From July 27 to August 11, 2008, twelve educators got the experience of a lifetime by touring six cities and towns in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Chefchouen, Asilah, and Tangiers.
MAAS student Jessica Devaney and 2008 MAAS graduate Natalia Sancha Garcia were featured in a summer art exhibit, “Multiplicitocracy,” at American University’s Katzen Arts Center from May 31 through July 27. Jessica’s documentary film with Mary Andreolli, Beauty in the Uprising: Israeli and Palestinian Art as Resistance, was on display, as was Natalia’s photography of the Middle East and the Maghreb.
Dr. Samer Shehata, Assistant Professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, responded to questions in a May 28 live dial
Dr. Samer Shehata, Assistant Professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, responded to questions in a May 28 live dialogue on IslamOnline.net. The subject of the dialogue, “The Syria-Israel Peace Talks: Breaking the Iran-led Block?”, prompted many provocative questions
CCAS Mourns the Loss of Dr. George Atiyeh, Dr. Andrew Vincent, Dr. Louis Cantori, and Ambassador Lucius Battle
Dr. George Atiyeh, a respected member of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Advisory Board from the early 1980s until 1997, passed away in April after a long illness. Dr. Atiyeh was born in Amioun, Lebanon, and received a B.A. and an M.A. from the American University of Beirut.
Thirty-two area educators gathered April 28 for a CCAS outreach workshop entitled “Israelis and Palestinians: Shared History, Entangled Narratives.” Zeina Seikaly, CCAS Director of Educational Outreach, welcomed the attendees and introduced the day’s agenda. Four presenters spoke about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as its social and political dimensions.
Al-Arab’s article, entitled “Americans Compete to Study Arabic at Qatar University,” discusses the cooperative relationship between CCAS and Qatar University (QU) that enables American students to study Arabic in Doha. The piece describes the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at QU, of which Dr. Abdullah Abdel Rahman is the Director.
In March 2008, Professor Samer Shehata was featured on NPR’s Marketplace, commenting on the relationship between Islam and modernity.
On December 6, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted a timely roundtable event to analyze and assess the Annapolis meetings sponsored by the United States. Speakers included H.E. Dr. Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the US; Ambassador Phillip Wilcox, Jr., President, Foundation for Middle East Peace; Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, Director, Center for the Global South, American University; and Mr. Nathan Guttman, Washington Bureau Chief for The Jewish Daily Forward. CCAS Director Dr. Michael Hudson provided introductory comments that framed the ensuing discussion.
As part of the Arab Media Series, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) hosted the Arab Media Development Symposium on October 31, 2007. The eleven-member panel of media professionals, industry leaders, and seasoned journalists addressed the past, present, and future of Arab media development through an introspective lens.
A standing-room-only audience attended the inauguration of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies on October 23rd. The evening event introduced Dr. Fida J. Adely, the first holder of the Chair established by friends of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in honor of Ambassador Clovis Masoud and his late wife Hala Salaam Maksoud.
Dr. Sherene Seikaly has been named the 2007-2008 Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She is also the co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal. Dr. Seikaly received her doctoral degree in September 2007 from the Departments of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.
The offices and common areas of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies are once again abuzz with students, faculty and staff now that the 2007-08 academic year is in full swing. CCAS welcomes 31 new MAAS students this fall — the largest-ever incoming class. This academic year also sees the return of Dr. Michael Hudson, Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies, to the CCAS directorship.