NMCSU Events

Upcoming Events

 Syria Seminar

NMCSU & NMCGSA Academic Seminar: “Syria: A Critical Discussion of Crisis and Destruction”

In collaboration with the NMCSU and NMCGSA, concerned students of the University of Toronto and the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations have organized an event on November 13th (4-6 pm, Earth Sciences Centre: ES1050), focusing on the humanitarian and refugee crisis, as well as the cultural destruction that has been ongoing in Syria and the Middle East. Apart from this series of lectures, which will promote awareness and discussion, we will be raising funds for two University of Toronto initiatives aimed at helping Syrian Refugees and Scholars at Risk.

Generously Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.


Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Location: Earth Sciences Centre (ES 1050)
5 Bancroft Ave
University of Toronto

The seminar is open to the public and free

Featuring Lectures by:

Dr. Şenay Özden
Duke University & Hamisch Syrian Cultural House in Istanbul

Dr. Clemens Reichel
University of Toronto

Dr. Jens Hanssen
University of Toronto

In support of:
University of Toronto Lifeline Syria:

Scholars at Risk:

Facebook Event Page:

NMCGSA: http://nmcgsa.sa.utoronto.ca/nmcgsa-events/

In collaboration with the Syrian Solidarity Collective (SSC): https://www.facebook.com/SSCToronto?fref=ts

Past Events


NMCSU Games Night

Join us on Oct. 27 for our games night! We’ll have a number of different boardgames (as well as cards, of course!) and FREE FOOD will be served! Come meet your fellow NMC students, relax during this stressful time, and have fun!

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Location: Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)
Room: South Dining Room
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM


Link to Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/903904153025558/

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NMCSU Graduate Admissions Seminar

Are you interested in learning more about graduate studies in the NMC department? Want to learn more about the SSHRC? Then join us for NMCSU’s Graduate Admissions Seminar where you can have all your questions answered!
Professor Tirzah Meacham, NMC’s Graduate Coordinator, Ms Anna Sousa, NMC’s Graduate Administrator, and Professor Tim Harrison, NMC department chair, will be in attendance to answer your questions and give you folks a good idea about what it will be like in graduate programs in NMC!

And, of course, we will also have FREE FOOD at the event!

Date: Mon. Oct. 19, 2015
Location: Bancroft Building (4 Bancroft Ave.)
Room 200B (2nd floor Boardroom)
Time: 2:00 – 4:30pm

Link to Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129073173789339/

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NMCSU Annual General Meeting and Fall Elections

Welcome back NMC to an exciting new year!

Join us on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 3pm for our General Meeting where we will be talking about some of the events we have planned for the 2015-2016 school year! You will meet the new executive team for this year in our NEWLY RENOVATED LOUNGE (Room 207)! You’ll also have a chance to voice your own ideas and meet other NMC students as well.

We will also be holding elections for our First Year Representative and Events Coordinator positions! If you are interested in running for one of these positions, let us know at the General Meeting and be prepared to give a short speech about yourself, your ideas for NMCSU, and why you want to be part of the NMCSU. In order to run, you must be an NMC student which means that you must be taking at least a 0.5 FCE NMC/NML course in the 2015-2016 school year.


Link to Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/661754387257900/

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NMCSU General Elections and Meeting

Dear NMC Students,

Please join us on Thursday March 5th, 12-2pm for our end of the year General Meeting where we will be discussing our progress this year and we will be taking suggestions for improvements. This is your opportunity to contribute your thoughts and ideas to the way the department and student union runs!

We will also be holding our general election for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Please read the constitution carefully to make sure you are qualified to run: https://nmcsu.wordpress.com/constitution/ Specifically for the position of President only, we suggest that students have prior experience on course unions, although anyone may run.

You must email us at uoftnmcsu@gmail.com by Wednesday March 4th with your name, year, and position you would like to run for. Each candidate must give a one-minute speech.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us! Like always, refreshments will be served.

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NMCSU Spring Social: Night of Nowruz and Journal Launch

NMCSU Spring Social: Night of Nowruz and Journal Launch
Hart House East Common Room
Wednesday March 18th 6pm-9pm
Dinner will be Served

You are cordially invited to this year’s Near Middle Eastern Civilization Student Unions Spring Social. Come celebrate the Iranian New Year Nowruz along with our Journal Launch. Join us for a night of good food and amazing art. Taking place on March 18th from 6-9pm at Hart House (East Common Room). Bring your friends, Pharaohs and Sultans because everyone is welcome.

Please click attending as soon as possible so we may have an estimate on how much food will be needed.

 ISIS Talk


Discussing ISIS: Roots and Consequences of Violent Movements in the Levant

Speakers: Professor Jens Hanssen, Professor Timothy P. Harrison and Professor James Reilly

With the ongoing issues in the Middle East, the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Students’ Union will be hosting an Academic Seminar on the topic of violent movements, particularly the Islamic State in Syria/Levant, and the origins of conflict in the area. The seminar is divided into three specific topics: 1) the history of Islamist movements in the area; 2) the current political situation under ISIS; 3) finally, the impact of ISIS on archaeology and culture in the region.

The discussion will be held from 1-3, followed by a reception with refreshments.

Friday January 23rd, 2015
Koffler House (Multi-Faith Center) Auditorium (Room 108)
569 Spadina Crescent

All are welcome.

Thank you,
NMCSU Exec Team

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On behalf of the students of WGS340H1, in association with Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Students’ Union, Women and Gender Studies, and OISE, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:00pm in OISE room 4414 for a panel discussion with leading researchers and activists focusing on contemporary issues concerning women in the Middle East. Meet the speakers:

Sharifa Sharif An Afghan–Canadian feminist author Dr. Sharif received her doctorate in Education in developing Countries from the university of Illinois, US and has worked in the areas of adult education, women and development, community development, journalism and politics in Kabul, Canada, India and Prague. During the government of Taliban in Afghanistan, Dr. Sharif participated as an Afghan Expert on women’s issues in many international conferences, panels, radio and TV talk shows in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has also worked as Chief Editor in Radio Free Europe in Prague. She was a Media Advisor to the Chief of Staff in the president’s office and as the President Karzai’s Advisor on International Affairs.

Manal Hamzeh is an associate professor in the Women’s Studies Program at New Mexico State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Pedagogy & Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Dr. Manal’s research draws on anti-racist/decolonizing educational theories and currently focuses on the politics of gender and sexuality in the January 25th Egyptian Revolution. Her latest book is Pedagogies of Deveiling: Muslim Girls & the Hijab Discourse.

Afiya S. Zia is a feminist researcher and pro-democracy activist from Pakistan. Zia is a feminist researcher and pro-democracy activist from Pakistan. She has a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of York, UK. She is author of Sex Crime in the Islamic Context (1994), Watching Them Watching Us (2000), and has edited a series of books, authored several essays in recent publications and contributed to scholarly journals. She is currently completing a manuscript for publication titled, Faith and Feminism in Pakistan. Afiya is also pursuing research for her PhD in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. She is an active member of Women’s Action Forum – a secular women’s rights organization in Pakistan and an advisory board member of the Centre for Secular Space (UK).

Dr. Linda Tabar is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research is situated within the field of anti-colonial, anti-racist feminist scholarship. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Palestine, Memory and Dispossession: Native Encounters with Modernity and Imaginaries of Liberation.” Dr. Tabar’s articles on colonial violence, memory and the pacifying effects of the aid regime on anti-colonial movements have appeared in a number of journals including Journal of Palestine Studies, Critical Arts: Journal of South -North Media and Cultural Studies and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Ghadeer Malek is a Palestinian feminist activist, writer, and spoken word poet. She has been involved in student activism at the University of Toronto in identifying Israel as an Apartheid State and pushing for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. She founded and was Editor of 4 issues of AQSAZine, a collective zine produced by young Muslim women in Toronto using art and creative expression to address gender-based violence issues. She holds a BA in political science and history, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Ghadeer is also co-coordinator of the Young Feminist Activism program at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and manages the Young Feminist Wire, an online community of young feminists. Her writings have been published in Shameless Magazine, Feminism FOR REAL, Women’s e-news, Journal for the Society of International Development, and others. She is co-editor of the anthology, Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance released in April 2014.

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