Middle East News

K-12 Teachers ‘Taste’ the Middle East on Day-Long Study Tour

On August 15, 2017, teachers from across North Carolina sampled halva, ful medammas and baklava; spoke with a Palestinian restaurant owner; visited a Middle Eastern grocery store; and braided challah bread—all in the Triangle. The third annual “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” study tour, hosted by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies,… Read more »

Student Pawelski Wins Award for Paper Examining Documentation of Cultural History as a Human Rights Issue

Before Nicole Pawelski began contemplating a professional career in archives, she made a very personal connection with an online archive affiliated with the Near East Relief Society (NER), which helped rescue children, including Pawelski’s paternal grandfather, during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. “I have a photograph of him with a group of other boys, and… Read more »

Three refugees who escaped a brutal civil war in Libya pose for a portrait at their temporary home in San Giovanni, Italy. The men, who asked that their identities be obscured, made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean with hopes of a better life. Photo by Gabriela Arp '16 M.A.

Refugees in Europe, GeTMA Berlin and TAM

By Sarah A. Hutchison, associate director of the TransAtlantic Masters program Reaching out to Refugees Last summer the U.S. media focused a great deal of attention on the refugee crisis in Europe. The main point of interest involved the Syrians fleeing civil war at home: the crossings, the shipwrecks, the flight towards Europe. During this… Read more »

Kate Hewitt ’17 MA Awarded Scoville Fellowship

Kathryn Hewitt ’17 M.A. has been awarded a 2017 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. Hewitt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s in global studies with a concentration in global politics. The Scoville Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and… Read more »

International Conference on Sufi Performance Strengthens Ties between UNC and UCAD

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) collaborated together on the international conference “ZIKR | Locating Sufi Performance: Critical Perspectives on Music, Ritual and Remembrance,” held in Dakar, Senegal, June 5-7, 2017. This was the first joint conference held in partnership between the two institutions, which have… Read more »