Previous Events


The Arab Awakening: One Year On
Marwan Mausher
Tuesday, March 20th
Bartley 1011 6:00 p.m.


Father Simon Faddoul
"Iraqi Christians Confronting the Future"
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Bartley 2044

The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents
Film Screening "Control Room"
Thursday, October 30
6:00 pm

Facilitated By: Nasser Chour, Department of Communication

The immediate subject of his documentary, directed by Jenane Noujaim's. The “Control Room” is the media outlet is al-Jazeera, but its real theme is the huge gulf in understanding that exists between Americans and the Arab world and the way events, big and small, connected to the war in Iraq have taken on marked.


Film screening "INCENDIES" Tuesday, March 27th 5:30 p.m. Connelly Center, Cinema Presided By: Marwan Kreidie Professor of Political Science Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes.

September 14

  • Fulbright Scholar Grants for U.S. Faculty and Professionals

October 09

  • The Critical Role of the Sultanate of Oman

March 27

  • Alek Baylee Toumi: Reading/Debate on Immigration, Terrorism, Intellectuals in North Africa & France
  • Reception of the Arab and Islamic Studies Program: Meet faculty/students & enjoy Middle Eastern food

March 29

  • Cultural Studies Conference: "Negotiating Modernity: The Reality TV Wars in Saudi Arabia"

March 31

  • Hilmar Kaiser: "The Anatomy of Genocide: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918

April 01 - April 02

  • Lebanese Film Festival - West Beirut

April 02

  • Lebanese Film Festival - A Perfect Day

April 08

  • The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Reports and Responses from the Field

April 09

  • Lebanese Film Festival - Bosta

April 10

  • Critical Language-Information Session

April 14

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Islamic Banking: How does it differ?

April 15

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Islam, Politics, and Media

April 16

  • Islamic Awareness Week - The Message: Oscar-nominated classic about Islamic History

April 17

  • Islamic Awareness Week - Is there such a thing as Islamic Terrorism?

April 18

  • Islamic Awareness Week - HAFLA: Dance PARTY with Middel Eastern Food and Music!!

April 25 - April 26

  • Sabeel Conference

October 22 - December 02

  • Youssef Chahine: A Life in Cinema

October 23

  • Will and Should the U.S. Attack Iran?

October 28

  • The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America and What We Need in Return

November 06

  • Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian Poet Laureate

November 26 - November 30

  • Thanksgiving Recess

December 02

  • Final CAIS events of the Fall semester!
  • Lebanon: Interreligious Coexistence

January 22

  • Panel Discussion about the Conflict in Gaza

February 20

  • Teaching the Qur'an in Christian Contexts

March 09

  • Convergence and Conversation: Islam and Christianity

April 01

  • Meet Nadine Labaki, Internationally Acclaimed Film Star and Director

April 02

  • Center for Arab and Islamic Studies -- Meet the authors: Susan Abulhawa, Habib Tengour, Eric Sellin
  • My Name is Rachel Corrie, a Stage performance

April 03

  • The Center for Arab & Islamic Studies Conference: Keynote Address

April 04

  • The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents: Women Take the Camera in the Middle East

April 28

  • Screening of Handala

September 04

  • 10th Annual Ramadan Dinner

September 22

  • Eid Reception
  • Film Screening: West Beyrouth (Ziad Doueri 1998)

October 15

  • St. Augustine Scholarship: Application Deadline October 15, 2009

October 20


October 26

  • Documentary Film Series: Beyond Belief

November 03

  • The Other Side of Islam: Ismail Ferrouki's Le Grand Voyage

November 10

  • "Non Violence as a Tool for Change in the Middle East"
    •Film Screening: Under the Bombs (Philippe Aractingi 2007)

January 28

  • Film Screening: The Battle of Algiers

February 04


February 08

  • Film Screening: Persepolis

February 11

  • "The Resistance Movement in Iran and The Future of U.S.-Iran Relations"

March 11

  • "Beyond al-Qaeda: Yemen's Crises in Context"

March 18

  • Documentary Screening: Slingshot Hip Hop

April 06

  • Faculty Book Talk - Dr. Catherine Warrick

April 13

  • "(Im)possible Histories: Islams Re/Deconstructed"

April 22

  • EVENT CANCELLED ------ "Re-Framing the Arab as Political Project"

April 25

  • An Afternoon of Arab Music with Simon Shaheen

October 04

  • Israel, Palestinians, and the Threat from Iran

October 25

  • Arab Voices with James Zogby

November 02

  • The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

    •The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

November 12

  • **This event has been canceled.** Loyalty and Citizenship in the Age of One Civilization

November 15

  • Arabic Movie Night

November 17

  • Nathalie Handal, an internationaly acclaimed poet.

January 31

  • The Mummy Project

The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies & Department of Communications present:

The Mediated Strategy of ISIS: The synergistic use of terrorism, social media and branding

Jad Melki, Ph.D., is associate professor of the journalism and media studies and incoming chairperson of the Department of Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University (LAU). He was founding director of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a former broadcast and digital journalist. Melki has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University. His research is at the intersection of digital media literacy, news framing of war, and gender studies, and focuses on Arab media and journalism education. He recently won the UNESCO-UNAoC International Media and Information Literacy Award for promoting media literacy in the Arab region through establishing the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut (MDLAB). 

Philip Aractingi, Director
Wednesday, December 2nd
Connelly Cinema
6:00-9:00 pm,

This rousing Lebanese musical tells the story of college troupe that tours the country in an old bosta (bus), performing a techno version of the national line dance that shocks conservatives, but paves the way for the future. 



Film Screening; Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land
Wednesday, February 29th
Bartley 1011 at 6:00 p.m.


Arab and Islamic Studies: Michael Slackman
"The Arab Spring and the Fate of Egypt's Christians"
Thursday, February 16th
Bartley 1010 6:00 p.m.


The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies Presents
Film Screening THE SQUARE
Wednesday, November 12
6:00 pm

Facilitated by: Nasser Chour, Department of Communication

Young revolutionaries  armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation. The Square  is made in a cinéma vérité style, giving us an up-close view of the Egyptian revolution from the ground. New technologies show us that the voice of young people cannot be silenced in this digital age where characters are fighting an ancient war with new weapons.


The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies presents
Film Screening: Rarea Solar Mama
Wednesday, October 29
6:00 PM

Facilitated by: Nasser Chour, Deparment of Communication

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. Even when she returns as the first female solar engineer in the country, her real challenge will have just begun. Will she find support for her new venture? Will she be able to inspire the other women in the village to join her and change their lives? And most importantly, will she be able to re-wire the traditional minds of the Bedouin community that stand in her way?

America's Unofficial Ambassadors 
Info Session with Program Coordinator, Kathleen Gillen
Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30 pm
Falvey 204

Gain professional skills cross-cultural experience, earn academic credit, study a foreign language, address vital human development challenges at the grassroots level, and serve as an unoffical ambassador of your community!

Rings for Sale (“Bayya3 al-Khawatem”)
Yousssef Chahine, Director
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Connelly Cinema
6:00 pm
Series Speaker: Nasser Chour
Communications Department

Shot on location in Lebanon in the 60's and directed by the legendary filmmaker Youssef Chahine, Rings for Sale ( “Bayya3 al-Khawatem” ) starring Lebanon's vocal diva Fairouz takes us on a colorful and sensational journey to Lebanon's countryside showcasing all of its rich  traditions and beauty. A spectacular musical about a small village where young people are preparing for an annual festival in which many will choose spouses.