Tag: Center for Middle East Studies

UW-Green Bay to host Islam awareness, education event Oct. 30

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present an evening program titled “Islam awareness: A conversation about Islam, the Muslim Student Association and inclusivity at UW-Green Bay,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Richard Mauthe Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public.

The event is being held to dispel myths, answer questions and educate the campus and larger communities about Islam, and to provide information about UW-Green Bay’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), now in its fourth year as a campus organization. The MSA has presented similar awareness and educational programming in years past, and is again looking to facilitate a dialogue on Islam due in part to recent conversations and questions raised in the Green Bay community.

Thursday’s event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a free first-come, first-served dinner featuring Somali cuisine. The program portion of the evening will begin at 6:30, and will include a presentation on dispelling stereotypes about Islam, a panel discussion, an informational presentation about the UW-Green Bay Muslim Student Association, and distribution of information about Stop the Hate programming on campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to write questions during dinner to be posed later to the panel, and the evening will conclude with additional time for Q and A.

“This event provides a tremendous opportunity for education and positive dialogue around Islam specifically and the importance of inclusivity generally,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Heidi Sherman, co-director of the University’s Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships and co-faculty adviser for the UW-Green Bay MSA. “I would encourage anyone who has questions about Islam, or who is just looking to learn more, to join us for this informative conversation.”


In the media: Coury talks ISIL airstrikes with Local 5 News

Associate Prof. David Coury on Tuesday (Sept. 23) shared his expertise in Middle East affairs with Local 5 News’ Jenn Sullivan, as part of a story about airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Coury, a Humanistic Studies (German) and Global Studies faculty member who co-directs UW-Green Bay’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, told Sullivan the situation is complicated. Because ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State) is embedded in several countries, it’s harder to attack the group, Coury said. “You can’t just bomb a group into submission,” he said. “And so it’s really going to require negotiations with a lot of the regional governments.” Full story.

Prof. Sherman to introduce Wednesday’s film series offering

This Wednesday (Sept. 17) at 7 p.m. at the Neville Public Museum, the Green Bay Film Society’s Fall international film series continues with the 2011 Lebanese comedy, “Where do we go now?” Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, the film follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their stubborn men from starting a religious war. In a re-working of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the women, heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers being lost to previous flare-ups, unite to distract their men with clever ruses. Prof. Heidi Sherman of Humanistic Studies and History will introduce the film, co-sponsored by Humanistic Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships.

Islam Awareness Week set for April 7-11

The Office of International Education shares news that Islam Awareness Week is planned for next Monday-Friday (April 7-11), with daily events to help participants learn more about Islam as a religion and culture as well as about the people and culture of Muslim-majority regions of the world.

• Monday — Frontline News:Syria discussion, 6 p.m., Mauthe Center

• Tuesday — Open Questions on Islam Forum, 3:30 p.m., Common Grounds Coffeehouse; Interfaith Panel: Jerusalem Through Different Eyes, 6 p.m., Mauthe
• Wednesday — Hijab Day (wear a hijab-headscarf all day) with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (drop in between 7:30-9 for a scarf); Movie Night film, “Amreeka,” 6 p.m. at the Mauthe

• Thursday — Women in Islam discussion, 3:30 p.m., MAC 208; Islam in the World discussion, 6 p.m., Mauthe

See a complete list of events.

Visiting professor to speak on Islam as ecumenical movement Monday, Feb. 18

A renowned professor of Near Eastern History will present on “Nascent Islam as an Ecumenical Movement” from 2:15-3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Christie Theatre of UW-Green Bay’s University Union.

University of Chicago Prof. Fred Donner’s presentation will examine whether Islam was originally founded just for Muslims, or rather as a religion intended to embrace Jews, Christians and Muslims. Donner has extensively studied the origins of Islam, tribal and nomadic society and early Islamic history, among other areas. He is the author of several books, including “Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origin of Islam” (Harvard University Press, 2008).

Donner’s address is part of UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. First organized in 1985, the annual series of talks by a wide variety of historians and social scientists is made possible thanks to funds from a variety of University donors.

The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.

Donner’s talk is free and open to the public. Additional biographical information is online at http://nelc.uchicago.edu/faculty/donner. More information about the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/centerhsc/.


To learn and to celebrate: International Education ‘Week’ lasts all month at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay’s celebration of International Education Week has been extended to span the entire month of November, and a variety of displays, discussions and other events are planned.

The U.S. departments of State and Education officially will recognize Nov. 12-16 as International Education Week 2012, calling the timeframe as “an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.” At UW-Green Bay, the celebration started early, beginning Nov. 1. Events for the month are as follows:

Bittersweet Winds Display

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit continues to grow and expand with both positive and negative images of Native Americans. This display explores such issues as Native American mascots in sports and how they affect people’s perceptions. The display is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Organization.

—   9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, Phoenix Room B, University Union

—   9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Room B

—   9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Phoenix Room B

Study Abroad first steps meetings

These meetings offer the chance for students to learn the basics about study abroad, including destinations, financial aid, scholarships and more. The meetings are sponsored by the Office of International Education (OIE).

—   2 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, OIE, Cofrin Library 207

—   12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 28, OIE

World Café event, “Women Change the World”

Women from around the world will facilitate this discussion, hosted by Student Life. Space is limited, and attendees must RSVP at www.uwgb.edu/stulife

—   Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Phoenix Room B

Yoga Rave

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to experience this “party like none other in this world,” described as “a new concept in fun” in which the body responds to the stimuli of music, yoga and meditation. No experience necessary and beginners are welcome. Mats will be provided and no sign-up is required. Event is sponsored by the Kress Events Center.

—   6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Kress Events Center Special Events Room

International Dinner for a Cause

Sponsored by the International Club, Office of International Education and the Mauthe Center, this dinner prepared by UW-Green Bay international students will offer flavors and tastes from around the world. The event is free but donations will be accepted. All proceeds go toward building a well in Africa.

—   5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

Islam Awareness Month events

Islam is a widely practiced religion throughout the world, yet it is often perceived negatively by non-Muslims. This series of events is designed to educate people on the religion and encourage open dialogue across cultures. The event is sponsored by the Muslim Students’ Association (contact person Heba Mohammad, mohahn25@uwgb.edu).

—   Eid With Us: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Islamic Center of Green Bay

—   Behind My Veil: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Mauthe Center

—   Mosque Open Day: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Islamic Center of Green Bay

—   Muslim Images in the American Media: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Mauthe Center



Coury talks Arab Spring, Gadhafi death

UW-Green Bay Prof. David Coury weighed in on what’s next for Libya following the death of Moammar Gadhafi for a story in Friday’s (Oct. 21) Green Bay Press-Gazette. Coury, co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies, said the next several months will be critical for developing democracy in Libya, and that the U.S. should avoid involvement in nation-building efforts in that country. Read the full article.


Saturday’s conference on ‘Best Practices for Teaching Middle Eastern Content’

The Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships hosts its conference organized for K-12 teachers and university educators on campus this Saturday (April 2). For details on “Globalizing the Classroom: Developing Best Practices for Teaching Middle Eastern Content,” see our archived post.

April 2 conference will target best practices in teaching Middle East topics

As part of the follow-up program for the Fulbright-Hayes Group Project Abroad Grant, the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships extends an open invitation to a conference organized for K-12 teachers and university educators. Titled “Globalizing the Classroom: Developing Best Practices for Teaching Middle Eastern Content,” the conference will be held at UW-Green Bay on Saturday, April 2.

Morning sessions include three lectures by specialists in Middle East History:
Prof. Kate Lang of UW-Eau Claire, Women and Islam;
Prof. Edgar Francis, of UW-Stevens Point, The Geography of the Middle East; and
Prof. Robert Kramer of St. Norbert College, Islam and the West.

Afternoon sessions include presentations by UW-Green Bay faculty members on culture (David Coury), children (Jill White), the Vikings and the Islamic World (Heidi Sherman), and lesson plans developed by pre-service and K-12 teachers on children’s literature and history.  Jay Harris and participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Program from Israel and Jordan will also present in the afternoon.

The conference is supported by an OPID grant, the Center for Middle East Partnerships, and Humanistic Studies. All are welcome, but please contact Heidi Sherman (shermanh@uwgb.edu or 920-465-5146) to register as a lunch will be provided.

‘New Feminist Voices in Islam’ is Jordanian scholar’s topic Oct. 18

A presentation by a Jordanian-born scholar on ‘New Feminist Voices in Islam’ will be the first public lecture offered through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships.

Ibtesam Al Atiyat, a former visiting scholar at UW-Green Bay and now an assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18. Her talk, free and open to the public, will take place in the 1965 Room of the University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive. A reception will follow.

Lecture by Prof. Ibtesam Al Atiyat, Oct. 18Al Atiyat’s lecture will tackle Islamic-feminist approaches to the liberation of women, and summarize the arguments debated within this newly emerging approach. She will discuss new Islamic feminist readings as well as selected chapters of the Quran, events in Muslim history, and cultural practices often associated with Islam. The presentation will also consider how the approach to women’s rights issues, even when goals are similar, can vary depending on the perspective, whether Islamic-feminist or traditional western feminism.

Al Atiyat received her Ph.D. from the Freie University, Berlin. She is a former program officer for the Jordanian National Commission for Women, and taught previously at the University of Jordan and the German-Jordanian University. During the 2005-2006 academic year she was a Fulbright Scholar-in-residence at UW-Green Bay.

Campus co-sponsors of her visit include the Center for History and Social Change. The primary sponsor, the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships, was founded in 2010 to bring together existing academic programs as well as overseas activities, all to provide an academic focus upon one of the world’s most compelling regions. The Center assists and helps promote Arabic language courses, and serves as a resource for the infusion of greater Middle Eastern content into pre-existing courses. In conjunction with the Office of International Education, it helps build and maintain ties to academic institutions in the Middle East, particularly the University of Jordan, and fosters exchanges, trips and partnerships bringing the Green Bay community greater ties to the region.