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In collaboration with the NMCSU and the NMCGSA, students of the University of Toronto and the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations organized an event on November 13th, focusing on the humanitarian and refugee crisis, as well as the ongoing cultural destruction in Syria and the Middle East.
Featuring lectures by Dr. Şenay Özden of the Hamisch Syrian Cultural House in Istanbul, Dr. Clemens Reichel, and Dr. Jens Hanssen of the University of Toronto, this event promoted awareness and discussion, while raising funds for two University of Toronto initiatives (University of Toronto 'Scholars at Risk' and 'Lifeline Syria') aimed at helping Syrian Refugees and Scholars.
The event program and more information on these very worthy fundraising initiatives and how you can help by donating are available online at: https://nmcsu.wordpress.com/events/ or http://nmcgsa.sa.utoronto.ca/nmcgsa-events
On November 10th, The Jewish Law Association hosted “The Jewish Family,” in conjunction with the University of Toronto's Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies“When the Perfect Divine Law Meets the Imperfect Jewish Family,” by Harry Fox "Your Silence is more Prudent: The Perverse Consequences for Women Attempting to Exercise their Legal Rights” by Marinka Yossiffon and “The Age of Marriage in Jewish Law—Conflicts between Halakhah and Civil Law” by Tirzah Meacham.
Following the event, Professor Tirzah Meacham was featured in the November 19th issue of The Canadian Jewish News. Multiple presentations took place which involved a lively debate regarding conflicts between the Halachah and civil law, gender relations as well as marriage and divorce. The event succeeded in accomplishing a focused discussion on themes relating to Jewish family perspectives.
On November 14th, NMC hosted the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies (CSSS) Symposium XV. Representatives from the University of Toronto included, Professor Ashoor Yousif (“Islamism in the Syro-Arabic Mukhtaṣ ar al-Akhbar al-Bay‘iyya”), Professor Amir Harrak (“Christian Arabic Historiography: Origins and Trends”), and Professor Jeannie Miller (“What it Means to be a Son: Linguistic Analysis in Al-Jahiz’s, Rebuttal of the Christians”). The Symposium focused on multiple themes all important to the preservation of Christian Arabic ecclesiastical history as well as trends related to Syriac chronography and historiography.
The conference was held for the 850th anniversary of the birth of Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the U.S. This conference explored Ibn 'Arabi's legacy as a living reality with profound implications for the modern world.
Read More>> http://ibnarabisociety.org/events/nyc2015/
PhD candidate Noa Shaindlinger co-organized three panels including Anthropology of Hope and the Futures of the Middle East parts 1 and 2 at MESA as well as a panel of the same title at AAA annual meeting in Denver.
She also presented two papers, one in each conference, based on her doctoral research: "Point of No Return: The Nakba and the 'New Normal' in Jaffa, 1948-1949" at MESA and "Looking for Hope: Notes from Fieldwork in Palestine" at AAA. Thank you Noa representing NMC!
Professors Tim Harrison, Stephen Batiuk, and Domonique Langis-Barsetti attended the 2015 ASOR Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. Presenting, “The Tell Tayinat Archaeological Project 2013–2015.”
The Annual Meeting brings together ASOR's academic community to present current findings and discuss research including over 1,000 scholars and enthusiasts of archaeology, linguistics, geography, epigraphy, anthropology, and other fields related to the study of the ancient Near East. The event concluded with a panel discussion and a summary of all projects, an engaging experience for all who attended. For more information>> http://www.asor.org/am/