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.
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.
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.
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.
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.