Upcoming and Recent Events

Gender, Race, Sexuality, & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Date: April 18, 6-7:50 p.m.
Location: College of Education EC-105

A special panel with two international scholars: Professor Rabab Abuldhadi of San Francisco State University and Professor Simona Sharoni of Plattsburg State University of New York. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been oversimplified in mainstream media and scholarship as an intractable bloody confrontation fueled by religious hatred. In contrast, this project seeks to provide an original analysis of key issues that lie at the heart of the conflict while mapping alternative scenarios for a just and lasting peace in the region. The speakers’ innovative theoretical framework is designed to examine critically the relationships between militarism, sexism, racism, and homophobia as well as between political violence and gender-based violence. The project can offer insights on conflict transformation that would apply not only to the Israeli-Palestinian context but to other conflict zones and social conflicts as well.

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Exclusive screening of 2 short films and a short audio journey (Founder of Native Liberty Productions and oceansofinjustice.com) followed by Q&A with Writer/Producer, Farah Nabulsi OCEANS OF INJUSTICE |THE NIGHTMARE OF GAZA| TODAY THEY TOOK MY SON

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Who Are The Refugees? A Panel Discussion

In a climate of fear and hostility against immigrants, especially refugees, and in particular those who are Syrian Muslims, it becomes imperative to educate ourselves about global issues that create the compulsory conditions of fleeing one’s country. For the last few years, the desperate faces of refugees have occupied the media landscape. However, in many of these reports and stories, the refugees are simply associated with the Syrian crisis but not given a human face. Who are the refugees? Why are they here? What challenges do they face? How are they admitted to the United States? This three-speaker panel provides an excellent educational opportunity for our campus community to gain a deeper awareness about the refugees and to understand their suffering and needs, outside of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and the current atmosphere of “Muslim & refugee ban” executive orders.

Press release for syria event


The mainstream U.S. media have been covering the war in Syria and its subsequent refugee crisis since 2011, yet most of us lack sufficient understanding regarding what actually caused Syria to be in such “crisis.” The dominant discourses employed by the U.S. mainstream media have framed the Syrian War as an extension of the so-called war on terror and focused on either ISIS or the Asad regime as the sole culprits. However, we must also consider two additional factors as contributory to the dire situation and human suffering in Syria: the various ethnic and religious groups involved as key actors, as well as the aspirations of various countries in the world to shape Syria’s future and be a dominant power in the region. This panel discussion will provide a critical analysis of the complex crisis in Syria and the multiple parties involved in creating and maintaining it, including the United States.

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The Eye of Istanbul

Documentary screening and Q&A:The Eye of Istanbul A documentary film on the work of famed Armenian-Turkish photographer Ara Güler, featuring a question-and-answer session with its producer and writer/project consultant, will be presented by Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies on Thursday, April 28.

Press release for Shirin Ebadi event

Political Islam: Engagement and Disengagement in an Iranian Community

Monday, February 15, 2016
California State University, San Bernardino
CE-105, 6-7:30 p.m.

Press release for Shirin Ebadi event

“Ways to fight Islamic Fundamentalism”

Thursday, October 22, 2015
California State University, San Bernardino
Coussoulis Arena, 6-8 p.m.

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Public Lecture by Patricia Billings

Thursday May 14, 2015
2-3:30 p.m.

Flier for Senem Cevik Lecture

Talk by Dr. Senem Cevik

“Turkey’s Humanitarian Diplomacy: Cultural and Religious Affinity in Reaching Out to the Muslim World,” will take place on Tuesday February 24, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the College of Education room CE-105. Senem Cevik, an assistant professor at Ankara University and alumna of Cal State San Bernardino, will give the lecture.

Flier for Senem Cevik Lecture

Panel Discussion: "From Ferguson to Palestine: Repression, Violence and Resistance” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 CE-105.

Panelists: Rabab Abdulhadi, Gary Fields and Robin D.G. Kelley. Moderated by Ahlam Muhtaseb

Flier for Joseph Khalil Lecture

Talk by Joseph F. Khalil

Joe F. Khalil, an expert on Arab television production and programming, will present his insights on media in the Arab world in his talk, “From Europe to the Arab World, Media Cities as Sites of Cultural Production and Distribution,” on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at 2 p.m.