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Events Prior to 2012

Events that occurred prior to the 2013-2014 Academic Year
Zoom talk and discussion (R 5/21, 4 pm) on marriage
Zoom talk and discussion Blurring Legal and Communal Boundaries: Marriage and Ottoman Armenians in Erzurum and Van, 1830s-1870s by Dr. Dzovinar Derderian May 21, 2020, 4:00 PM @
ME/SA end of the year event This event is canceled due to COVID 19!
Jamil Kochai Lecture
This event has been canceled!
ME/SA Research Symposium
Abstract to be submitted to by 5 pm, Friday, March 6, 2020. Include your name, your major for undergraduates/department for graduates, year in program, advisor. This Symposium has been canceled!!
Vivek Randive Lecture
This Lecture has been canceled!!
Lecture by Sholeh Wolpe - Bita Baryabari Lecture Series
Reception 6:30pm Lecture 7pm This Lecture has been canceled!!
Houri Berberian - Bita Darybari Lecture series
Reception 6:30pm Lecture 7pm
Ussama Makdisi Lecture
Reception 6pm Lecture 7pm
Dr Brar - Lecture on his book on Jabji Shab
Details coming soon!
Lecture by Hamid Naficy - Bita Baryabari Lecture Series
Reception - 6:30pm Lecture - 7pm
Lecture & Performance by Timucin Cevikoglu - Sufi Music
ME/SA Open House
Program Committee Meeting
Reading by Novelist Sahba Sarwar
Suraj Yengde Lecture
Pann Naik Poetry Reading
Hafla Mela 2019
Commemorate the ME/SA graduating Class of 2018 and celebrate the achievement of the ME/SA Academic program and community
A reading and discussion by Author Terence Ward
Terence Ward's critically acclaimed memoir Searching for Hassan narrates the story of an American family's odyssey back to Iran. The passion and love that drives their search and miraculous encounter lives on today in many forms. The author will describe the impact of this bond between the Ward and Ghasemi family and reflect on past and future. Ward's deeply human story has become a bestseller in both Iran and in America.
Stone Men
The palestinians who built Israel
South Asia Film Festival
Presented by UC Davis Middle East and South Asia Studies with 3rd I films Co-sponsors: UC Davis Office of Global Affairs, Davis Humanities Institute, Cinema and Digital Media, Religious Studies, Asian American Studies, UCD Library, International House Davis, Punjabi American Heritage Society, Sikhlens. For more information call: 530-754-4926
How I Met My Great Grandfather: Archives and the writing of history
Sherene Seikaly is an associate professor of history at UCSB and the author of Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine
Research Symposium 2019
The ME/SA Research Symposium is an annual 1-day event showcasing student work that focuses on the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa and their diasporic communities.
The Arab World between Revolution and Counterrevolution
UC Davis Middle East / South Asia Studies, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Engagement, and Global Affairs invite you to join us for a lecture by Hicham Alaoui, known as a "dissident" member of the ruling family in the Kingdom of Morocco. Often referred to in the media as "the Red Prince" for his pro-democracy stance, Hicham Alaoui is an outspoken advocate for constitutional monarchy in Morocco. He is a graduate of Princeton University, earned his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, and is currently a Research Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Dubai's Spiritual Infrastructure Lecture
Networks of Care among Migrant Muslim Women
New Research and Movie Shine Light on Punjabi Women in California
For more information, please refer to
Amanda Lucia lecture
Reflecting on reflections of Amma: the perils and profits of the celebrity guru.
Arabic Literature in Brazil
Orientalism, Mistura, and the Cultural Politics of Translating Gibran