Events Sponsored by INEAS

Since 1994, INEAS has been Promoting an Understanding
of African and Asian Languages, Cultures and Politics

Celebrate International Seed Day (ISD) with Us  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:30 am-5:00 pm

FREE to The Public


Activists, Farmers, Health and Organic Food Stores, Small Business Owners and Non-profit Organizations are invited to participate in International Seed Day (ISD) on Saturday, April 26.

Where: Roslindale Congregational Church

25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, Mass. 02131

When:  Saturday, April 26 from 11:30 – 5 pm

ISD is an educational day to share knowledge about seed saving and planting, the advantages of biodiversity, food sovereignty and organic food.  It is the day to bring awareness about farmers’ rights, the disadvantages of bio-piracy and dangers of Genetically Engineered Food (GEF) [aka Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs]

Part of the activities is a FREE workshop to explore farming 
The workshop is provided courtesy of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Workshop: Explore Farming

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Have you ever thought you might like to make a business out of growing vegetables or raising animals? This workshop followed by a discussion session is designed to help you start thinking about your future farm business - and whether or not starting a farm business is right for you. We will talk about agriculture in New England, the challenges and rewards of starting a farm business, what resources and knowledge you will need in order to start farming, and some ways you can get involved in growing food without the risk of starting a business.

Participants need to pre-register if they wish to display their information and products on tables. To reserve a table, the following marginal fees apply for 6'x3' tables:  

Farmers: $10  Organizations/Companies:  $20 

Please Reserve a Table by April 20 

Make checks payable to INEAS and mail them to:

Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, Mass. 02142 USA

For more information, email us at  and 

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Sponsored by the Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS), an independent, tax-exempt, educational and cultural organization in Cambridge, Mass. In 2014,  INEAS celebrates its 20th anniversary.  Become an INEAS Member

Co-sponsored by the Harvest Co-op, a community owned cooperative market with over 4,000 members in the Boston and Cambridge area, and offering three market locations in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain. Harvest features local, organic and commercial foods. Visit Your Co-op


Yoga Workshop

In Celebration of Holi (the Color Festival)

Instructor: Chandra Cantor
This workshop will begin with a short discussion and meditation followed by a gentle warm up, dynamic flowing Vinyasa, and a slow cool down into deep relaxation. Chandra provides a calm and  playful environment that encourages everyone to feel comfortable.  All levels are welcome.  Wearing comfortable, preferably cotton and colorful clothes is highly recommended.  Bring your mat as well as a pen and a paper.
Chandra has had a lifelong involvement in Dance, Yoga and the Movement Arts. Her study of Yoga has taken her throughout the USA and India. Chandra has taught Yoga for 17 years in the Boston area where she lives.

Time & Date:  Sunday, March 16, 2014   3:30 –5:30 pm

Location: Third Life Studio
Address: 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
Pre-registration is required.
 Minimum Attendees: 12
To register, please make check or money order payable to INEAS and mail to:

Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA. 02142
For more information, contact us at (617) 86-INEAS (864-6327) and at both and


Past Events

Tai Chi, Indian Martial Arts
and Bollywood Dancing

10, 10, 10

Bill Buckley leading a class in Tai Chi

Join us on 10,10,10 for three classes in martial arts and dancing. Here is a chance to learn some amazing fitness techniques from the experts and spend an afternoon getting fit while socializing and having fun. We hope to see you there. Event Flyer

At Noon: We will begin in Jamaic Plaina (JP) for a one-hour class of Tai Chi with Bill Buckley. Tai Chi reduces stress.

Location: 38 Hyde Park Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA

Registration: $5 donation. Pre-registration in strongly recommended.

At 2:30 pm: Internationally acclaimed performer and teacher, Aparna Sindhoor will give a one-hour class of Bollywood dancing as seen in Hindi films.

At 3:30 pm: We will conclude with a one-hour of Kalari Ppayattu, one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world given by martial artist and choreographer, Anil Natyaveda.

The schedule and distance between locations will allow learners to
attend ALL three classes. So join us to relax and have FUN

Make check payable to "INEAS"
Mail with your registration form to:

Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA


INEAS' 15th Anniversary at
Roslindale Village

Thursday, November 5, 2009
6:00-10:30 pm


Beatrice Greene
Betsy Lister

Join us to celebrate INEAS’ 15th Anniversary at the Roslindale Village. This fundraising evening will commence at the Select Café on Belgrade Ave. featuring poetry recitation by poets Beatrice Green, Betsy Lister and Wafaa’ Al-Natheema. Then words will be transformed to music at the Birch St. Bistro where a live jazz band will perform for the rest of the evening.

Beatrice Greene writes poetry, essays and composes music. Rhythmic cadences often punctuate her works.

Betsy Lister is a poet and writer who write about surviving life’s experiences, her thoughts, desires, passions and dreams. She has published a chapbook, “Gypsypashn A Sampling of Soul”.

Wafaa’ Al-Natheema is a writer, poet and filmmaker. In 2004, she published, “Untamed Nostalgia – Wild Poems”

Venue: At the Select Cafe, 2 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, MA. 02131and Birch Street Bistro, 14 Birch Street, Roslindale, MA. 02131

$10 General Admission
$25 (incl. one-year membership)
$40 (incl. a drink and appetizer)

For reservations, e-mail: and
Or call at (617) 86-INEAS (864-6327)

Ongoing Events

International Seed Day (ISD)

Every Year on April 26 

2009 - 2014

April 26th is International Seeds Day
Organizations, activists and farmers will observe April 26 as International Seeds Day (ISD) advocating for patent-free seeds, organic food and farmers' rights. ISD is an educational day for the public to learn about genetically modified food and its hazardous effects, food sovereignty and the monopoly over worldwide agriculture by major US and European agribusiness companies.  

Order 81 was signed on April 26, 2004 by Paul Bremer, the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq to control Iraq's agriculture. The Order was a declaration of war against farmers. Article 14 of this law states "Farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties," Order 81 mends Iraq's original law No. 65 on patents, created in 1970. The most significant part of Order 81 is the subject of 'Plant Variety Protection' (PVP), which ensures not the protection of biodiversity, but rather the protection of the commercial interests of USA and European major seed corporations. In order to qualify for PVP, seeds have to be 'new, distinct, uniform and stable'. Therefore, the sort of seeds being encouraged to grow by corporations such as World Wide Wheat Company (WWWC), Monsanto and others will be those registered under PVP.

For a list of endorsers and more information, click on ISD Event Page


Past Events

March 2008
March 29

September 2007
Intensive Arabic Workshop I
September 15 & 16

Intensive Arabic Workshop II
September 22 & 23

April 2005
Music of Mauritania's Malouma - Griots, African Rythms & Arabic Lyrics
April 14, 2005, Boston, MA

November 2004
"The Art of Screen Writing -- Imagining and Interpreting Unknown Worlds"
November 20 & 21, 2004, UMASS Boston

August 2004
Golden August: Unprecedented Cultural Episodes
August 12, 2004, Cambridge, MA

To read a full list of INEAS-sponsored past events click here.