In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision to leave his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode.
Discussion afterwards led by political science Profs. Oksan Bayulgen, Stephen B. Dyson, Tom Hayes, and Jeremy Pressman
Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Middle East Studies, Humanities House, Global House, and Global Affairs
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016 Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Location: Alumni Center, 2384 Alumni Drive Storrs, CT
This event is free and open to the public.
Join us for traditional food, music, dancing, a rug weaving workshop, a lecture on grape cultivation in Armenia, and a show! Note that the evening performance will take place in the Student Union Theater.
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Renowned art historian, Dr. Pnina Rosenberg from The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), will present “Reshaping Haunted Nuremberg: From the City of Nazi Party Rallies to the Street of Human Rights” on September 22 at 5:00pm in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Konover Auditorium. Dr. Rosenberg’s lecture will provide insights about the transformation of the city of Nuremberg, which held special significance in Nazi Germany as the site of monumental Nazi Party rallies. A set of laws, known as the “Nuremberg Laws” after the place where they were passed at a Nazi Party convention in 1935, became the legal foundation for the persecution of so-called “non-Aryans” and paved the way for the Holocaust. After Germany’s defeat in 1945, major German political and military functionaries and leaders of the Nazi Party were tried in Nuremberg in several international tribunals collectively known as the Nuremberg Trials.
In responding to this history, today’s Nuremberg has transformed many of these locations into educational and memorial sites with the intention of promoting human rights culture. Every other year, the city of Nuremberg bestows “The Nuremberg International Human Rights Award” upon a worthy organization working in the field of human rights. In 2000, Nuremberg was the first municipality world-wide to receive the UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education.
Sponsored by UConn Global Affairs, UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.