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Grand Domestic Revolution: Recovering the Forgotten History of Feminism and Housing Design

February 15, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Please join us for the fifth lecture in “The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women’s History” lecture series, a joint venture between the The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Preface to a Russian Jazz Archive

December 05, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russia has a long, complicated history with jazz, reaching back to the 1920s. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian jazz has been undergoing a fertile period of revitalization, both in the classroom and on the bandstand. In 2011, Larry Appelbaum traveled to Russia to meet with academics, critics, broadcasters and musicians in order to consult on the vision and planning for a Russian Jazz Archive and Research Center. He will discuss the challenges, prospects and progress toward the opening of the archive, scheduled for 2012 in Yaroslavl.

Tolstoy and Russian Politics

November 28, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
This illustrated talk will explore why Tolstoy continues to be such a politically explosive figure in Russia today. As well as providing an overview of the writer’s often fraught relationship with the Tsarist regime, it will show how the Soviet government systematically sought to suppress his religious and philosophical legacy after 1917, and how the Kennan Institute played a crucial role in preserving it.
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Suspended Somewhere Between

July 28, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Middle East Program
Akbar Ahmed’s book of poetry, Suspended Somewhere Between, is personal, historical, and political. During this special event, featuring poetry readings from this new book, Ahmed discussed the role of the arts in interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue.
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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

July 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
In “Rock the Casbah,” Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, tells the personal stories behind the rejection of both autocrats and extremists in the Muslim world.

Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement

June 01, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
These are exhilarating times in the Middle East and North Africa. From the Green Movement in Iran to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and other uprisings in the region, demonstrators are demanding their democratic dignity and the expansion of their rights as citizens. The desegregated nature of these massive demonstrations, in which throngs of women walk shoulder to shoulder with men and face batons and bullets with open hands and life-affirming words, is unprecedented. It is indeed a revolution within revolutions. It is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism, a turning point in the contemporary history of Islam. These circulating women—visible, voiced, and mobile—are seasoned negotiators of confined spaces, veteran trespassers of walls, closed doors, and iron gates. They are an audacious moderating, modernizing force to be reckoned with. Milani discusses the complex interconnectedness between power, space, and physical mobility in the Islamic world in general and Iran in particular.

Human Rights and the Arts in Iran Today

March 04, 2011 // 8:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Jasmin Darznik, Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University; Farhad Khosrokhavar, Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; Ahmad Kiarostami, Entrepreneur and Videographer, Fotomoto; Pardis Mahdavi, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Associate Professor, Pomona College; Sohrab Mohebbi, Curatorial Fellow, Queens Museum of Art, NY; Contributing Editor, Bidoun Magazine; and Musician; Roberto Toscano, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Former Italian Ambassador to India and to Iran; Chairs: Farzaneh Milani, Professor of Persian Literature and Women's Studies, University of Virginia; Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Celebrating Nunavut: Inuit Art From the Canadian Arctic

January 31, 2011 // 7:30am4:00pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute hosted an art exhibit showcasing Inuit culture through selected works, including stonecut, stencil, and lithograph prints, as well as textile embroidered wall-hangings.
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You Are the Media: How Iranians "Democratized" the Media

May 14, 2010 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Iran Davar Ardalan, Civic Journalist, Formerly of NPR News
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Book Talk: Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

April 29, 2010 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Middle East Program
Kai Bird, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Contributing Editor, The Nation

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