DIA Middle East/North Africa Information Session – Thursday, April 19th, 2012

This Thursday (from 4-5 pm) in the Round Table Room on the Third Floor of the Memorial Union the Defense Intelligence Agency (a U.S. government agency) will be hosting an information session detailing all the job opportunities available to students in their department.  These specific job opportunities will be related to the Middle East and North Africa and should be of interest to any students currently studying in those fields.  Joseph Eckerbert, the Staff Director for the Middle East/North Africa office of the DIA, will be presenting at the lecture and will stay afterwards (until 7 P.M.) to answer any questions from students/prospective employees.  Anyone is free to bring in a copy of their resumes, which Mr. Eckerberg will be happy to provide feedback and guidance on.  Click on the DIA flier for more information on this event

April 2011: Lecture and Q&A About Libya

Do you want to know more about the current situation in Libya?
The Distinguished Lecture Series will present a spotlight on Libya event
Monday April 25 at 6pm in the Memorial Union (for room check TITU).
No tickets required, seating may be limited.

Our presenter is UW Political Science Prof. Jon Pevehouse
who will be discussing recent events and hosting a Q&A.

Prof. Jon Pevehouse is an expert in international relations theory,
international security, foreign policy, international political economy, and political methodology.
Specifically, Professor Pevehouse focuses on the link between international institutions and their political
and economic outcomes whether at the domestic or international level.
Topics on which he has recently published include reciprocity in regional conflicts,
regional trade agreements, international influences on democratization, and economic interdependence.

April 2011 Lecture: “Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond”

The Middle East Studies Program will be hosting the final lecture of our Spring Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm in Ingraham Hall, Room 206.  Professor Mehdi Bozorgmehr will be giving a lecture entitled “Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond” based on his book of the same title.

This award-wining book is a comprehensive analysis of the impact of hate crimes and government initiatives on Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans after 9/11 and the organized responses of these communities.  Mehdi Bozorgmehr is Professor of Sociology and founding Co-Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

For more information, please visit mideast.wisc.edu or email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.  Please see attached flier.

Thanks so much and we hope to see you there!

Middle East Studies Program

April 2011: Upcoming Event: The Arabian Nights

Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha,
creators of the animated series, 1001 Nights
and co-founders of its production company, Big Bad Boo Studios

in a conversation

‘Negotiating the opportunities and dangers
of representing 1001 Nights
at this historical moment
in the US’

Thursday, April 7
1 – 2 p.m.
6203 Social Science Bldg.

The conversation with Rezaei and Jetha is made possible by the ongoing series “Great World Texts in Wisconsin,” sponsored and organized by the U.W. Madison Humanities Center. This year’s “world text” is 1001 Nights. Following on teachers’ workshop in fall and spring semesters, the Center is hosting a student conference on Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 – 3:30 in the Memorial Union to showcase the work of high-school students from around the state who’ve been reading 1001 Nights in their classes. Rezaei and Jetha are the keynote speakers at that conference.

For more information, visit the event website.

Waltz with Bashir Free Screening Tuesday, April 5

As part of the Middle East Studies Program Spring Film Series, there will be a free screening of Waltz with Bashir on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 pm in Humanities room 1131.

Waltz with Bashir (2008) is internationally recognized as one of the best Middle Eastern films in recent years.  The film is an Israeli animated documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman.  It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories as a 19 year old infantry soldier in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1982 Lebanon War.  The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and won the Best Film Award from the National Society of Film Critics.

For more information, email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu or visit mideast.wisc.edu.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Middle East Studies Program

Upcoming Concert

A message from the event creator:

My roommate and I are planning a philanthropy concert for the victims of fires that took place in the Carmel mountains. One of the artists featured is Y-love, and African-American Jew who raps in five languages: Arabic, Aramaic, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. A lot of his songs are about peace in the Middle East and world peace. We believe a lot of Middle-eastern studies students would be interested in attending this concert. The concert is Thursday, April 7 and doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are available online at http://www.uwhillel.org/hiphop or people can contact me (zbmiller@wisc.edu) if they would like to skip the online process and get paper tickets immediately. Interested students should act soon. Thanks.

- Zac Miller

Volunteers Needed – The Arabian Nights

The Center for the Humanities’ Great World Texts program is organizing its annual Student Conference, an all-day event at which high school students from throughout the state will present the work they’ve been doing this year in their participation with The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin.

They are still looking for volunteers who can help with this event (for as long or as little as they’re able), which will take place from 8:00 am-4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6 in Memorial Union.  Volunteers will help students check in, find their rooms, and sit in on presentations to participate in the Q&A and help give students a sense of the college experience.  Students and instructors of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies are especially encouraged to participate, so they can engage in conversations with these students and share their experiences and perspectives.

If you can help, please contact Heather DuBois Bourenane, the Project Coordinator, at greattexts@humanities.wisc.edu and let her know your availability.

Galilee Exchange Program

A message from the Coordinator:

My name is William Spisak, I am from the American Mideast Leadership Network, a 
non-profit organization based in New York that seeks to improve relations 
between the U.S. and the Arab world  through exchange programs. I am writing to 
you in regards to our latest  program, the "My Galilee" Exchange Program in 
Israel this Summer. "My Galilee", organized with our sister organization the  
American Cultural Center of Nazareth (ACCON), is a unique initiative as  it 
focuses on grassroots dialogue between American students and  Arab-Israeli 
students in the Galilee- a part of Israel with an Arab  majority. This program 
will display the truly multidimensional nature of  the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict. The program will include daily Arabic classes, meetings with political 
leaders,  dialogue sessions with Arab-Israeli students to discuss salient issues  
in US-Arab relations, meetings with civic leaders from across the political 
spectrum, and of course visits to all the historical sites associated with the 
Galilee and Jerusalem. 

For more information you can visit our partner's site at www.accon.us  otherwise email me 
or feel free to call me at 347-924-9674. We are currently accepting 
applications, and seats are  limited.Thank  you.  


William Spisak 
Employment and Internship Services Coordinator 
American Mideast Leadership Network 
P: 347-924-9674
F. 917-591-2177
25-82 Steinway St/ Suite 2R 
Astoria, NY 11103 

Upcoming Lecture: “The Little Ice Age Crisis in the Ottoman Empire”

The Middle East Studies Program is proud to announce the next lecture in our Spring Lecture Series, “The Little Ice Age Crisis in the Ottoman Empire” by Professor Sam White of Oberlin College.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 6pm in Ingraham Hall Room 206.

Dr. White’s research specializes on the early modern world and on the study of past climate fluctuations and their impact on human societies.  His first book, The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, on the Little Ice Age crisis in the Middle East, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit mideast.wisc.edu, call (608)265-6583, or email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!