Coury to speak at Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, March 14

Thursday, March 14, 2019, Prof. David Coury (Humanities/Center for Middle East Studies) will give a talk entitled “East meets West: causes and consequences of Middle Eastern immigration” at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The talk will be given in conjunction with the exhibition Mitli, Mitlak (Like You, Like Me), a visual storytelling exhibition with works by contemporary artists from Holland, Belgium, Greece, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and the United States. The exhibition will focus on displacement, identity, and present-day Arabic culture. The lecture starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Film screening: ‘Hell on Earth: the Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, Monday, April 9

On Monday, April 9, 2018, the Center for Middle East Studies and the Humanities program will present a screening of Sebastian Junger’s documentary Hell on Earth: the Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS at 6 p.m. in the Christie Theater, University Union. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public.

Reminder: Mariah Idrissi, ‘Changing the face of fashion’ presentation

Mariah Idrissi will visit campus on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Phoenix Room B of the University Union. Idrissi is the world’s first hijab-wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and featured in a global campaign for H&M. As well as a model, she is an international public speaker promoting female empowerment and is part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background. She will be speaking on the changing face of fashion. The event will be free and open to the public. The UW-Green Bay Diversity Task Force, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health Education and Social Welfare, and the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships are the sponsors.

‘Changing the face of fashion’ presentation, Oct. 26

Mariah Idrissi will visit campus on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Phoenix Room B of the University Union. Idrissi is the world’s first hijab wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and featured in a global campaign for H&M. As well as a model, she is an international public speaker promoting female empowerment and is part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background. She will be speaking on the changing face of fashion. The event will be free and open to the public. The UW-Green Bay Diversity Task Force, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health Education and Social Welfare, and the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships are the sponsors.

Upcoming: immigration and refugee awareness events

Several groups on campus are sponsoring upcoming events focusing on immigration and refugees. Events are sponsored by the Diversity Task Force, Women of Color, American Intercultural Center, Office of International Education, Humanistic Studies Academic Program and the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships. For questions, contact the American Intercultural Center (AIC) at 465-2720.

  • March 28 — a short presentation and panel of local experts focused on recent immigration orders from President Trump. Sessions will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light snacks will be available.
  • April 4  — the Office of International Education presents “Salam Neighbor,” a documentary about Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan at 7 p.m. A short discussion follows the film.

Coury, Levintova join local roundtable on world refugee crisis

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships will be joining St Norbert College’s Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding for a round-table discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis last night (Nov. 12). The event, “We Can’t Look Away: A Conversation about the World Refugee Crisis,” took place on the SNC campus.  Featured panelists were Ozum Yesiltas, visiting assistant professor of political science (SNC);  Robert Pyne, senior director for community engagement (SNC);  David Coury, professor of Humanistic Studies and Global Studies (UWGB); and Katia Levinova, associate professor of Political Science and Global Studies (UWGB).

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.”

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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.