Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Convenings, Opportunities and Deaths

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Convenings, Opportunities and Deaths

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMBS) at the University of California, Berkeley, is hosting a number of spring lectures and events: April 17-Dr. Jessica Winegar will discuss "Egyptian Visual Arts and the Dilemma of Cultural Authenticity," April 17, 5 p.m., Sultan Room, CMES, as part of the ARCE (American Research Center in Egypt) California Lecture Series; Larry Berman will lecture on "Hetepheres and Old Kingdom Daily Life," May 25, 2:30 p.m., Dwindle Hall, Rm. 370). On May 2 and 3, CMES will host "Tri-Cultural Literature in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula: A Conference in Memory of Americo Castro." International scholars will gather to discuss the centuries-old interactions of Hispano-Romanic literature with Arabic and Hebrew. The conference will be held in the Sultan Room, CMES. May 7 will feature "An Evening with Orhan Pamuk," Turkey's best-selling novelist and one of the world's leading writers of fiction, whose most recent novel is My Name is Red, 5 p.m, location TBA. For updated information, call (510) 642-8208.

The North Park University Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Chicago is hosting a lecture entitled "After September 11: How the World sees US (the United States)," April 16, 7:30 p.m., at Anderson Chapel. Speakers will be Dr. Ghada Talhami of Lake Forest College and Professor Kazi Joshua of North Park Seminary. For more information, visit .


The University of Washington is accepting applications for its intensive Near Eastern Language and Civilization summer program. The Summer Quarter 2003 offers several levels of Arabic, Hebrew, Uzbek and Uighur, as well as courses on Islam and ancient and modern Near Eastern history and culture. To request information, call (206) 543-2320 in the greater Seattle area, 1 (800) 543-2320 or (206) 543-0898 (TTY), or visit . For more information on the program or fellowships, call the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, (206) 543-6033 (voice), (206) 543-8925 (TDD).

The Balamand Education Foundation is accepting applications for CONNECT 2003, a four-week summer program at the University of Balamand in North Lebanon. CONNECT 2003 offers academic and language programs, seminars and workshops, trips within Lebanon and Syria, and cultural and community activities. For more information, call Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, director of development, at (201) 945-1131 or e-mail . The program Web site is .


Mushaf Ali Mir, 57, chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAP), died Feb. 20 in an airplane crash. Born In Lahore in 1947, he graduated from the PAP College in 1967. He was highly decorated as a fighter pilot and took part in the 1971 war against India. In 1986, he joined the National Defense College and graduated with honors. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in 2000, where one of his first accomplishments was the establishment of the Center for Aerospace Power Studies (CAPS), a think tank focused on airpower and its effects on the South Asia region and the PAF in particular. On Feb. 20, a plane carrying Mir, his wife, and several high-ranking PAF officers crashed in a remote region of northwestern Pakistan. The trip was part of an annual inspection of air bases. The government of Pakistan ruled out foul play, citing bad weather as the cause of the accident. …

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