SF State Middle East & Islamic Studies Anniversary Celebration and Fair

Event Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:30
Location: HUM 304

People in Motion: SFSU Middle East & Islamic Studies Anniversary Celebration and Fair

Location: HUM 304 (PLSI Lounge)

Fair Hours

     • Wednesday, April 17th 11:30 a.m. to 3 pm

     • Thursday, April 18th 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to the fair! Faculty, Students, and Staff invited to gather for a celebration of ten years of Middle East & Islamic Studies at SFSU. Food, creative works/research posters, information tables, and slide shows will be ongoing throughout the fair hours. For specifically scheduled events (creative readings, documentary film trailer, panel discussion, musical performances etc), please see below.

Scheduled Events:


12-12:15 p.m. Michael David Lukas (Creative Writing), reading from his most recent novel The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

1:30-2 p.m. “Pushing Against the Water” – Kristen La Follette (Creative Writing) reading from her play, drawn from oral history interviews with Bay Area Muslim Women.

2:30-2:45 p.m. “We are Here, We've Always Been Here,” Iranian-American documentary film screening -- co-directed by Persis Karim (Comp. World Lit/Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies) and Soumyaa Behrens (Director of the DocFilm Institute).



12:15-1:30 p.m. Panel Presentations and discussion: “Beyond the Jungle: The Migration Crisis and Diversity of Responses”

           Chair: Burcu Ellis (International Relations)

           Graduate Student Presenters:

           Anthony Nguyen (PLSI) Yemeni Refugees in South Korea

           Joshua Salazar (IR): De-securitization and Merkel's Open Door Policy

           Pelin Gul (IR): Turkish Public Attitudes toward Syrian Refugees

           Chamandeep Saini (IR): French and German Responses to the Migration Crisis

           Yui Yoshike (IR): Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders in the United States

2:15-2:30 Musical performance on the baglama (stringed instrument) -- Berfin Snow (PLSI)

3-3:20 p.m. Paired reading of Kurdistan-inspired creative works: “In the Shadows of History” -- Neval Pektas (Creative Writing) and “Peshawa & the Protesters in the Dreamland”-- Nicole Watts (PLSI/CW)

Stand-alone slideshows

  • “The Places and Spaces of Islamic Built Environments,” organized by Santhi Kavuri-Bauer (Art), and students from the Art Dept, with special assistance from Teresa Hannigan
  • “People, Protest, and Politics in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq” -- Nicole Watts (PLSI)
  • “Palestinian Teachers On Strike and At Home” -- Mike Noonan (PLSI)
  • “Middle East & Islamic Studies at SFSU” -- Lucia Volk (IR)

Special tables/displays

  • MEIS Publications
  • Kurdistan
  • Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Iran/Afghanistan/Tajikstan (Past and Present)
  • Iranian Diaspora

And many research/creative works posters showcasing faculty and student work!