Iraq Beyond Conflict Nov. 12

Iraq  Beyond Conflict
The Art, Literature, and Music of Iraq

Room 039, Graham Memorial Building
UNC-Chapel Hill
November 12, 2011

Today war, conflict, and oil dominate our conception of Iraq. Join us as we look at Iraq that exists beyond war, and see the tradition, the culture, and the history that define its people today. From the first civilizations of Mesopotamia and the rise of majestic Islamic empires to today's vibrant youth culture, the land that lies between the Tigris and Euphrates will spark your curiosity and redefine your conception of Iraq. The pioneers of modern mathematics, the forerunners of the Renaissance, and the modern symbol of cultural diversity – this is Iraq beyond conflict.

Presenters:    Novelist Sinan Antoon, author of I’jaam
          Singer and oudist Saadoun Al-Bayati
          Artist Lukman Ahmad

Note:  North Carolina K-12 teachers will have the opportunity to earn 1.0 CEUs for participation and completion of pre- and post-workshop activities.  Resources will include online teaching materials on the art, music, literature, and history of Iraq. 

The workshop is free, but registration is required.  Please contact Outreach Director Regina Higgins at

Sponsors: Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC Department of History, UNC Honors Program