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Syria in Transition

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


In collaboration with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

The Civil War in Syria is one of the most complex conflicts in the Middle East, and few outsiders understand its origins or its wide-ranging effects on the people who live there.

This special Dialogues seminar will examine the historical causes of the devastating Syrian violence and give particular attention to the plight of refugees who have fled the country or struggled with the massive internal displacements that have shattered Syrian communities and families. A distinguished historian of the Middle East will join a Syrian- American with personal knowledge of the refugee crisis to help us understand recent events and the human costs of the Syrian war.


Historical Causes of the Contemporary Syrian War
Cemil Aydin, Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill

*Due to an unforeseen conflict, Dr. Sarah Shields is unable to present.*

Syrian Refugees and their Struggles to Survive
Kamel Alachraf, Graduate of North Carolina State University and

Hiba Alzouby, Doctoral Candidate in Pharmacy

The Global Significance of the Syrian War and Refugee Migration
A panel discussion with our speakers and Syrian refugees


9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018. The tuition is $65. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues’ seminar information approximately two weeks before the program date.



October 20, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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