Upcoming Lecture: John Mearsheimer on Israel’s Future

What: Lecture by John Mearsheimer: Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, author of books including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics.

When: Wednesday, November 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: 3650 Humanities (455 Park Street)

Sponsored By: Student Progressive Dane & Middle Eastern Law Students Association

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Upcoming Film: “Under the Bombs”

Film Screening: “Under the Bombs”

When: Monday, November 8 at 6:00 pm

Where: Birge Hall, Room B-302

Next Monday, the Center for Middle East Studies will screen the fourth movie in its Fall Film Series. “Under the Bombs” is an award-winning film about the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 2006, positively reviewed for its discussion of human rights, religious tolerance, and cross-cultural communication.

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:

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 the lives of children in conflict zones.

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 Events: Middle East Film Series

The Center for Middle East Studies welcomes all students to attend its Fall 2010 Film Series. Selected movies will showcase a range of social, political, and religious landscapes, and most were produced in Middle Eastern countries. All events are free, and movies will be screened at 6:00 pm in Birge Hall, Room B-302.

October 4: Children of Heaven (Iran, 1997)

October 11: Promises (Israel/Palestine, 2001)

October 26: Amreeka (United States, 2009)

November 8: Under the Bombs (Lebanon, 2007)

November 29: Le Grand Voyage (France/Morocco, 2004)

December 14: Daughter of Keltoum (Algeria, 2001)

Feel free to contact the Middle East Studies office with any questions.

Lecture: Norman Finkelstein presents ‘This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion

The Middle East Interest Group will be hosting scholar and author Norman Finkelstein on April 13, 2010 presenting commentary on the 2008-09 Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ into the Gaza Strip titled, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion in 2650 Humanities at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The child of two survivors of the Holocaust and deeply impacted by the attrocities that occur in war by his family’s experience, Finkelstein is an American political scientist who has devoted his life to studying the Arab-Israeli conflict. As a strong critic of Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, Finkelstein has been the target of attacks on his scholarship that culminated in 2007 with the denial of his tenure as a professor at DePaul University. Finkelstein earned Ph.D. in politics at Princeton University in 1982.

Hailed as a courageous scholar and truth teller by some and denounced as a Jewish “anti-Semite” by others, Norman Finkelstein is easily described as a polarizing figure who writes and speaks openly and often about his views regarding one of the world’s most debated conflicts. This internationally recognized Jewish-American scholar on the Israel-Palestine conflict will discuss his views and his latest book “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion” in a public lecture in Humanities 2650.

The author of books such as “Image and Reality of the Isreal Palestien Conflict”, “The Holocaust Industry”, and his most recent “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion”, Finkelstein is a Jewish voice seeking to add clarity to an often explosive debate and discusses numerous essential questions about the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

ALSO SPEAKING AND PERFORMING:
Lowkey, a British musician, poet, and plaiyright of British and Iraqi descent, and a passionate advocate for the victims of war around the world.

Their appearances are being sponsored by: The Center for Middle East Studies, Campus Antiwar Network, Madison Rafah Sister-City Project, The Havens Center, Student Labor Action Coalition, Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Committee, UW Center for Global Health, Rainbow Book Store Co-Operative, Haymarket Books, International Socialist Organization, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, The Nelson Institute, 89.9 WORT, Student Progressive Dane, Vets for Peace, and Muslim Students Association.

Lecture & Film: Josh Broiler Reports on Gaza Freedom March followed by ‘Return to the Land of Wonders’ (Iraq, 2004)

6:00 pm Wednesday March 17

1101 Humanities

Joshua Brollier, an activist with Voices for Creative Nonviolence (formerly Voices in the Wilderness) in Chicago, will give a slide presentation and reflect on his participation in the Gaza Freedom March in January 2010.

The Gaza Freedom March aimed to challenge Israel’s ongoing siege and blockade of Gaza and to commemorate the lives lost during last year’s Operation Cast Lead, a 22-day Israeli military assault that killed 1,400 Palestinians and wounded 5,300.

One of over 1300 delegates from 43 countries, Joshua found the original plans for a march across Gaza and through the Israeli border at Erez thwarted by the Egyptian government, which in support of Israel refused to allow passage through the Rafah crossing from from Egypt into Gaza. The resulting large and small unsanctioned demonstrations in support of Gaza in Cairo were also met with disruption and force. While the original plan was not achieved, the actions in Cairo raised awareness, strengthened international solidarity and resulted in the Cairo Declaration, a South African-led call for sustained international action against Israeli policies.

Sponsored by Kavanah and the Middle East Interest Group

Following the lecture, the film ‘Return to the Land of Wonders (Iraq, 2004) will be screened at 7:30 pm in Room 1101 Humanities as part of the Center for Middle East Studies Iraq Film Series.

Synopsis: Not long after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi returns to her home city of Baghdad after 35 years. She accompanies her father, 80-year-old Adnan Pachachi, who is returning to head the committee responsible for drafting Iraq’s temporary constitution and Bill of Rights. We follow this tortuous process, with its arguments over wording changes demanded by U.S. leaders in Washington and compromises made to satisfy Iraqi sectarian interests. Moving between the political sphere and everyday life on the streets, Return To The Land Of Wonders offers a unique glimpse into the resilience of the Iraqi people as they struggle to sustain their lives without succumbing to despair and defeat.