“Tel Aviv on Fire” (movie)

The Center for Judaic Studies:

On March 11, the film screening and discussion of Tel Aviv on Fire will take place on the UConn Storrs campus at 5pm in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. This event is free and open to the public. If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at or 860-486-2271.

About the Film

TEL AVIV ON FIRE (2018) 97min–Arabic & Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Winner of top prizes at the Haifa and Venice film festivals, writer-director Sameh Zoabi’s satire follows Salam, a winsome slacker, as he fails upwards at his job on a sudsy Palestinian TV soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire,” popular with both Israelis and Palestinians. Salam’s daily commute from the Ramallah set through the Israeli checkpoint leads to regular encounters with the IDF officer in charge. When the officer demands Salam to change the show’s storyline to make his wife happy, Salam struggles with concocting plot twists to suit viewers on both sides.

The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East

Please join us for


Prof. Micheline Ishay

University of Denver’s Josef Korbel of School of International Studies


“The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East”


4:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Storrs Hall, Widmer Wing 16


Prof. Ishay will speak about her 2019 book, published by Yale University Press.


Free and open to the public.



Contact Prof. Manisha Desai <>


Sponsored by Global Affairs, the Human Rights Institute, Middle East Studies, and Sociology.

10/14/2019 Al-Andalus: A Musical Journey

Al-Andalus: A Musical Journey

A concert & lecture

By Flamenco Master Oscar Herrero

And Prof. Nicola Carpentieri

Monday, October 14, 2019

5:00 pm

Konover Auditorium (Storrs)

Free Admission

Co-sponsored by UCHI, the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Global Affairs, The Abrahamic Initiative, Middle East Studies, and Arabic and Islamic Studies.

10/17/2019 Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins

“Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins” – Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Prof. Sarah Willen

Thursday, October 17

Heritage Room, Babbidge Library, Storrs

4:00-6:00 pm

About the Book
In Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Sarah S. Willen, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UConn, examines the impact of a mass deportation campaign targeting migrant workers in Israel. Drawing on nearly two decades of ethnographic engagement with migrants and human rights activists in Tel Aviv, the book explores migrants’ struggles to craft meaningful, flourishing lives despite the exclusions and vulnerabilities they endure. [Read more]

About the Panel

Join us for a panel discussion followed by a response from the author with migration studies scholars Tally Amir, PhD, LLB (Harvard University); Heide Castañeda, PhD, MPH (University of South Florida); and Jennifer S. Hirsch, PhD (Columbia University). Light refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the UConn Human Rights Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and the Middle East Studies Program. If you require an accommodation, please contact Pamela Weathers at or 860-486-2271.

FOR SAMA screening & discussion (movie)

screening & discussion

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center

Join us for a special screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary FOR SAMA.

More details and trailer here:


Jeremy Pressman, PhD

Associate Professor

09/26/18 Development, Politics, Demography, and Diffusion

Development, Politics, Demography, and Diffusion:

The Anti-Regime Protests in Iran, December 2017 - January 2018

Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies
Boston College

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:15 - 1:30 P.M.
Oak Hall 408

Sponsored by Global Affairs, Middle East Studies, and the
Department of Sociology.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Pressman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Middle East Studies.

Mohammad Ali Kadivar

03/06/18 “Addressing the Emergency in Ghouta”

Addressing the Emergency in Ghouta

A forum to address the emergency in Ghouta, Syria

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Room 162
Dodd Center
405 Babbidge Road
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Dialogue with Stanley Heller and video testimonial from a civilian from Ghouta. This event will inform audience members of the political motivations behind the crisis, provide a humanitarian perspective, and inform audience members of what they can do to alleviate the crisis within their own communities.

Stanley Heller is the chairman of The Middle East Crisis Committee of Hartford, CT. He is also the host of a weekly TV show titled “The Struggle,” in which he’s interviewed a number of Syrians and Syrian-Americans about the Democratic Uprising in Syria.

Hosted by: UConn’s More Than 10,000 

For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.