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QC Sponsors Middle Eastern Arts & Culture Events
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-559

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


-- Lectures on Jihad and Islamic Art; An Evening of Interfaith Dialogue, Music and Food; and a Film on Afghan Women Are Among the Free Public Events Taking Place April 27-29 --

FLUSHING, NY, April 21, 2009 ─As part of its new Asian Initiatives education and awareness program, Queens College will host a series of art and cultural events April 27–29 to spotlight some of the key issues facing the Middle East. All the events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

Monday, April 27, 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Lecture/Discussion, “Myths and Realities of Jihad”
Islamic History Professor Kristina Richardson examines the meaning of “jihad” in the Quran and as a legal doctrine in the classical period. She also explores the theological debates about greater and lesser jihads and the rise of a new jihad in modern times.
Powdermaker Hall, Room 116

Monday, April 27, 6 - 9 pm
Screening of film Afghan Women: A History of Struggle (69 minutes), followed by discussion with director/producer Kathleen Foster; Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Montclair State University English Professor; and Fahima Vorgetts, director of the Afghan Women’s Fund. This documentary highlights the obstacles that women in Afghanistan have faced and continue to face as part of their ongoing quest for civil rights.
Student Union, Room 304

Tuesday, April 28, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Afghan Peace and Development Conference
Unprecedented gathering of experts from government – including two prominent candidates for the presidency of Afghanistan – as well as from academia, journalism and non-profit organizations. They will discuss the problems facing Afghanistan, particularly in the areas of political and economic development, and how they can be resolved.
Student Union, 4th floor Ballroom

Tuesday, April 28, 3 – 6 pm
Class: “Simulating the Past: Negotiating the UN Partition of Palestine”
History Professor Mark Rosenblum facilitates a recreation of the historic meeting of the UN Special Committee on Palestine that took place in 1947. Students take on the roles of UNSCOP negotiators, members of the Arab League and Jewish Agency Executive and other parties to learn what actually transpired at these deliberations.
Powdermaker Hall, Room 157

Tuesday, April 28, 6 - 9 pm
Lecture/Discussion, “The New Muslim Anti-Semitism?”
Mark R. Cohen, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, explores from a historical perspective the issue of anti-Semitism that is rampant in certain segments of Muslim communities in the Middle East and Europe.
Student Union, Room 206 (Queens College Hillel)

Wednesday, April 29, 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Lecture, “Islamic Arts of the Book and Pen”
Arabic Professor Mark Pettigrew will discuss the impact of technology, social trends and cultural values on the development of classical Islamic art. Photographic images from the world-renowned Islamic arts collection of Nasser Khalili will illustrate the use of calligraphy in a variety of media.
Rosenthal Library, 5th floor, President’s Conference Room 2

Wednesday, April 29, 6 pm
An evening of interfaith dialogue, music and Kosher and Halal food, “Shared Traditions, Common Chords, and Food for Thought”
Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the World Jewish Congress American Section, and Imam Shamsi Ali, spiritual director of the Islamic Cultural Center and 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan, will present their views on the struggle for interfaith tolerance between Muslims and Jews in the U.S., tackling both domestic and international issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Complementing the clerical dialogue will be a joint performance by Pakistani rock star and QC Music Professor Salman Ahmad and renowned klezmer musician Yale Strom. A buffet of Halal and Kosher food will follow.
LeFrak Concert Hall


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Deputy Director of News Services
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(718) 997- 5597

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services
Queens Hall, Room 270B
(718) 997-5593

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