Past Events



The History of Popular Culture and the Entertainment Industry in Early Twentieth-Century Egypt

Elena Chiti, Carmen Gitre, Raphael Cormack
Dec 14, 2023 at

This event has passed. A recording of the panel and subsequent Q&A can be found here: The History of Popular Culture and the Entertainment…



Deciphering Violence and Resistance

This is Not a Poem
Fatemeh Shams
Dec 6, 2023 (All Day)

Iran: Deciphering Violence and Resistance is a curated interdisciplinary exhibition featuring 10 artists…



18th Annual Kolb Senior Scholars Colloquium

A Retrospective
Oct 13, 2023 at -

Join us in-person or virtually

Zoom Link



Aligning Heaven and Earth

Astrology and the Construction of Historical Knowledge in Early Islam
Antoine Borrut, Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Maryland
Oct 10, 2023 at -



WOMAN, LIFE, FREEDOM

A Global Gender Protest
Sep 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 at -

This hybrid international conference has been organized by two Penn faculty members, Profs. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (History Department) and Fatemeh Shams (NELC Department), and PhD Candidate,…



Urban Studies in Modern Egypt

Sep 28, 2023 - Oct 3, 2023 at -

These events have passed. A recording of the first panel and subsequent Q&A can be found here: Urban Studies of Modern Egypt, Part I. A…



Palestine Writes Literature Festival

Sep 22, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023 (All Day)

The 2023 Palestine Writes literature festival is gathering dozens of writers, artists, publishers, performers, and scholars to explore the richness and…



First Annual Arabic Program Talent Show!!

Apr 26, 2023 at -

Come see the incredibly talented students in our Arabic Language Program, as they sing, recite poetry and the Quran, and do stand-up comedy - all in Arabic!  A good time before cramming for exams.  Snacks will be…



How Do You Say "Tomato" in Egyptian?

A Talk with Dr. Anny Gaul
Mar 27, 2023 at -

The word for "tomato" varies across Arabic dialects, and even within Egypt there is more than one way to say tomato. As a food indigenous to the Americas, the tomato is a relative newcomer to Egyptian…



Women Transforming Societies: The Global Fight for Human Rights

Fatemeh Shams
Mar 14, 2023 at -

Professor Fatemeh Shams will be speaking at the Perry World House on March 14th to honor International Women's Day.

To read more about the event and RSVP, use this…