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November Events Feature Eminent Speakers

CCAS sponsored two exciting talks in the second half of November 2008, one by the prominent American diplomat Edward Djerejian, and the other by His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Mohja Kahf Visits CCAS

Poet, Writer, and Scholar Dr. Mohja Kahf Visits CCAS

Renowned author and scholar Dr. Mohja Kahf visited CCAS in fall 2008, reading poems and other selections from her literary works and speaking about the stereotype of the oppressed Muslim woman. Born in Damascus, Dr. Kahf is an associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Arkansas.

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CCAS Sponsors Talk by Senator Chuck Hagel

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska gave a CCAS-sponsored speech September 22, 2008 in Riggs Library entitled “America: Our Next Chapter.” The title, reminiscent of his book published earlier this year, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers (Ecco 2008), promised a frank discussion about American policy.

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CCAS Announces Winners of its Oxtoby Essay Prize

CCAS is pleased to announce the co-winners of the Willard J. Oxtoby essay prize for outstanding essays by a Georgetown graduate student on the question of Palestine and Middle East peace. Congratulations goes to Ashley Bowen of the program in Communication, Culture, & Technology, and Chrystie Flournoy Swiney of the Department of Government.

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CCAS Organizes Teacher Trip to Morocco

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.

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MAAS Students’ Art Displayed at American University’s Katzen Arts Center

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.

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Israeli and Palestinian Histories Explored in Spring Outreach Workshop

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.

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CCAS Scholarship Program Featured in Qatar Newspapers

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.

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Roundtable Assesses Annapolis Meeting

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.