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Events Prior to 2012

Events that occurred prior to the 2013-2014 Academic Year
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Hafla Mela 2019
Hafla/Mela
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 https://lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/news/new-research-and-movie-shine-light-punjabi-women-california
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
Persian Literature in the World
Asian Pacific Islander & Middle Eastern/South Asian 2018 Fall Welcome
New Studies on the Samanids in Uzbekistan
Professor Shamsoddin Kamaloddin Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies
Hafla Mela
Commemorate the ME/SA graduating Class of 2018 and celebrate the achievement of the ME/SA Academic program and community
The Political Imagination of Iliya Abu Madi
Sharif Elmusa co-edited the pioneering anthology Grape Leaves: A century of Arabic- American Poetry. His own poems and translations of Arabic poetry have appeared in numerous publications. A self-described poet from birth and first-generation Palestinian refugee, Elmusa recently published the first collection of his poetic works, Flawed Landscape: Poems 1987-2008.
Punjabi Language and Culture Lecture by Nikky Guninder Kaur Singh
Dr. Singh is the Crawford Family Professor at Colby College in Maine, USA. Her interests focus on poetics and feminist issues. Nikky Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikhism, including The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent, The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus, Metaphysics and Physics of the Guru Granth Sahib. She has lectured widely all over the world and her views have been aired on television and radio in America, Canada, Bangladesh, Australia, Ireland and India.
Reading and Q&A - Nayomi Munaweera
Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. It was long listed for the Dublin IMPAC Prize and the Man Asia Prize. The novel was also short listed for the Northern California Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, was hailed as one of the most exciting literary releases of 2016 from venues from BuzzFeed to Elle Magazine. More at www.nayomimunaweera.com.
A Reading and Conversation with Jasmin Darznik
Jasmin Darznik’s novel Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, and was published by Random House on February 13, 2018. Jasmin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She was born in Tehran, Iran and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
A Talk with Author Amardeep Singh
Amardeep Singh’s latest book ‘THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan’ motivates all communities to become aware of their past, and through it, learn to live in harmony for mutual progress
Public Lecture - The Ganga: Rethinking the Sacred Pasts of India's Great River by Dr. Sudipta Sen
India’s most famous river has figured prominently in diverse religious and ecological traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam. This talk explores the idea of a cosmic river at the crossroads of myth, historical geography, and ecology.
The Sun's Rehersal: Public Lecture by Neha Choksi
Public Lecture by Inter-media Artist Neha Choksi. Choksi often sets up tragicomic, even absurd, interventions—in the life of a plant, an animal, her own, or in material processes and physical objects—in order to throw off apparent logic and open up a space for poetry, absurdity, humor, surprise and existential insight.
Ottoman Shi'i Jihad: 1914-16
Satisfied Callers: Police and Corporate Customer Service in India - Public Lecture by Matthew Hull
Islamic Law in a Secular Age: Lessons from Activists - Public Lecture by Jean Michel Landry
Reel Evil: Media Activism in the Post-9/11 Era - Public Lecture by Negar Mottahedeh
In Silence, the Secret Speaks: Performance by Seema Kohli
Renowned Indian visual artist Seema Kohli will show case her video art followed by the performance “In Silence, the Secret Speaks” in collaboration with the students of Department of Theater and Dance at UC Davis. Seema Kohli has had over 30 solo shows worldwide and experiential performances at international art events such as the Venice Biennale (2015), TedEx Chennai (2013), WIN Conference Rome (2012), Prague (2013), and Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014/2016). Seema invites you into her own garden of earthly delights where unearthly beings are manifested and experience the sheer joy of creation of emergence from the depths of Hiranyagarbha Koham or The Golden Womb - the symbol of constant creation and evolution. Preceded by: The Other Self or Tatvamasi, which encourages us to see our own self in the other.
Public Lecture: The Politics of Secularism and Religion in France and Turkey
A public lecture by Murat Akan, Associate Professor at Boğaziçi University