Upcoming Events: Middle East
Arabian ShakespeareDate: Fri, April 24, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With Philippa Kelly, William Brown III and Asma Dhaif
William Brown III, Actor; Founding Director, Arabian Shakespeare Festival
Asma Dhaif, Masters Student in Instructional Technologies, SFSU
Torange Yeghizarian, Founding Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions
Philippa Kelly, PhD; Educator; Shakespeare Expert – Moderator
In 2010 three Bay Area actors traveled to the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain to teach a small group of excited women students foundational aspects of theater, aided by Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories and sonnets. After just two weeks, their students performed their favorite scenes in both English and Arabic before an enraptured audience of nearly 400. From this outpouring of enthusiasm the Arabian Shakespeare Festival was born. The company now seeks to build bridges between the United States and the Middle East by delving into the bard’s universal themes of love and hate, life and death, and vengeance and forgiveness on both sides of the seas. Brown, ASF founder and director, and Dr. Kelly explore Shakespeare’s reach into the Middle East and tackle the ongoing enigma of the bard’s true identity.
Middle East Discussion GroupDate: Mon, April 27, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
An enriching, provocative and fun discussion.
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion, led by Banafsheh Keynoush, with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. This evening's discussion will focus on Iran. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.
The Rise of Islamic RadicalismDate: Fri, May 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With a panel of consuls general
Stefan Schlueter, German Consul General in San Francisco
Andy David, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest
Paulina Carmona, Consul General of France for San Francisco
Robert Rosenthal, Director, Center for Investigative Reporting - Moderator
The rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, beyond throwing an already destabilized region into deeper chaos, has also served to spread fear across the rest of the world. From North Africa to Western Europe and on to the United States, reactions to the terror militia’s advances have taken many forms, from a surge in violent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites by emboldened Islamic radicals, to a vicious countermovement of Islamophobic violence and rhetoric. Is there any way to reconcile deep-rooted religious, societal and political differences to stop the cycle of violence from spinning further out of control? A distinguished panel of consuls general will confront the polemical issue of growing Islamic radicalization and the increase of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in its wake.
Middle East Discussion GroupDate: Mon, May 18, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.
The Legacy of Ruth Bader GinsburgDate: Fri, June 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With Scott Dodson, Professor of Law
Scott Dodson, Professor of Law, College of Law, UC Hastings; Editor, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Dodson, an expert in civil procedure and federal courts, is the editor of The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg which chronicles and evaluates the remarkable achievements Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made over the last half-century. He will discuss how Justice Ginsburg, a legal icon, has greatly influenced law and society through her work on gender equality, racial equality and international law.