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September 2017

How Do We Approach the Problem? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion

September 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stone Center Auditorium, 150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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"How Do We Approach the Problem? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion" (Event with Moustafa Bayoumi) How do experts from different fields approach important problems facing us today? Author Moustafa Bayoumi and UNC professors from across campus will discuss the complex issues raised by Bayoumi's book, How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. Faculty from the sciences and the humanities will join Bayoumi for a dynamic conversation of these…

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Human Rights and Anti-Semitism in the Current Climate

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Genome Sciences Building, G100 Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

Hear Kenneth L. Marcus, the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of The Definition of Anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America. In 2012, Marcus was named to the Forward 50, the Jewish Daily Forward's listing of the "American Jews who made the most significant impact on the news in the past year." For a poster of this event, click here.

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Santiago de Compostela and the Autumn of the Middle Ages: Architecture, Social Conflict and Pilgrimage in a Time of Change

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

Santiago de Compostela and the Autumn of the Middle Ages: Architecture, Social Conflict and Pilgrimage in a Time of Change A lecture by Dr. José Suárez Otero (Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Studies, Religious Studies, and History) For the event flyer, click here.

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October 2017

Panel: The Jewish Annotated New Testament

October 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Panel Discussion on The Jewish Annotated New Testament Tuesday, October 3, 4:30pm--Duke Divinity School, Westbrook 0014 In this panel discussion about the publication of the second edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament, editors Marc Brettler, Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University and Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University moderate a panel discussion with scholars Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill), Mark…

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Screening of “Before God: We Are All Family”

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hanes Hall, Room 125, 204 E Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC
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A screening of the film: Before God, We Are All Family A Documentary Followed by a Latinx Trans Panel Wednesday, Oct 4th, 12:00pm-2:00pm Hanes Hall 125 Reception at 12:00pm / Film at 12:30pm For a trailer of the film, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ek864phwOY For a poster of the event, click here.

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Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network Annual Meeting

October 5 @ 4:00 pm - October 7 @ 5:30 pm
Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

The 2017 Meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network will take place October 5-7, 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network (NHGN) is an international group of scholars dedicated to study of the Coptic treatises contained in the famous Nag Hammadi Codices discovered in 1945, as well as significant related Coptic literature also discovered in Egypt in the modern period. The keynote address for this year's conference will be delivered by Dr. David Brakke, David Brakkethe…

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Bhavayami: An Evening of Indian Classical Dance (Oct 5 and 6)

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - October 6 @ 7:00 pm
Swain Studio Six Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Bhavayami: An Evening of Indian Classical Dance By Akhila Takkallapalli, student of Smt. Sasikala Penumarthi Academy of Kuchipudi Dance (Atlanta, Georgia) Thursday, October 5, 6:00pm and Friday, October 6, 6:00pm Swain Studio Six, UNC-Chapel Hill For more information, please contact Harshita Kamath (hkamath@unc.edu) For the event poster, click here.

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Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst

October 6 @ 9:30 am - October 7 @ 5:15 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites, 370 E. Main St.
Carrboro, 27510 United States
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Professor Carl Ernst has devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally. From his first book, Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985), to his most recent book, co-edited with Fabrizio Speziale, Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions (2017), he has focused on how Islamic concepts have traveled across time and space. This conference, organized around themes in Islamic studies that Ernst’s work has addressed, evokes and expands on the major contributions of this…

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Religious Freedom and Hypocrisy in Iran: An Activist’s Guide to Changing the World

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A talk by Amir Soltani, an Iranian-American writer, journalist, and human rights activist who has worked in business, media, nonprofits, and philanthropy. What is religious persecution? What forms does a modern inquisition take? Who enforces it and how? What is the role of language? What does it mean to be changed as a heretic, to spread corruption on earth, or to wage war against God? How do you resist? These are some of the questions Amir Soltani will consider through…

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November 2017

RELI Course Fair

November 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Carolina Hall, Room 124, 220 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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All students are invited to our undergraduate Course Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11:30am-1:00pm (Carolina Hall 124), where flyers for all our Spring 2018 courses (see below) will be available to browse around the room, and professors representing the different subfields in our department will be present to speak with students about specific courses. Our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Jessica Boon, will also be available to consult with anyone who has questions about the major/minor, independent study classes, and…

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