Special Event: ‘Taste of Iran’ on Dec 3rd

The Global Connections Committee of the Union Directorate is hosting an evening celebrating Iranian culture on Thursday, December 3rd from 6pm to 8pm in the On Wisconsin Room of Memorial Union.  Everyone is welcome! Come learn about the culture and contemporary issues of Iran through Iranian student presentations. Following the presentations, a FREE taste of Iranian cuisine will be provided. Bring your friends and learn more and taste more of Iran!

Visit the website for more information.

Call for Papers: 2010 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) calls for proposals for preorganized panels, round tables, thematic conversations, and individual papers for the association’s 44th annual meeting, November 18-21, 2010 in San Diego, California.

Gender Roles, Sexual Identity and Family Dynamics in Social and Legal Contexts in the Middle East and the Diaspora is the theme for the 2010 meeting.  MESA encourages members to organize sessions that consider the political, social, and cultural dimensions of the theme from historical and contemporary perspectives and from the standpoint of different regions of the broadly defined Middle East.  MESA encourages members to please range widely and creatively in contemplating the conference theme.  Paper and panel proposals on other topics are of course welcome as usual.

MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the 7th century to modern times.  Other regions including Spain, Southeastern Europe, China, and the former Soviet Union are also included for the periods in which these territories were parts of the Middle Eastern Empires or under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.  Comparative work is also encouraged.

Detailed Call for Paper instructions, including all the important criteria used by the program committee to review proposals, will be posted on MESA’s website.  All prospective participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with what is expected of submissions.  Proposals must conform to the guidelines listed in the Call for Papers instructions.

Proposals must be complete by midnight on Monday, February 15th, 2010 (Mountain Standard Time) at which time the electronic submission system will be deactivated.  Late submissions will not be considered.

Special Event: Turkish Night -Celebrating the 86th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic

Madison Association of Turkish Students (MATS) invites all friends to come and join us at our traditional night of fun, celebration, dance, music and more!


What: Turkish Night -Celebrating the 86th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic

When: 5.00pm – 9.00pm on November 22, 2009.

Where: Eagle Heights Community Center

Don’t miss the chance to taste samples from delicious Turkish cuisine!

The night is free and open to the public.

Spring Internship Opportunities in the Middle East with AISEC

Have you ever dreamed of coordinating an AIDS Awareness campaign in Morocco? Interested in working with NGOs in Bahrain, or work on environmental legislation in Egypt?
The Middle East-North Africa Growth Network in AIESEC Madison is ready to make your dreams a reality!

AIESEC is an organization dedicated to matching smart, committed individuals with overseas internship opportunities. Through an internship, one develops the leadership skills and personal discipline necessary to excel in any professional field. AIESEC is based in 109 countries around the world, and that means no matter where you want to go or what you want to do, AIESEC will be able to find a personalized internship that matches your specific interests.

Why go on a study abroad program, when you could be PAID to work in a foreign country? In addition, the initial investment to participate is MUCH LESS than fees for study abroad programs!
Don’t take a passive approach to your international experience! Through an AIESEC internship, you will be actively participating in your favorite academic field, interacting with natives, and getting compensated for the work you do. The personal satisfaction from such an experience is tremendous; you won’t want to leave!

These opportunities are AFFORDABLE and readily AVAILABLE (as soon as THIS SPRING semester!) If you’re interested in opportunities in MOROCCO, TUNISIA, BAHRAIN, EGYPT, IRAN, JORDAN, OMAN, QATAR, or the UAE, we will be hosting information sessions to prepare you for what could be one of the best experiences of your entire life.

This is an opportunity to use your political science knowledge and apply it to the real world!

The info sessions are:
Wednesday November 18th at 6pm in 1101 Humanities (There will be Baklava!)
And this Thursday, November 19th we will be having an info session before the Middle East Studies Movie:

Spring 2010 Middle East Studies Certificate Courses

Spring 2010 Middle East Studies Certificate Courses List

Students are urged to consult with an advisor and declare a certificate early in their undergraduate studies.  To do so, students may email Professor Uli Schamiloglu (uschamil@wisc.edu) to set up an appointment.

Please consult the Middle East Studies website for more information regarding certificate requirements: (http://mideast.wisc.edu/certificate/)

Webcast: The Palestine Center 2009 Annual Conference presents “The Erasure of Palestine” featuring UW Professor Jennifer Loewenstein

The Palestine Center 2009 Annual Conference “The Erasure of Palestine” will be broadcast live for audiences to stream via the internet directly to your computer. This event will feature University of Wisconsin Professor Jennifer Loewenstein remarking on “Gaza and Israel’s Long-term Objective” at 9:30 Eastern Standard Time.

Watch it online live here during the conference.

2009 Conference Agenda
9:00-9:10 Welcome Remarks by Dr. Subhi Ali, Chairman, The Jerusalem Fund Board of Directors

9:10- 9:30 Introduction and Rationale by Dr. Naseer Aruri, Conference Program Chair

9:30-10:45 Panel I: Erasure Before and After 1967,

Chair: Ms. Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies

A. Gaza and Israel’s Long-term Objective
Ms. Jennifer Loewenstein, Faculty Associate of Middle East Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B. The Erasure of the Palestinian State Project
Dr. Leila Farsakh, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Ms. Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Panel II: Shrinking Space and Colonization
Chair: Dr. Eid Mustafa, Treasurer, The Jerusalem Fund Board of Directors

A. Bantustanization: The Wall, Settlements and Colonization
Dr. Laurie King, Adjunct Professor of Popular Culture, Georgetown University

B. Greater Jerusalem: What Is It?
Mr. Will Youmans, New Media Consultant, The Jerusalem Fund

12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Panel III: National Fragmentation and Cohesion
Chair: Dr. Halim Barakat, Scholar of Sociology and Novelist

A. Identity Card: Darwish and National Assertion-Presence in the Shadow of Erasure
Dr. Elliott Colla, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

B. Palestinian Existence (wujud): Grassroots Activism and Solidarity
Mr. Ali Abunimah, Author and Journalist

3:00-4:15 Final Remarks: The Role of the International Community in the Erasure
Chair: Ms. Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

A. The Role of the United Nations and International Law
Ms. Susan Akram,Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University

B. United States Policy and Palestine: Oslo, the Intifada and Erasure
Dr. Naseer Aruri, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

4:15-5:00 Discussion

For more information regarding this event, visit: http://www.palestinecenterblog.org/2009/11/annual-conference-erasure-of-palestine.html