Upcoming Event: UW Human Rights Initiative Seminar

When: Friday, October 29. Sessions from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: University Club, Room 313

The UW-Madison Human Rights Initiative invites students to a seminar on ”Innovative Advocacy Campaigns” related to human rights in the 21st century. Guest speakers include David Petrasek, who helped design the Amnesty International Dignity Campaign; Michael Feher, a French philosopher who established an NGO in France to counter anti-immigrant policies; Bridget Conley-Zilkic, who works for the Committee on Conscience at the Holocaust Museum; and Fuyuki Kurasawa, who looks at the role of technology in human rights activism.

Admission is free, and bagels and coffee will be provided.

For more information, please visit humanrights.wisc.edu.

TONIGHT: Middle East Film Series to Screen “Amreeka”

When: Tonight, October 26 at 6:00 pm

Where: Birge Hall, Room B-302

The Center for Middle East Studies invites all students to attend tonight’s screening of “Amreeka,” an award-winning film about a family from Palestine and their dream of building a new life in small town Illinois. Critics have praised “Amreeka” for showcasing the struggles of immigrant families, as well as the lives of first-generation teenagers who feel caught between two worlds.

Admission is free for all films–please see below for our complete schedule:

Amreeka (October 26th)
Under the Bombs (November 8th)
Le Grand Voyage (November 29th)
Daughter of Keltoum (December 14th)

These movies were produced in a variety of countries, and they address important issues such as religion, gender dynamics, and cross-cultural communication.

Upcoming Film: “Amreeka”

Film Screening: “Amreeka”

When: Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00 pm

Where: Birge Hall, Room B-302

Next Tuesday, the Center for Middle East Studies will screen the third movie in its Fall Film Series. “Amreeka” is an award-winning film about a family from Palestine, and chronicles their dream of building a new life in small town Illinois. Critics have praised “Amreeka” for showcasing the struggles of immigrant families, as well as the lives of first-generation teenagers who feel caught between two worlds.

Admission is free, and all films are screened in room B-302 of Birge Hall at 6:00 p.m. Please see below for our complete schedule:

Amreeka (October 26th)
Under the Bombs (November 8th)
Le Grand Voyage (November 29th)
Daughter of Keltoum (December 14th)

These movies were produced in a variety of countries, and they address important issues such as religion, gender dynamics, and cross-cultural communication.

Please feel free to call or email the Center with any questions. Contact information can be found at mideast.wisc.edu.

Upcoming Lecture: Professor Aisha Al-Mannai

When: Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 pm
Where: AT&T Lounge, Pyle Center
Sponsored By: UW-Madison Division of International Studies, Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions

Professor Aisha Al-Mannai will be on campus to deliver a lecture entitled “Islam’s View of Other Religions.” Professor Al-Mannai is Dean of the College of Sharia at Qatar University, and she is the first female to hold this prestigious position.

As a proponent of interfaith dialogue, Professor Al-Mannai has published on subjects including Islamic mysticism, morality, and the foundations of Islamic creed from the Qur’an and the Sunna. She serves on the Transitional Arab Parliament, the Advisory and Executive Committee of the College of Islamic Studies, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Board of Directors of the (Qatar) National Commission for Human Rights. In 2007, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak honored Dr. Al-Mannai in recognition of her contributions to Islamic studies.

Opportunity: Fellowships with American Research Institute in Turkey & National Endowment for Humanities

Application Deadline: November 15, 2010

The American Research Institute in Turkey invites applications for two to four advanced fellowships made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of the humanities, and include humanistically oriented aspects of the social sciences, prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, linguistics, and interdisciplinary aspects of cultrual history. The fellowships for research in Turkey may be held for four to twelve continuous months during 2011-2012. Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply.

For more information, please visit http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT.

Opportunity: Fellowships with The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Application Deadline: December 15, 2010

TAARII is a consortium of American universities, museums, and other scholarly institutions dedicated to the furtherance of research in and on Iraq. The Institute invites proposals from U.S. scholars for feasible research on Iraq-related topics outside the country. Such topics could include remote sensing studies of ancient Iraqi landscapes, environmental studies, research in Ottoman records related to Iraq, historical research, social science projects that involve interviews with Iraqis living abroad, joint projects involving a U.S. scholar and an Iraqi living in the country, and public health studies.

Proposals are invited from individual American post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers for awards of up to $10,000. Proposals related to the biological and physical sciences may also be considered.

Please visit the TAARII website for  more information: http://www.taarii.org.

Opportunity: Fellowships with the American Research Institute in Turkey

Application Deadline: November 1, 2010

The American Research Institute in Turkey will offer research fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, and in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply. Student applicants must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2011, and before beginning any ARIT-sponsored research.

Grants for tentures up to one year will be considered, however some preference is given to projects of shorter duration. ARIT operates hostel, research, and study facilities for researchers at its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

For more information, please visit http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/.