Campus Events


Upcoming Events

Public Talk and Campus Exhibition

Presented by: Lalla Essaydi, Renowned Female Muslim Photographer
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:30pm, Grafton Stovall Theater

Lalla Essaydi's work examines female identity in the contemporary Arab world, especially as it relates to veiling and European Orientalist constructions of Arab female sexuality. She will discuss these themes of gender. 

Essaydi's work will be on display in the Sawhill Gallery from March 24-April 4 with an opening reception immediately after the talk on March 25. She will have additional work on display in the Darrin-McHone Gallery, Smith House, located at 311 S. Main Street from March 7-28 with an opening reception on March 7 from 5:00-8:00pm. View the promo piece here.

Public Talk by PBS Documentary Filmmaker, Abe Kasbo, on "The Arab-American Experience"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sawhill Gallery Court, Duke Hall, West Campus; Reception to follow

Mr. Kasbo, a Syrian-American film maker, will speak on his new documentary to be shown on PBS in April 2014. With historical immigration patterns as background, the film explores the personal stories of Arab-Americans and how they have contributed to the collective American experience since the early 1800s. At a time when the media tends to paint Arab peoples and culture with the broad brush of terrorism, this film offers an alternative lens for our understanding of the Arab-American experience. View the trailer here. Co-sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History; the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence; the School of Media, Arts and Design (SMAD); and the Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations Minor (MECM). View the promo piece here.

Past Events

Erasing the Medieval Past: Historical Monuments and the Politics of Modern Culture

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Keezell Hall, Room 310

Faculty member Sarah Brooks addressed recent challenges to the preservation and study of medieval culture, especially in Turkey, in this 30-minute talk followed by discussion. The featured case study was the July 5, 2013, reconsecration for Muslim worship of the medieval Christian church of Hagia Sophia (Trebizond, Turkey), which since 1964 had been preserved as a national museum. View the poster.

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Past Imperfect: Cultural Heritage and War in Iraq and Afghanistan

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Beginning at 6:30 pm
Festival Center, James Madison University,
Lecture 6:30 pm: Festival Ballroom B/C, Upper Level
Reception to Follow: Allegheny Room, Upper Level

Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section at the Penn Art Museum, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and former president of the Archaeological Institute of America, shared his work preserving ancient sites from looting, excessive development, and destruction during times of war. He also discussed his introduction of a cultural heritage training program for U.S. troops deploying throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. View the flyer here.

International Week 2012: September 24-29 

The Office of International Programs' 2012 I-Week theme was, "25 Degrees; A Carnival of Cultures". The theme focused on the 32 degrees to 7 degrees on the meridian line, encompassing the countries of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. 

The opening festivities will took place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday, September 24, with an international bazaar on The Commons.  This event included various street vendors, a sampling of food, and a Jing Ping Band from Dominica. The international events throughout the week included Niña Yhared, an artist from Mexico, a Jing Ping Band from Dominica, a debate event, a musical concert featuring JMU musicians, a study abroad fair, a photo contest, a salsa dance, JMU's Steel Band, and a world cup soccer tournament. View more information here.