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Monday, February 2, 2015 | 4:00 pm

"The Foreign Mother Tongue"


A lecture by bestselling author Sayed Kashua on living in Israel with a dual identity

*Sponsored by Borns Jewish Studies Program and Center for the Study of the Middle East


When: Monday, February 2 | 4:00 pm


Where: Ballantine Hall, Room 310


What: Bestselling author Sayed Kashua talks about living in Israel with a dual identity, speaking and writing in the language of the majority, but identifying as Arab Palestinian minority. Through speaking about his experience, challenges, and fears, Kashua draws a picture of life in modern Israel today.


Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular (all published in English by Grove Atlantic). Kashua is winner of the prestigious Berstein Prize. Kashua also writers a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. In a tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor,” now in its fourth season. In 2004, Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in Literature. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.


This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact































Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 11:45 am - 12:25 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Does Iran still need a Supreme Leader?"

Professor Jamsheed Choksy, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, IUB


When: Wednesday, February 11 | 11:45 am - 12:25 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: Prof. Choksy will look at the history, roles, and powers of the position of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Supreme Leader's office will be placed within the broader context of Iran's other branches of government. The current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is aging and a transition is likely over the next few years. Now in its fourth decade, does the Islamic Republic still need a religiopolitical head who is appointed for life?


Dr. Choksy is a professor at Indiana University and Chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.

Monday, March 2, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture


"Gender Ideology in North Africa and the Middle East"

Graduate Student Tamara van der Does, Department of Sociology and Department of Statistics, IUB


When: Monday, March 2 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided


Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401


What: After completing a BA in Mathematics at Wheaton College,IL and working for a year with Americorps, I joined the IU Sociology department in the fall of 2011. My research interests include immigration, politics, gender, religion and statistical methods. I am currently working on a project looking at Muslim Americans and their political participation and one on gender ideology in North Africa and the Middle East. In the future, I am hoping to test the role of immigration policies on immigrants' incorporation and welfare in north American and western Europe.