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Date: Sep 10, 2009
Hofstra University Announces Middle Eastern and Central Asian Study Day
A Series of Presentations Focused on Faculty Research
Who: Hofstra faculty who have conducted research on Middle Eastern and Central Asian (MECA) studies
What: MECA Study Day
When: September 16, 2009
Where: 310 C.V. Starr Hall and 117 Berliner Hall, South Campus
Why: To highlight and learn about the research Hofstra faculty have done on MECA studies
Hofstra faculty from a variety of departments such as fine art, art history, anthropology, history, comparative literature, economics, political science and religious studies will give presentations on their research in MECA studies. Topics from their research will include archeology, women's issues, history and the contemporary Middle Eastern and Central Asian world. These talks are free and open to the public.
Western and Central Asia in the Middle Ages
9:30 - 11:15 a.m., C.V. Starr Hall, 310
Moderator: Dr. Stefanie Nanes, Department of Political Science
Greeting by Dr. Bernard Firestone, Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Opening remarks by Dr. Daniel Martin Varisco, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Aleksandr Naymark, Department of Fine Arts/Art History
Amazing Sogdians: Masters and Creatures of the Silk Road
Dr. Anna Feuerbach, Department of Anthropology
The Damascus Steel Sword
Dr. Daniel Martin Varisco, Department of Anthropology
The Sultan's Green Thumb: Yemeni Agriculture in the 14th Century
Middle Eastern History and Literature
12:45 - 2:30 p.m., C.V. Starr Hall 310
Moderator: Dr. Aleksandr Naymark
Dr. Mario Ruiz, Department of History
What's Love Got to Do With It?
A Curious Case of Jealousy and Murder in Colonial Cairo.
Dr. Irene Siegel, Department of Comparative Literature
Religious Identity in North African Literature.
Dr. Haideh Sahim, Department of Comparative Literature
Censorship and scholarship in the Middle East: The Case of Iran.
Politics and Media
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Berliner Hall 117
Moderator: Dr. Daniel Varisco
Dr. Fatemeh Moghadam, Department of Economics
Women and the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Emancipation or Oppression?
Dr. Sephanie E. Nanes, Department of Political Science
My Home, My Municipality, My Country: Jordan's Gender Quota.
Dr. Hussein Rashid, Department of Religious Studies
Muslim-Americans and Popular Culture: Musics, Comics, and Blogs, Oh My!
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