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April 2018

“The Syrian Crisis: From Stalemate to Authoritarian Peace” Dr. Samer Abboud

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
dc, United States dc 20057 United States

As the Syrian crisis enters its eighth year, the prospects for a peaceful resolution remain very slim. While violence metastasized over the course of the crisis the entanglements of the many subjugating actors deepened, expanded, and consolidated in ways that have made peace, let alone a political transition, elusive. Despite Syria’s many overlapping conflicts, the crisis is moving towards what can best be described as an authoritarian peace. This presentation traces the emergence of the authoritarian peace in Syria through…

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Friday Music Series: Ozan Aksoy, vocals; The Bağlama, long-necked lute

April 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW
Washington, DC United States

The CCAS is partnering with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Ozan Aksoy performs instrumental and vocal musical examples from the rich and diverse traditions that have made their homes in Anatolia and the Middle East. The program will feature music from Turkish, Kurdish, Alevi, Armenian, Arabic, and Persian folk and urban repertoires. The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select Fridays.McNEIR HALL, NEW NORTH BUILDINGFREEThis series…

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ASJ 25th Anniversary Panel: Trends in Knowledge Production on the Middle East

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown), the Arab Studies Institute, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program (GMU) present a panel and reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Arab Studies Journal. The panel, Trends in Knowledge Production on the Middle East, features: Guest of Honor and Chair: Judith Tucker Georgetown University Sherene Seikaly, UCSB: From the Margins: Editing Arab Studies Bassam Haddad, George Mason University Knowledge Production on the Middle East: Politics, Technology, and Space Sinan Antoon,…

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Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture: Reading the Arabesque

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ICC Auditorium 3700 O St NW Washington, DC 20057 Washington, DC United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is honored to invite Mr. Kamal Boullata to deliver the Bi-Annual Kareema Khoury Distinguished Lecture. His presentation is entitled Reading the Arabesque.Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. Born in Jerusalem in 1942, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C. As an artist, his abstract compositions which were once inspired by Arabic calligraphy evolved into purely geometric abstractions.His lecture is based on his published…

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Friday Music Series: Kareem Roustom

April 20 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW
Washington, DC United States

The CCAS is excited to partner with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom has been active on the international music scene for over a decade having written commissioned works for the Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and many others. He has even written arrangements for Shakira and Beyonce, and his work in film has earned him an Emmy nomination. Roustom has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “a gifted and accomplished…

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