Middle East Studies in collaboration with the Brown Film Forum present a screening of "Hacivat Karagoz Neden Olduruldu?" (translated as Who Killed the Shadows). The film is about two immigrants who seek refuge in the city of Bursa during the 14th century. Karagoz and Hacivat, who presented stand up shows that humorously criticized authorities, both lived and died during this era, but the legend behind their deaths has been distorted over the years. The film will be shown in Turkish with English subtitles. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Freelance correspondent Reese Erlich will discuss the challenges the presidential administration faces in the Middle East, as part of the Watson Institute's Security Seminar Series. Titled "A Reporter's Perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, Trump and the failure of U.S. Policy," Erlich will share what he's gleaned from reporting on the front-lines of dangerous borders. Erlich, who has reported for NPR, Foreign Policy, Vice News and others, will discuss the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of American policies. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Scholar and activist Jeanine Staples will deliver a lecture titled "The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self," hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Staples' lecture will draw from her published book, which shares the name of the lecture, to describe the various identities developed by women of marginalized groups in relationships. She will discuss the complex consequences of these identities and discuss how some movements have benefitted everyone. Staples is an associated professor of literacy, African American studies and gender studies at Pennsylvania State University. The event begins at 3 p.m. in Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting St.
Poet and essayist Elizabeth Alexander will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in honor of the famed civil rights activist. A professor of poetry at Yale University, Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of former President Obama. She has written two collections of essays, a play and six books of poems including "American Sublime," one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Alexander recently authored a memoir titled "The Light of the World." Free and open to the public, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting St.
University of Chicago professor Geoffrey Stone will deliver a lecture titled "Free Speech on Campus,” sponsored by the Offices of the President and Provost. As part of the Reaffirming University Values series, the lecture is intended to cultivate an environment to discuss conflicting values and controversial issues in constructive and engaging ways. A former provost at the University of Chicago, Stone is the author of "Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice" and has previously discussed issues related to freedom of expression on college campuses. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 3 p.m. in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.