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WEDNESDAY April 1, 2009

5:00 –6:00 pm

 Registration Connelly Center main lounge

6:00 - 9:00

Opening of the Conference by Fr. Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University followed by the screening of Cannes Award winning film: Caramel with the director, Nadine Labaki present, introduced by Nasser Chour
Connelly Cinema

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Reception: hosted by Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Director and Nasser Chour, Associate Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies
Connelly Center President’s lounge

 THURSDAY April 2, 2009


 St. David's Room

 Haverford Room

 Bryn Mawr Room

8:30 – 9:00

Registration, light breakfast Connelly Center Main lounge

9:00 - 10:30

 Panel 1/A
Media: Reflections and Representations

Panel 1/B
Roots of Arab Philosophy

Panel 1/C
Approaches to Terrorism

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break: Refreshments. Main lounge

10:45 – 12:15

Panel 2/A
Roundtable: Law in the Arab World: Religious and Secular

Panel 2/B

Islamic Law and Legal Procedures

Workshop on Arab calligraphy

12:15 – 2:00 pm

Lunch with Saad Eddin Ibrahim introduced by Hasan Shahpari
Villanova Room

2:00 – 3:30

Panel 3/A
Qur’an and the Gender Jihad

Panel 3/B
Natural Resources in the Middle East

Panel 3/C
Justice, Human Rights and Democratization in the Maghreb

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Meet the Authors
Susan Abulhawa, Habib Tengour, Eric Sellin read their work
Moderated by Pierre Joris. Falvey Library

5:30 – 7:00

Reception, book signing, book exhibit, photo exhibit.
Hosted by Joseph Lucia, Director of Falvey Library Falvey Library

7:30 – 9:00 pm

My Name is Rachel Corrie Compiled by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman
A play based on the diaries of Rachel Corrie, directed by Sean O’Donnell, actress: Courtney Day Nassar. Connelly Cinema

FRIDAY April 3, 2009


St. David's Room

Haverford Room

Bryn Mawr Room

8:30 – 9:00

Registration / light breakfast Connelly Center main lounge

9:00 - 10:30

 Panel 4/A
Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish

Panel 4/B
Islam-based Self Representation and Political Movements

Panel 4/C
Economic Foundations of Islam

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15

Panel 5/A
Workshop on Iraqi refugees

Panel 5/B
Culture and Politics in the Context of the War on Terror

Panel 5/C
Al Andalous

12:15 – 2:00 pm

Lunch with James Zogby – introduced by Marwan Kreidie  
Villanova Room

2:00 - 3:30

Panel 6/A
Roundtable: U.S. Promoting Democracy in the Middle East: Smart Strategy or Naïveté?

Panel 6/B
Conflict, Resistance and Democratization

Panel 6/C
Approaches to Postcolonial Writing


Coffee break

3:45 – 5:15

Panel 7/A
New Literary Consciousness: Studies in Exile (dedicated to the memory of A. Khatibi)

Panel 7/B
The Abrahamic Other


5:30 – 7:00

Keynote address: Juan R. I. Cole
Fr. Kail Ellis, OSA Dean of Arts and Sciences introduces the speaker.
Connelly Cinema

7:00 – 10:00

Banquet, hosted by John Johannes, Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Tribute to Hafeez Malik, founding member of the Villanova Center for Arab and Islamic Studies by Fr. Kail Ellis, OSA, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Robert Langran, Chair of the Dept. of Political Science. Villanova Room

SATURDAY April 4, 2009


St. David's Room

Haverford Room

Bryn Mawr Room

8:30 – 9:00

Registration / light breakfast Connelly main lounge

9:00 - 10:30

Panel 8/A   

Academe and Arab and Islamic Studies

Panel 8/B
Mathematics in the Islamic World

 Panel 8/C
Diasporic Identities

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

 Panel 9/A
Perspectives on Muslim Women

Panel 9/B
Contemporary Arab Literature

Panel 9/C
The Ottoman Empire

12:15 – 2:00

Lunch: Dougherty Hall Cafeteria ($5 with conference coupon)

2:00 – 3:30

Panel 10/A
A Clash of What? Western Notions of the East

Panel 10/B
Teaching Arab and Islamic Studies

Panel 10/C
Many Faces of Islam:
Shi’a and Sufi

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45 – 5:15

Panel 11/A
Palestinian Identity at Home and Abroad

Panel 11/B
Diversity in Islamic Tradition

Panel 11/C
Texts and Contexts in Arab Literature

4:00 – 6:00 Women Take the Camera in the Middle East
One on one with leading music video producer, Mayada al-Hiraki and award-winning film director, Nadine Labaki
Connelly Cinema

April 2-4

Continuous Film Screening of video clips, documentaries and feature films.

Connelly Cinema