Past Events

Syria: the Assads’ Twilight (Film)

A Film by Vincent de Cointet and Christopher Ayad.

Wednesday, April 25
5:00 p.m. Days-Massolo Center

Bashar al-Assad tells a French TV audience about his calling as a doctor. “You work for the health of humans. It’s a humanitarian job,” Two years
later, the world would watch as this humanitarian sent black-clad troops to open fire on unarmed protesters seeking the fall of his regime.

Speaker: Col. David Dimeo, Academy Professor of Arabic and Director of Center for Languages, Cultures and Regional Studies, United States Military Academy – West Point.

Goodbye Mubarak! (Film)

A Film by Katia Jarpora

Thursday, April 5
6:00 p.m.  Science Center G027

On January 25, 2011, the world was captivated as thousands of protesters flooded Tahrir Square in Cairo, demanding an end to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. But the ground protests had been laid in the weeks and months preceding the mass outpouring of opposition.  GOODBYE MUBARAK! takes us to Egypt during the fall of 2010, in the run-up to legislative elections.  What we discover is a revolution-in-waiting already simmering under the surface of Egyptian society.

Bruce Rutherford, Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University and Author of the Book “Egypt After Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World
Nadi Abdal-Gaffar: Instructor of Arabic, Colgate University.

Neither Allah, Nor Mater! (Film)

A Film by Nadia El Fani

Monday, March 27
5:00 p.m. Red Pit (Kirner-Johnson)

Winner of the International Secular Prize, Tunisian-Franco filmmaker Nadia El Fani, an avowed atheist, takes a personal approach to this cinematic exploration of secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia before and after the deposition of Ben Ali.  The film, which was made at the height of the 2010-2011 revolutions in North Africa, has proven so controversial that it has made the director a target of extremist death threats. When the Tunisian people toppled Dictator Ben Ali, they sparked an unprecedented era freedom and optimism and launched the Arab Spring in country after country.  El Fani argues, however, that a resurgent Islamism threatens these gains.

The film will be accompanied by an exhibit of images taken by Tunisian citizens during the time of the revolution.

Fragments of a Revolution (Film)

Monday, February 27
5:00 p.m. Red Pit (Kirner-Johnson)

FRAGMENTS OF A REVOLUTION goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. Directed by an anonymous Iranian living in exile, the film brings together clandestinely sent emails, online videos and footage shot by protesters in the midst of demonstrations.

Speaker: Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University

Tour of Court Street Mosque

Friday, January 27
noon meet at Campus Safety Office

Observe Friday Jumu'ah prayers at the Court Street Mosque, followed by lunch and discussion at a local Middle-Eastern restaurant.

Whirling Dervishes (Performance)

Thursday, January 26
4:00 p.m. Fillius Events Barn

Sufi mystical meditation in the tradition of Islam