Lecture: “Ancient Synagogues in the Land of Israel” by Jodi Magness on April 28th

On Tuesday April 28th at 7:30pm in the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street), Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will be discussing the more than 100 ancient synagogue buildings that have been discovered in ancient Palestine. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness surveys these buildings, focusing especially on the surprising pagan motifs that decorate some of them, and considering such questions as where and when the institution of the synagogue originated. The lecture brings together archaeology, art history, and religious studies in a study of a central institution of Judaism with important ramifications for early Christianity.

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and the Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies; co-sponsored by the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, the Religious Studies Program, and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.

Lecture: “The Qur’an in the Enlightenment: Translations, Readings, and Impact” by Ziad Elmarsafy on April 27th

Professor Ziad Elmarsafy will be giving a lecture on the interpreting the Qur’an during the Enlightenment Period on April 27th at 4:30pm at the French House, 633 N. Frances St.

Professor Elmarsafy is Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. A reception will follow this lecture. This event is part of the lecture series on “Enlightenment, francité and Their ‘Others’ in the Eighteenth Century: Gender, Religion, and Race.”

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the Department of French and Italian and the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR), Anonymous Fund, and the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies

Lecture and Poetry Reading: “Mahmoud Darwish: When a Poet Becomes An Endless Poem” by Dr. Najat Rahman on April 23rd and 24th

The UW Chapter of Justice for Palestine is hosting a two-part tribute to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

On Thursday, April 23rd TITU at 7pm, Dr. Najat Rahman will give a lecture about the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the significance of his poetry. The lecture will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

On Friday, April 24th in the On Wisconsin Room in the Red Gym at 7:30pm, Dr. Najat Rahman will present another lecture on Darwish to be followed by music, poetry recitation in Arabic and English, UW poets reciting their writing, and a fantastic art exhibit from Palestine. Food reception will include Mediterranean food.

Dr. Najat Rahman is an assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of Montreal.  She is the author of Literary Disinheritance: The Writing of Home in the Work of Mahmoud Darwish and Assia Djebar and an editor for Mahmoud Darwish, Exile’s Poet: Critical Essays.

Discussion: “Integration of Turks in Germany: Is Integration a one way street?” with Özcan Mutlu on April 15th

Özcan Mutlu, spokesperson for Education and European Policies of the Bündnis 90/The Greens in Germany, will be speaking on Turkish integration in Germany on April 15th at 4pm in 206 Ingraham Hall.

Özcan Mutlu

Özcan Mutlu

Özcan Mutlu has been Spokesperson for Education and European Policies for the Green Party (Bündnis/90 Die Grünen) in the Berlin House of Representatives (Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus) since 1999. From 1992 until 1999 he was a member of the district council of Berlin-Kreuzberg. He has been a member of Alliance 90/The Greens since 1990. Since 1995 Mr. Mutlu has been particularly active in the fields of education, migration, and environmental policies, and has participated in multiple Green Party committees. He is also a member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Migration Forum.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Madison Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, The Center for German and European Studies, The European Union Center of Excellence, and The La Follete School of Public Affairs.

Documentary Screening: ‘A Jihad for Love’ on April 15th

The UW Queer Student Alliance and AISEC are sponsoring a screening of the award winning documentary ‘Jihad for Love’ on Wednesday, April 15th at 8:30pm in 1121 Humanities.  The documentary deals with the delicate topic of homosexuality in 12 Islamic countries.  Following the screening, the director Parvez Sharma, a gay Muslim Indian filmmaker, will give a brief lecture.

Visit the film’s website for more information.


Muslim Student Association sponsors Islam Awarness Week April 13th-18th

Islam Awarness Week Event Flier

Islam Awarness Week Event Flier

The UW-Madison Muslim Student Association is sponsoring Islam Awarness Week April 13th -18th:

Monday, April 13th: Experience the Muslim World with the Islamic Cultural Bazaar, 6:30-9pm in the Chadbourne Main Lounge

Tuesday, April 14th: Lecture: ‘Who Speaks for Islam?’ by Dalia Mogahed of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.  The lecture will be held in the Morgidge Auditorium in Grainger Hall at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, April 15th: ‘Hijab for a Day.’ Wear a hijab around campus all day and then come share your experiences at a panel of Muslim speakers at 7pm in the Memorial Union Great Hall.  If you do not own a hijab, you may borrow one by coming to the Monday or Tuesday events.

Thursday, April 16th: Screening of the Movie ‘Traitor’ starring Don Cheadle, Carson’s Upper Gulley in Lakeshore at 7:30pm. Free Food!

Friday, April 17th: Stand up comedy and a movie with Aman Ali. Philips Louge, Ogg Hall at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 18th: Open House at the Islamic Center of Madison Area (21 North Orchard Street).  At night help fight poverty by coming to the Orphan Sponsorship Dinner at the Eagle Heights Community Center (611 Eagle Heights) at 6pm.  The event is sponsored by Islamic Relief and UW Project Downturn.

All events are open to the public. For more information visit the MSA Website.

Panel Discussion: “Feminism in Shadow of Conflict: Shaping visions and building movements for just peace” on April 10th

The Center for Middle East Studies, the Women’s Studies Research Center, and Student for Justice for Palestine are sponsoring a panel on Feminism and Conflict on April 10th at 12:30pm in Bascom 260, UW-Madison. The Panel will feature:


Lin Chalozin-Dovrat teaches political science at Sapir College in Sderot and studies for a PhD in linguistics at Tel Aviv University. She was a campaigner for B’Tselem Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, coordinator of the Coalition against the Wall and member of the Coalition of Women for Peace.

Adv. Ola Shtewee has worked as a lawyer with ‘Kayan’ – Palestinian feminist center in Haifa, and as a co-ordinator of the Forum of Women for Fair Budget in Israel, a Jewish-Palestinian forum for gender mainstreaming.

Naama Nagar worked with the Israeli committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD), founded ‘from another perspectives – tours along the separation wall’ project and facilitated Palestinian-Israeli youth encounters.

Moderator: Duaa M. Salameh, Ph.d student in English literature, researching Postcolonialism and Feminism.

The event is free and open to the public.