Middle East Films, Lectures Announced

Posted: September 30, 2010 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: September 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm

The Middle East Etc. Film Club and the Middle East Studies Program have announced their cosponsored fall film series and lectures.

“Iraq in Fragments”

Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

An opus film in three parts, “Iraq in Fragments” offers a series of intimate, passionately felt portraits.

“Terror and Torture: The Trial of Omar Khadr”

Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor Meeting Room D

A lecture by Lisa Hajjar, associate professor in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will discuss Omar Khadr, the youngest of the 176 people still imprisoned at the U.S. military detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

“Encounter Point”

Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

Created by a Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American team, the film “Encounter Point” moves beyond sensational and dogmatic imagery to tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother.

“Placeless Laws and Lawless Places: Universal Jurisdiction and the Trouble of Multi-Site
Ethnography”

Thursday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor Meeting Room A

Lecture featuring Laurie King, a social anthropologist, writer and editor. She will discuss the principle of universal jurisdiction, which attempts to remove any safe havens for perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity by enabling citizens of one state to be tried for killing citizens of a second state in the courts of a third state.

“Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul”

Monday, Oct., 11 at 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

In this film, Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years.

“Neoliberal Economic Restructuring and the Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt”

Monday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m., Johnson Center Third Floor Meeting Room D

A lecture by Joel Beinin, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. He will discuss Egyptian workers who have participated in more than 3,300 factory occupations, strikes, demonstrations or other collective actions.

For more information on these events, visit mes.gmu.edu.

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