Reminder: Middle East Film Series Tonight!

Film Screening: “Le Grand Voyage”

When: Monday, November 29 at 6:00 pm

Where: Birge Hall, Room B-302

As part of fall semester’s Middle East Film Series, we will be screening “Le Grand Voyage” tonight at 6:00 pm in Birge B-302. “Le Grand Voyage” follows the story of Reda, a college student who agrees to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The characters struggle with a wide cultural and generational gap, but they embark on a life-changing road trip through France, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

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

Le Grand Voyage (November 29)
Daughter of Keltoum (December 14)

These movies were produced in a variety of countries, and they address important issues such as religion, gender dynamics, and the lives of children in conflict zones.

Upcoming Event: Pulitzer Award Winner Anthony Shadid

What: Lecture entitled “The Truths We Tell: Reporting on Faith, War and the Fate of Iraq”

When: Thursday, December 2 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Where: Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center

Mr. Shadid is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and is stationed in Baghdad. Fluent in Arabic, he has focused much of his work on the experiences of the Iraqi citizens, which he highlighted in his highly acclaimed book, Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War. Shadid has been reporting from the Middle East for over 15 years for the Boston Globe, Associated Press, Washington Post, and now The New York Times.

This visit, co-sponsored by the Center for Journalism Ethics at UW-Madison and partially funded by the University Lectures Committee, will also allow Shadid to meet with interested students and local journalists to further discuss the topics of religion and reporting during his stay.

Reminder: Turkish Film Festival Continues on Sunday

What: 6th Annual Turkish Film Festival
When: November 13 and 14, 2010
Where: Play Circle, Memorial Union

This weekend, the Madison Association of Turkish Students is hosting its sixth annual Turkish Film Festival. The Center for Middle East Studies is co-sponsoring this event, and we encourage all interested students to attend. Admission is free, and films will be screened with English subtitles.

On Sunday, “Bornova Bornova” will be screened at 1:00 pm, and “Wrong Rosary” will play at 4:00 pm.

For more information, please visit http://mtsa.rso.wisc.edu/.

Reminder: Turkish Film Festival This Weekend

What: 6th Annual Turkish Film Festival
When: November 13 and 14, 2010
Where: Play Circle, Memorial Union

This weekend, the Madison Association of Turkish Students will host its sixth annual Turkish Film Festival. The Center for Middle East Studies is co-sponsoring this event, and we encourage all interested students to attend. Admission is free, and films will be screened with English subtitles.

On Saturday, “10 to 11” will be screened at 1:00 pm and “Soul Kitchen” will play at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, “Bornova Bornova” will be screened at 1:00 pm, and “Wrong Rosary” will play at 4:00 pm.

For more information, please visit http://mtsa.rso.wisc.edu/.

Upcoming Event: International Conference on the Gulen Movement

What: A conference based on the Gulen movement, a transnational organization inspired by the teachings of Turkish-Islamic philosopher Fethullah Gulen.

When: November 11-13, 2010

Where: University of Chicago

The conference is interdisciplinary and designed to combine perspectives on theology, religious studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, literature, history, philosophy, law, psychology, economics, political science, and international relations, as well as many others.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For more information, please visit http://www.chicagogulenconference.org/