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Beyond Crisis is a public event series directed by Jennifer Dueck, holder of the Stephen A Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Middle East & North Africa. Please join us for talks by historians and other scholars working on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as occasional films.


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A waving, shouting crowd demonstrates against Great Britain in Cairo on Oct. 23, 1951 as tension continued to mount in the dispute between Egypt and Britain over control of the Suez Canal and the Sudan. Police used tear gas to disperse Cairo mobs and fired into other crowds in Alexandria. (AP Photo)

An academic conference co-organized by Jennifer Dueck (University of Manitoba) and Peter Wien (University of Maryland)

11-12 December 2017


KENYA, Karen: A photograph taken by Make It Kenya 10 December 2015, shows a period-piece typewriter in the living room of Bogani House where Danish author Karen Blixen lived during the 1920s and is now the site of the Karen Blixen Museum in the Nairobi suburb of Karen. December 2015 marks 30 years since Meryl Streep and Robert Redford starred in Sydney Pollack's Oscar-winning film Out of Africa, projecting Kenya onto the big screen and around the world. Audiences were treated to the beauty and splendour of the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara, and some of Africa’s most exceptional natural history, all soundtracked by John Williams, haunting and memorable musical score. Visitor numbers surged and Kenya has worn the crown of safari tourism ever since. Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars as the Danish author Karen Blixen alongside Robert Redford who plays her lover Denys Finch Hatton in a movie based on Blixen's passionate writings about her life in the then-named British East Africa at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. As in her books, the movie captures the light and the smells of colonial Africa and portrays Kenya as it was - and in some respects remains today - in the beauty of its people, its culture, agriculture and wildlife. Out of Africa continues to stand as one of the most remarkable movies ever produced and in the 1985 Academy Awards the film won seven Oscars including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Picture. At the foot of the N'gong Hills on the outskirts of Nairobi lies the elegant 1910-built three-bedroomed cottage that was Blixen's home and nowadays plays host to a museum in memory of the author and her writing, drawing visitors from all over the world. In 1985 the National Museums of Kenya acquired the house for the purpose of establishing a museum and a year later the Karen Blixen Museum opened its doors to the public as one of Kenya’s national museums and a protected heritage site. It now attracts in the region of 45,000 domestic a

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