AUIS Events

AUIS MathFest 2016

The event is organized by the Undergraduate Mathematical Society, a student organization at AUIS, and will take place on Feb 13, 2016. The event will include many exciting activities, and will commence with interesting lectures on mathematics by experts.    The competition will be divided into two junior and senior competitions.    The Senior Competition will consist of a game show-like round btween AUIS and the University of Sulaimani.    The Junior Competition has one round similar to the senior competition, and will have teams participating from four high schools from Sulaimani.    Participants will be required to bring their university student ID cards on the event day to register.   Register here to attend the event.   

Access Program Opening Ceremony

  The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) will host a ceremony to give out certificates to 80 high school students selected to attend the Access Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State.  The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. AUIS began to implement the Access Program in December of 2016. The program enrolled 80 local high school students from surrounding high schools in Sulaimani.  Contact: Rachel Laribee Gresk, Director of Academic Administration and Accreditation | rachel.gresk@auis.edu.krd 

Guest Talk by Kareem Abdulrahman

  The Moulakis Library hosted a guest talk by Kareem Abdulrahman, who has recently translated and published Bakhtiyar Ali’s renowned Kurdish novel "Ghazalnus and the Gardens of Imagination", into English as "I Stared at the Night of the City".  During his talk, Abdulrahman discussed the challenging translation process in detail, and also gave students advice on how to overcome challenges they face when translating important work.  The book was published by Periscope Books in London last year. It won a “PEN Promotes” grant, and PEN’s World Bookshelf describes the novel as: I Stared at the Night of the City is a trip, in more ways than one: a tale of extraordinary people travelling great distances, in their minds or with their feet. It is a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, so much in the news nowadays but otherwise so little understood. Told by several unreliable narrators in a kaleidoscope of fragments that all eventually cohere, the novel manages the neat trick of dipping readers into a fantasia just long enough before wrenching them back to hard, cold ‘real life’. Kareem Abdulrahman is a translator and journalist. He obtained his MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster and worked for over eight years with the BBC, where translation from Kurdish was part of his remit. In 2013, he was awarded a place on the British Centre for Literary Translation’s prestigious mentorship programme. He lives in London. 

Charity Rock Concert with Jerry Joseph

Join us this Thursday at 5:00 pm for a charity concert by Jerry Joseph, an American singer, songwriter, and guitar player currently touring the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Jerry Joseph will be joined by the AUIS Oriental Musical Club to play at the concert.  The concert is open to everyone. Outside guests are welcome to join by registering on this link: http://bit.ly/2p9MC1L. Please bring some form of ID with you for security check at the gate. Only registered guests can attend.    There are no tickets, but donations are welcome, which will go to refugee camps in the Kurdistan region.  Visit Jerry's GoFundMe page for more information about why he is touring Kurdistan, and his efforts to raise funds to bring music and music education to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.      About the Artist Jerry Joseph has been writing, recording and playing music for well over three decades, and has released over 25 records as a solo artist and frontman for bands such as The Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome, Little Women and The Denmark Vesseys. In 2014, Jerry traveled to Afghanistan to work as a teacher at Rock School Kabul and bring needed music equipment to the school. He performs more than 150 shows a year across the globe, including recent tours in Lebanon, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as Europe and the United States.

Guest Lecture and Book Launch: Kareem Abdulrahman

  The Moulakis Library hosts a guest talk by Kareem Abdulrahman, who has recently translated and published Bakhtiyar Ali’s renowned Kurdish novel Ghazalnus and the Gardens of Imagination, into English as I Stared at the Night of the City. The book was published by Periscope Books in London last year. Abdulrahman will discuss the unique challenges of translating and publishing contemporary Kurdish fiction. The event will be hosted at the Reading Center at the Moulakis Library.    The book has won a “PEN Promotes” grant, and PEN’s World Bookshelf describes the novel as:   I Stared at the Night of the City is a trip, in more ways than one: a tale of extraordinary people travelling great distances, in their minds or with their feet. It is a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, so much in the news nowadays but otherwise so little understood. Told by several unreliable narrators in a kaleidoscope of fragments that all eventually cohere, the novel manages the neat trick of dipping readers into a fantasia just long enough before wrenching them back to hard, cold ‘real life’.   Kareem Abdulrahman is a translator and journalist. He obtained his MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster and worked for over eight years with the BBC, where translation from Kurdish was part of his remit. In 2013, he was awarded a place on the British Centre for Literary Translation’s prestigious mentorship programme. He lives in London.  

2017 Sulaimani Earth Day Festival Promotes Environmental Concern and Awareness

“The Earth is our home. Protect our home.” In a region known for its stunning natural beauty, it is fitting that people want to protect the environment and keep it for future generations. This was the spirit behind the 2017 Sulaimani Earth Day Festival, held in Azadi Park on April 22nd. The Festival was organized in collaboration with the international Earth Day Network and the March for Science. The Festival began with a service walk around the park, during which participants picked up debris and rubbish. After the cleanup, approximately 20 organizations from around the city had set up informational tables to educate attendees about a variety of environmental, scientific, and healthcare issues. As the people enjoyed the exhibitor booths, live music was played, and poetry in Kurdish and English was performed. A “trash relay” competition was also officiated by the Suli Runners club.   The event was organized by students associated with the AUIS Environment Keepers club with significant input and help from Nabil Musa and Waterkeepers Iraq. Other environmental organizations that exhibited were Nature Iraq, Nature Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Botanical Foundation, the Ainda Organization, Green Environment, and the Persian Leopard Conservation project. The Festival was not the first of its kind to be held in Azadi Park. From 2012 to 2014, Nature Iraq helped organize the Sulaimani Green Arts and Music Festival with similar goals. Zayne Amer, Senior English Instructor in AUIS’s Academic Preparatory Program, who participated in both festivals, said, “I’ve seen the positive impact that events like this Festival can have on the Suli community. Hopefully this will promote more civic engagement and activism in the future.” Article contirbuted by Chris Edwards, Academic Preparatory Program (APP) Photos by Wud Salam, Communications student volunteer 

Guest Lecture on Contemporary Photography by Akam Sheikh Hadi

Internationally acclaimed Kurdish photographer, Akam Sheikh Hadi, will give a talk on his approach towards contemporary photography. He will also discuss some of his latest works that have been exhibited internationally. This guest lecture will be the inuagural event of the AUIS10 Art Week running from May 7 - 13, 2017.  A photographer and artist from Sulaimani, Akam holds numerous awards and certificates for his photography skills, and has worked on projects such as HAWA - a commemoration of the Halabja incident - and the Nishtiman project in Turkey that showcased Kurdish mass migration. Akam Hadi was the first Kurdish artist to be officially invited to Turkey to take part in this project. Hadi has won international acclaim for his work, and has shown his work at the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, and the Chobi Mela festival in Bangladesh, among other countries. The talk will be in Kurdish but will be interpreted by a student in English.   The event is open to all AUIS community.     

Open Mic Night

Another exciting Open Mic Night arranged by the AUIS Voice at the Soho Restaurant and Lounge, Family Mall, Sulaimani .  Contact: Artin Barawi, Editor-in-Chief, AUIS Voice | ab15005@aius.edu.krd 

Information Technology Day

Our IT students will be presenting creative, interactive and fun projects tomorrow from 11:15 - 12:15 in A-B1-Hallway. This event is sponsored by Dario Cafe. There will be plenty of pizzas, cakes, cupcakes, beverages and much more! You can also win unique prizes we collected just for this special event. One more thing, we have lots of stickers! You should put at least one on your laptop! 

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