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Cultural Events - Fall 2014

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Events on USD campus

Film: Le cerf volante (The Kite)

Cover image, Le Cerf Volant

Monday, Nov. 3
7-9 p.m.

Rigsby Language and Culture Commons (Founders 123)

Free open to all — Arabic, subtitled in English

Teenaged Lamia lives in southern Lebanon near the border of Israel. One day she lets her kite fly into the Israeli side and, attempting to retrieve it, meets Israeli-Arab border guard Youssef, who works in a tower overlooking both sides of the barbed-wire fence separating the countries. Her family is outraged, so they send her off to marry her cousin, whom she has never met, on the other side of the border. Lamia refuses to sleep with her new husband, instead maintaining an interest in Youssef.

The Kite was shown at the Venice Film Festival and was an official selection of the prestigious Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.

Watch the trailer at http://www.globalfilm.org/lens08/kite.htm

   

Events off campus

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Patriot's Day
Balboa Park: House of Lebanon
Thursday, Sept. 11 (Time to be announced)

Details to be announced.

Is Hassan Rouhani another Gorbachev? An Assessment of of the Islamic Republic and U.S. Nuclear Crisis
SDSU: Check back for room
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: cias875@gmail.com

The Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies at SDSU presents Dr. Nader Hashemi, University of Denver, for this timely and engaging lecture.

Dr. Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (Oxford University Press, reprinted 2012), the the co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future (Melville House, 2011) and The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013). His website is naderhashemi.com/.

House of Lebanon Hosts the Hall of Nations
Balboa Park: House of Lebanon
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12-4 p.m.

We will present a video program about Lebanon and its beauty, display a great selection of historical artifacts, photos, arts, crafts, books, and literature, and serve samples of Lebanese pastries and coffee.

poster for Arab Film Festival at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park

A Feminist Perspective on Events in Gaza
SDSU: Check back for room
Thursday, October 16 (time TBA)
Cost: Free
Contact: cias875@gmail.com

The Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies at SDSU presents Drs. Simona Sharoni and Rabab Abdulhadi, who will discuss the situation in Gaza from the perspective of an Israeli and Palestinian working together.

Dr. Abdulhadi is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. She is a contributor to Jadaliyya and the co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in many English and Arabic publications.

Dr. Sharoni is Professor of Gender & Women's Study at State University of New York (Plattsburgh). An internationally known feminist scholar, researcher, and activist, she the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women's Resistance, (Syracuse University Press, 1995). Other publications can be found on her website (www.simonasharoni.com/).

House of Lebanon Hosts the Hall of Nations
Balboa Park: House of Lebanon
Sunday, Nov. 16, 12-4 p.m.

We will present a video program about Lebanon and its beauty, display a great selection of historical artifacts, photos, arts, crafts, books, and literature, and serve samples of Lebanese pastries and coffee.

December Nights
Balboa Park: International Cottages
Friday, Dec. 5, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-10 p.m.

The House of Lebanon and the House of Palestine join with the other international houses to host the nation’s premier holiday festival. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.