Lecture: “The New Turkey in the New World” by Mustafa Özel on Nov 9th

On Monday, November 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm in 5243 Humanities, Professor Mustafa Özel will be giving a lecture entitled “The New Turkey in the New World.”

Professor Mustafa Özel teaches international economics and management at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. Chairman of the Foundation for Sciences and Arts of Istanbul (Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi: http://www.bisav.org.tr) and Vice-Chairman of the National Culture Foundation of Turkey (Turkiye Milli Kültür Vakfi: http://www.tmkv.com), Dr. Özel also writes for the Turkish daily Yeni Þafak (www.yenisafak.com) and serves as the editor-in-chief for the monthly Anlayýþ (www.anlayis.net).

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Turkish Studies and the UW History Department.

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Special Event: ‘Ataturk Remembrance Day’ sponsored by Madison Association of Turkish Students Nov 10

ataturkThe Madison Association of Turkish Students will be celebrating the life and accomplishments Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30pm in the Student Activity Center, East Campus Mall. Ataturk is revered by many as the founder of the Turkish nation as well as its first president.

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday: Seymanur Celik  scelik@wisc.edu

Middle East Film Series: Iranian film ‘Offside’ on November 5th

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The Middle East Studies Program will be screening the film Offside (Iran 2006: 93 minutes) on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm in 1651 Humanities as part of the Fall 2009 Middle East Film Series.  The film will be screened in Persian with English subtitles.  Directed by Jafar Panahi, the film received honors at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival.

The film focuses on several women attempting to sneak in to the 2005 World Cup Qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain in violation of an Iranian law that forbids women from attending soccer matches.

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program

Third Annual Certificate Showcase on Nov. 9th

Third Annual Certificate Showcase, sponsored by Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) and the Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS), will be held on November 9th at 5pm in the Chadbourne Main Lounge.  This event will give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn more about the Middle East Studies program so that they may make an informed decision about adding a supplemental course of study to their major of choice.

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: ‘Iran’s Mongol Experience’ by David O. Morgan on Oct 28th

Professor David Morgan will giving a lecture entitled “Iran’s Mongol Experience” on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30pm in the Chazen Museum of Art, Room L140.  This lecture is sponsored by the UW Center for the Humanitiesas part of their ‘Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture’ Series.attach.msc

Iran was invaded by the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan in 1219-23, and again by his grandson in the 1250s. The Mongol kingdom that was set up at that time lasted until the 1330s. The lecture will explore the nature of the Mongol impact on Iran. Was it wholly destructive, as traditionally believed, or are there positive elements that historians, without minimising the death and destruction that the Mongols brought with them, ought also to consider?

David O. Morgan is professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Medieval Persia 1040-1797, “History of the Near East” (Longman, 1988) and The Mongols, “Peoples of Europe” (Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1986).

Please join us for a “Humanities Happy Hour” before the lecture, The University Club will open a cash bar from 4pm-5.30 that afternoon.

Call for Papers: Globalization and the Middle East in the 21st Century

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Encounters, an international journal for the study of culture and society is accepting paper for their upcoming issue focusing on Globalization and the Middle East in the 21st Century.  Papers on the relationship between the Middle East and growth regions in Asia, especially China and India in the context of global economic downturn will receive particular attention.  Papers dealing with migration and changing identity in the Gulf will also receive particular interest.

Please submit your papers (5,000 to 10,000 words) electronically in MS Word format, font size 12  to encounters@zu.ac.ae by December 15th, 2009.