Tuesday February 27th

3:30 - 5:30pm, Gregg Pavilion

Music Workshop: “An Introduction Workshop to Daf: Exploring the Persian Frame Drum”

Within this workshop, attendees will get the chance to learn about the historical significance of Daf in Iranian Traditional Music, but more importantly have a hands on experience to learn playing the Daf and experience the rhythmic and melodic beauty of Persian music. All are welcome and no musical background is needed for attending this workshop. If you already own a Daf, please bring it with yourself as they may be a shortage of Daf instrument for all attendees.

6 - 7:30pm, JRH 102

Keynote: “Navigating the Linguistic Mosaic in Algeria: Unraveling the Complexities and Paradoxes of Multilingualism”

Nabil Boudraa (Oregon State University)


The linguistic mosaic of Algeria encompasses Berber, colloquial Arabic (known as darija), Arabic, and French, each holding a distinct role in various aspects of daily life. Recently, the Algerian government has pushed for the inclusion of more English in the educational system. More importantly, the coexistence of all these languages is not without hurdles. This presentation explores the impact of historical legacies, colonial influences, and contemporary policies on the status and use of these languages. Additionally, it examines the implications of linguistic diversity on identity formation, social cohesion, nationhood, and access to opportunities.

Wednesday February 28th

4:30 - 6:00pm, Stamm

Student Research Panel

  • Lauren Evans: “Anthropology of Medical Technologies and Gender in the Middle East”
  • Natalie Connelly: “Queer MENA Encounters & Western Sexuality Labels”
  • Kinley LeFevre-Trigg: “Issues of Aestheticization and Muslim Identity in 21st Century Mappila Paattu”
  • Liam Murphy: “Sufi Selves, Modern Worlds”

6 - 7:30pm, Stamm

Welcome Dinner

Catered dinner and activities, including henna and Arabic writing!

Thursday February 29th

3:30 - 4:30pm, Miller 105

“MENA in the Media” Student Panel

Student research panel about media portrayals of MENA topics

4:30 - 4:45pm, Miller 105

Poetry Reading

Fardosa Yusuf will present a poem

4:45 - 5pm, Miller 105



5 - 7pm, Miller 105

Keynote: “Islamic Theory of Intellectual Property Law”

Tabrez Ebrahim (Lewis & Clark Law School)


While intellectual property (IP) law is an established legal framework present in the U.S. and many Western countries, its contributions in balancing among competing policies often falls short of expectations. An Islamic theory of IP law sheds new light on the debate and tension of private property and economic justice. While it is important to understand the implementation of the Islamic theory of IP law in Muslim countries, it should also be noted that its principles can help provide new considerations to shape or reform to Western IP legal systems.