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June 2018

Mr. Gay Syria: Film Screening and Talk-Back

June 3 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
Real Artways,
56 Arbor St
Hartford,
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This fascinating and timely documentary observes two gay Syrian refugees who try to rebuild their broken lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life that pits his conservative family and upbringing against his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and lives in Berlin. What unites them is a shared dream: to participate in an international beauty contest to escape their trapped lives and overcome their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will…

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Free - $10.00

The Trade: Terrorism and Political Kidnapping

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
UConn Hartford,
Hartford Times Building10 S Prospect St
Hartford, CT 06103 United States

"A kidnapping victim is a commodity" - Jere Van Dyk   In 2008, investigative journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and imprisoned for 45 days by the Taliban. He spent roughly one thousand and eighty hours in an ominously dark 12-by-12 cell. To this day the details of his release are unclear, no prisoners were exchanged and it's not known whether or not a ransom was paid. "All he knows is that he made it home," (NPR).   What Van Dyk uncovered on…

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$15.00 - $20.00

Killing the Iran Deal: What Happens Now?

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Mark Twain House and Museum,
385 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105 United States

Killing the Iran Deal: What Happens Now? On May 8, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal dubbing it, “a horrible one-sided deal that should never, ever have been made”. Today, as the U.S. faces additional nuclear tensions with North Korea, rising tensions with Iran, and a break from European Allies on the Iran Deal, many around the world are asking: what happens now?   Dr. Trita Parsi, the preeminent Middle East foreign policy…

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