Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst @ Annenberg Forum
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

yasmeen-daifallah-captureModern Arab political thinkers are often portrayed as uncritical embracers of post-Enlightenment notions of progress, reason, and freedom.  To their critics, Arab thinkers seem mostly unaware of the European history of these concepts, and of their complex trajectory in the non-European world.  Yasmeen Daifallah’s research challenges this depiction of Arab political thought by showing how some contemporary Arab thinkers appropriated modernist ideas critically and how, in so doing, they complicated these ideas beyond their European origins.