Gaza Strip lecture on Thursday April 12th, 2012

The Center of Middle East Studies is proud to co-sponsor a talk by Dr. Mads Gilbert this upcoming Thursday April 12th at 7:00 P.M. in 180 Science Hall.  Dr. Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor who has worked with the citizens of Gaza over the past three years, particularly during Israel’s 2009 bombardment of the Gaza Strip.  He treated scores of bombing victims during his time in Gaza and has been back to Gaza recently as well.

He has been a vocal critic of the lack of international aid to the bombing victims of Gaza and co-authored a memoir of his experiences entitled Eyes in Gaza about his experiences.  Dr. Gilbert will deliver a speech covering his time in Gaza and feelings towards the Gaza situation – and then the floor will be opened up to any questions or discussions from the audience.  It will be a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the Gaza situation and it’s consequences on an international and local level.

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Middle East Film Series: Ajami

Middle East Studies is happy to invite you to a screening of the film Ajami on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 pm in Humanities Room 1131, as part of our Spring Film Series.

Ajami is a powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood – a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims, and Christians – and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants.  As their stories intersect we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

Ajami was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and won several awards at Middle Eastern film festivals.  For more information visit: http://www.kino.com/ajami/

We hope to see you there!  Admission is free and open to all.

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

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.

Opportunity: American Friends Service Committee and Interfaith Peacebuilders delegation to Israel/Palestine July 24-August 6 2010

Apply today to join American Friends Service Committee and Interfaith Peacebuilders delegation to Israel/Palestine!

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Youth Realities and Peacebuilding Initiatives
July 24 – August 6, 2010

Join Interfaith Peace-Builders and the American Friends Service Committee (Great Lakes Region) for a unique opportunity to learn about the current situation in Israel/Palestine through the eyes of youth and activists.  The on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice, and witness the current realities of life in Israel and occupied Palestine.

Two thirds of the Palestinian population and one third of the Israeli population are under the age of 25. More than just numbers, youth in Israel/Palestine play important roles in community development, lead nonviolent struggles for justice, and work together across national lines towards reconciliation.  They are also among the conflict’s most tragic victims.  This delegation will explore issues relevant to young people in Palestine/Israel, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict.  Our itinerary will feature meetings with Palestinian and Israeli youth and youth workers as well as leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, religious leaders and more.

For more information, go to http://www.ifpb.org

JACOB PACE is Communications and Grants Coordinator at IFPB, and staffs the San Francisco office. Jake has worked with Partners for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in the US; and with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, respectively. Jake was a delegate on an IFPB delegation in 2003 trip and co-led a 2008 trip.

MIRYAM RASHID is the Director of the Middle East Program for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.  Miryam lived in the occupied West Bank for five years and was involved with Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations from 1998 to 2000.   She holds an MA in Middle East Studies and has co-led AFSC-IFPB delegations to Palestine and Israel in 2006 and 2008.

COST: $2,100 includes accommodations, breakfasts, dinners, guides, support upon your return, and more.  Cost does not include airfare. Apply early to lock in low fares!

Cost, including international airfare, is approximately $3,500.

For more information, contact Miryam Rashid at mrashid@afsc.org or 312-427-2533 x18