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4/29/09

Berkeley History Professor Beshara Doumani will be in conversation with Leila Farsakh, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She is the author of Palestinian Labour Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation

The full audio of the interview will be posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 

 A conversation with young Pakistani-American playwright Wahajat Ali and his producer and Pre-eminent  literary figure, Ishmael Reed, about the play The Domestic Crusaders

 A conversation with Michel Shehade about the May 7th screening of “Salt of This Sea”, a sneak preview benefit for the 13th Annual Arab Film Festival. The screening will be at 7 PM at California Theater located at 2113 Kittredge Street in Berkeley. 

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm

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4/22/09

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 geno14Commemorating the 94th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

- Conversation with Matthew Jendian,Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fresno , as well as Stephan Astourian, Executive Director of the Armenian Studies Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Armenian Students Association at UC Berkeley will be commemorating the Armenian Genocide by holding a series of events at on the campus during the week. 

 

- A conversation with  Benjamin Gilmour about his debut film “ Son of a Lion” that will be screened in this year’s SF Film Festival. The festival is scheduled to start on April 23.  

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – April 22, 2009 at 7:00pm

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Armenian Genocide  week at UC Berkeley

35th Annual Teacher Outreach Conference: Russia and Her Neighbors

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4/15/09

Professor Mahmood Mamdani, prominent political scientist and anthropologist at Columbia University. Mahmood Mamdani’s new book is entitled “ Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror

 

 

  

achaemenid-reliefDr. Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation at Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco about a rare Achaemenid Persian relief that recently became part of the museum’s permanent collection. An all-day symposium celebrates this recent ancient art acquisition on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

 

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In this week’s program, Shahram Aghamir speaks with Imran Aslam, veteran Pakistani journalist and president of Geo TV, Pakistan’

s premier television news channel, as well as Kamran Ali, Associate Professor Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Austin in Texas. Imran Aslam and Kamran Ali discuss the U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the role of regional players such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and India in the war in Afghanistan.

Later in the program, a conversation with veteran journalist and activist Henry Norr evaluates Congress woman Barbra Lee’

s position with respect to issues such as Palestine/Israel and police brutality at home.

Sources of Interest

AFP: Fear of death stalks Pakistan women in Swat

The Independent:  Afghan leader accused of bid to ‘legalise rape’

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – April 1, 2009 at 7:00pm

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mic1March 18th, 2008

In this week’s program, we mark the 6th anniversary of the full-scale invasion and occupation of Iraq. Shahram Aghamir speaks to independent journalist Dahr Jamail and Nabil Al-Takriti, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington.

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Later in the program,  Sanaz Meshkinpour and Shuka Kalantari take us through the tradition of NoRouz that starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the equator and winter ends. Scroll to the bottom of the page to for a short video of the event, produced by Kiazad Ehya.




Check out our Flickr set for more pictures from the Charshanbeh Suri event at Nima Farsi School in Albany, California. While you are there, join our Flickr group!

Also in the program, Khalil Bendib has a commentary on the International Court of Justice indictment against Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – Occupation of Iraq, 6 years later; NoRouz, the new year – March 18, 2009 at 7:00pm

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Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran

imagegenWomen’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran offers diverse representations by women filmmakers, documentarists and artists about a broad spectrum of concerns of various forms and contents. Through these different formats, the program highlights the often-invisible threads that exist between fiction, documentary, and how they all share and integrate specific concerns and discourses about contemporary reality in the Middle East and its diasporas. The selection criteria for this program seeks to recognize works that are deserving of being part of the international cinematic canon–films such as The Silences of the Palace, and La Nouba des Femmes du Mont-Chenoua. What makes many of these works outstanding is a particular ‘female gaze’; a strong sense of empathy or engagement is brought by directors to their subjects, whilst remaining at a critical juncture and not necessarily romanticizing the ‘woman’s voice’ as so many curated programs have in the past.

March 7 to April 29, 2009 – Berkeley, CA University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive screening of “The Silences of the Palace” (March 7), “Salata Baladi” (March 12), “I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave” (March 22), “Memories of Immigration” (March 21), “Inch’Allah Sunday” (March 21), “Journey to the Sun” (April 3), “A Door to the Sky” (April 10), “Measures of Distance” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12), “Replay” (April 12), “3494 Houses and 1 Fence” (April 12), “The Kite” (April 12) and “Persepolis” (April 29)

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March 25th, 2009

In this week’s program, Khalil Bendib speaks with History Professor Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University about his new book “When and Why the Jewish People was invented.”

a surprising best seller in Israel which challenges the conventional wisdom according to which today’s Jews are a national group with a biological connection to the original Jews of Judea and Israel 2000 years ago.

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Later in the program, Dr. Alan Mikhail is in conversation with Professor Roger Allen about the work of the great Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih who passed away on February 18th a month ago. Tayeb Salih was one of the most respected Arab novelists of the 20th century.

 

And before we close, our regular commentator, the Prez in the Fez, weighs in on the subject of our first Latino president, Barack Obama. (You heard right, our first Latino president.)  


 

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm

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