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April 24, 2013. 4 p.m. VPAC, Room LA 181. Documentary film "The Light in Her Eyes." Filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix will discuss discuss making the film. Please click this link for the event flyer.
March 6, 2013. 4 p.m. VPAC, Room LA 181. Documentary film "The Suffering Grasses" and discussion about the Syrian civil war with artist Fadia Afashe and actor Jihad Abdo. Please click this link for the event flyer
November 8, 2012. 4 p.m. Jerome Richfield, Room 221. Citizen Media in Lebanon. Presenter: Melissa Wall, CSUN Journalism professor. Please click this link for the event flyer
October 29, 2012. 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. USU Grand Salon. Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case of Liberty. Lecture by Mustafa Akyol. Please click this link for the event flyer
October 25, 2012. 11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. USU Flintridge Room. Islamophobia: Beyond Myths to Social Change. Presenter: Amer Ahmed. Please click this link for the event flyer
October 25, 2012. 4 p.m. Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 221. Muslim Women and Social Change in the U.S. Lecture by Ferial Masry. Please click this link for the event flier.
April 19th, 2012. 4 p.m. Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 246, CSUN. Women, Education and Development in the Middle East. Lecture by Hossein Hafezian. Please click this link for the Event flier.
April 24th, 2012. 7 p.m. Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451, CSUN. Tunisia Jasmine Revolution. From Rebellian to Revolution. Lecture by Dr. Imed Bouslama, Fulbright Scholar from Tunisia at UC, Berkeley. Please click this link for the event flier.
November 9, 2011
Sala De la Osa Room, 2nd Floor, Student Union
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Address: 9851 Zelzah Ave., Northridge, CA 91330-8273
Tel: (818) 677-2890
Welcoming Remarks, Elizabeth Say, Dean, College of Humanities, CSUN
Introductory Remarks, Nayereh Tohidi, Director, MEIS, CSUN
9:10-10:10 AM: Keynote Speaker
Juan Cole, University of Michigan:
MESA past president, former MENAS director at UM
"Teaching the Middle East: Achievements and Challenges"
10:30AM-12:00 noon: Panel 1
Teaching MEIS through the Humanities and Arts: What Do Students Need to Know?
Moderated by Mustafa Ruzgar, CSUN
1. Zayn Kassam, Pomona College (Religious Studies)
2. Linda Komaroff, LACMA (Arts & Architecture)
3. Nouri Gana, UCLA (Literature)
4. Dwight Reynolds, UCSB (Music & Folklore)
Lunch Break 12:00-1:30, Geronimo's Dining Hall at SSU
Note: Interested persons will join the 12:00-1:30 Working Lunch with MEIS Directors from CSU/UC Campuses.
1:30PM-3:00PM: Panel 2
Teaching MEIS through the Social Sciences: What Do Students Need to Know?
Moderated by Rachel Howes, CSUN
1. Sondra Hale, UCLA (Gender)
2. Susan Slyomovics, UCLA (Anthropology)
3. James Gelvin, UCLA (History)
4. Eliz Sanasarian, USC (Political Science)
3:15-4:15 PM: Panel 3
Teaching MEIS through the Languages: The Main Issues at Hand
Moderated by Ahmed Bouguarche, CSUN
1. Olga Kagan, UCLA: Foreign Languages, Heritage Languages
2. Dwight Reynolds, UCSB: Arabic--A Commonly Taught "Less Commonly Taught Language"
4:30-6 PM: Concluding Round Table
The Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans--Community and Cultural Continuity
Moderated by Jody E. Myers, CSUN
Note: Participants will include teachers of Middle Eastern languages in academia and from Middle Eastern American community and religious centers (including mosques, synagogues, churches), and representatives from the various ethnic communities and the media addressing issues such as teaching for proficiency, whether language offerings should be required or elective, inter-generational perspectives about priorities and objectives, expectations and resources, etc.
6:00 PM:Reception & Azimuth-Ascension Exhibition
New Sahara Gallery
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324
451 Sierra Hall, Whitsett Room (4th Floor).
Address: Cal State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8254
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Teaching about Immigration and Representation: The Middle East and/in the US
2:00 PM: Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Nayereh Tohidi, CSUN
Moderated by Suzanne Scheld, CSUN
2:10-3:15 PM: Middle Eastern Americans
3:30-4:30 pm: Middle Eastern Americana
Moderated by Owen Doonan, CSUN
Jonathan Friedlander, UCLA
4:45-6:00 PM: Concluding Round Table: Academia, Community Voices, and Ethnic Media
Moderated by Melissa Wall, CSUN
6:00 PM: Reception & Film
Amreeka (96 minutes)