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Our thanks to Mona Ismail for providing many of the calendar listings for Washington, DC


NATIONAL EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION ON PALESTINE

May 13 and 14, 2002

Hosted by the Arab American Institute & the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

In the next few weeks it is imperative for U.S. citizens concerned about the current situation in Palestine to join together. We must speak out against congressional bills and letters that are aimed at undermining U.S. relations with the Palestinian leadership and Arab countries and support legislation that advocates a balanced approach to the crisis. We must also encourage the U.S. government to support humanitarian efforts in Palestine. Speakers include: Nabil Shaath, Palestinian Authority Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Michael Tarazi and Diana Buttu, legal advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Negotiations Affairs Department, Adam Shapiro, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), John Zogby, Zogby International, among others.

Program:
MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002 - Hotel Washington Ballroom, 15th & H Sts. NW, Washington, DC

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

· Briefing with the State Department
· Reports on the Humanitarian Crisis
· Community Reports on Recent Actions Targeting Members of Congress

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

· Palestinian Eyewitnesses
· Report on Media Activity and Polling Data
· Briefing on Congressional Legislation and Letters

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2002- Capitol Hill, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

· Briefing with Members of Congress
· Issues Briefing by Middle East Experts
· Constituent Appointments

Make appointments to meet with your members of Congress. Go to:
www.capwiz.com/arab
or call Congress at 202.225-3121. Contact us so we can confirm your meeting on Tuesday.

To register, call AAI at 202.429-9210 or email: project3@aaiusa.org
Hotel rooms available for the rate of $145.00, call 1-800-424-9540 for reservations.


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies,
Georgetown University,
Cordially invites you to a lecture:

"Eyewitness to Occupied Palestine"
with
Adam Shapiro


Adam Shapiro is a human rights activist and a founder of the International Solidarity Movement, a growing nonviolent movement of Palestinian and international activists working to raise awareness of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and calling for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
Mr. Shapiro is a GU alumnus, having earned his M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown in 1997.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002
7:00- 9:00 p.m.
Reiss Room 103 (Auditorium)

Please RSVP to 202-687-6215 or ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.


The following are events scheduled between 4/3 and 4/14.
Please especially mark your calendars for our annual Symposium:
The Arab Novel: Visions of Social Reality, featuring world-renowned novelists and literary critics, to be held April 12-14.

For all events, please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, 4/3
Three Faces of Beauty: Casablanca, Paris, Cairo
Lecture and Book-signing with Dr. Susan Ossman
4 p.m. CCAS Boardroom

Three Faces of Beauty: Casablanca, Paris, Cairo (Duke University Press, March 2002) develops an account of globalization based on research into the flows of fashion. It focuses on beauty salons as places where images are embodied and debates about beauty and identity are elaborated.

Susan Ossman is an anthropologist visiting Georgetown from the American University of Paris where she is associate professor of International Communications. She has been working between Morocco and France for the last fifteen years. Professor Ossman's other publications include Picturing Casablanca, Portraits of Power in a Modern City (University of California, 1994), Miroirs Maghrébins, Itinéraires de soi et Paysages de Rencontre, (CNRS Editions,1998) and Mimesis: Imiter, représenter, circuler, (Hérmès, no. 22, 1998).
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Thursday, 4/4, 12 noon, CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241
“Islamic Revolution and American Human Rights Advocacy: A Collision Course?”

A Briefing with Father Frank Winters
Professor in the School of Foreign Service of Theology
Department of Theology
and
Yvonne Haddad
Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

#16 in a series of briefings on the War on Terrorism and its geographic, political, and social dimensions.
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Thursday, 4/4
Israeli Conscientious Objectors Panel
7:30 pm
Reiss 103 (Auditorium)
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Friday, 4/12- Sunday, 4/14
CCAS 2002 Annual Symposium
“The Arab Novel: Visions of Social Reality”
ICC Auditorium

Featuring world-renowned Arab novelists and literary critics
(* invited):

Elmaz Abinader
Kamal Abu Deeb
Diana Abu-Jaber
Gamal Al-Ghitani
Roger Allen
Hanaan Al-Shaykh*
Gaber Asfour
Aida Bamia
Halim Barakat
Hoda Barakat
Miriam Cooke
Ahmed El-Madini
Amira El-Zein
Ferial Ghazoul
Elias Khoury
Abdulrahman Munif *
Gregory Orfalea
Mubarak Rabi’
Bahaa’ Taher
Fuad Tikerli
Ahmed Toufiq

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
tel: 202-687-6215


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and
The National Resource Center on the Middle East
Georgetown University

Are proud to present a one-day colloquium

Algeria: The Search for Identity

March 12, 2002
Intercultural Center, Rm. 241
Georgetown University

9:30 a.m.
Breakfast

10:00 a.m.
Welcome Address
Barbara Stowasser (Director, CCAS)

PANEL I: 10:15 a.m. " 12:15 p.m.
John Ruedy (Georgetown University), "Algeria&Mac226;s Long Search. Historical Perspectives"

James McDougall (St. Antony&Mac226;s College, Oxford University)
"Authenticity/Alienation: Metaphor in Search of Reality"

John Entelis (Fordham University), "Islamic Identity: Popular Support for the FIS"

Robert Malley (The Council on Foreign Relations), Discussant--all panels

Lunch

PANEL II: 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
James Le Sueur (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
"Decolonizing Identity: Intellectuals and Violence During the
French-Algeria War"

Rabia Bekkar (Georgetown University), "Women in Public Space"

Mohamed Farid Azzi (University of Oran Es-Senia)
"Political Generations: Clash or Continuity?"

PANEL III: 4:00 p.m. " 6:00 p.m.
Khaoula Taleb-Ibrahimi (University of Algiers), "Language and Identity"

Osama Abi-Mershed (Georgetown University)
"Decolonization and Recovery: Colonial and Post-Colonial Notions of Kabyle Identity"
Azzedine Layachi (St. John&Mac226;s University), "The Civic Struggle for Berber Identity"

Seating is Limited. Please RSVP to
(202) 687-6215 or
ccasinfo@georgetown.edu
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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
tel: 202-687-5793


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Invites you to a briefing

Arab Youth: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Presented by
Dr. Naiem Sherbiny

Dr. Sherbiny is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He is also a Senior Representative for the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development. From 1978-1998, he was a Senior Economist at the World Bank, working on the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002
12 PM
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Part of a series of briefings concerning the geographic, political and social dimensions of the war on terrorism.
Please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


CCAS cordially invites you to attend the following events taking place between 2/6 and 2/15:

1) "International Monitoring of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict"

A presentation and discussion with
Charles Lenchner

Mr. Lenchner is a long-time nonviolent peace activist who has just returned from Israel/Palestine, where he was leading an American Jewish peace delegation. While there, his group met and worked with well-known NGOs such as the International Solidarity Movement, Grassroots International Protection for Palestinians, Miftah, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement, the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace, Gush Shalom, Rabbis for Human Rights, and New Profile.
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
12:30 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.

2) Briefing #12: After 9/11: The New Dilemma of the Democratic Movement in the Arab World

By Dr. Mouncef Marzouki
Dr. Marzouki is one of Tunisia’s leading human rights defenders. A former president of the Tunisian League for Human Rights(LTDH), he is presently the spokesperson for the National Council on Liberties in Tunisia (CNLT).
Monday, February 11, 2002
12:00 noon
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom, ICC 241
Georgetown University

This briefing is part of a CCAS series "The War on Terrorism: Geographic, Political, and Social Dimensions."
Please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.

3) Book Signing and Presentation
Raja Shehadeh
Author of Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine (Steerforth Press, 2002)

Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah. He is a founder of the pioneering, non-partisan human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, and the author of several books about international law, human rights, and the Middle East.
Monday, February 11, 2002
6:00 PM
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom, ICC 241
Georgetown University

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.

4) "Jordanian Women and Political Empowerment
"
A lecture by Dr. Abla Amawi, Senior Programme Officer, Poverty and Gender Project, United Nations Development Programme (Amman, Jordan)
Friday, February 15, 2002
11:00 AM
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom, ICC 241

Please RSVP to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies,
A division of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University

Cordially invites you to a lecture by

H.R.H. Prince Turki Al-Faisal bin Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud

Sunday, February 3, 2002
3 pm
The Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium
Georgetown University

To be followed by a reception at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Room 241, Intercultural Center

Please RSVP to (202) 687-6215 or
ccasinfo@georgetown.edu if you wish to attend.


The Center For Contemporary Arab Studies and The Arab Studies Journal

Invite you to a panel discussion

Covering The War on Terrorism

Thursday, January 24
6:00 p.m.
Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium

Featuring

MARVIN KALB
Executive Director, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy

HAFEZ AL-MIRAZI
Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Jazeera Television

RAMI G. KHOURI
Internationally Syndicated Columnist and Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

JACQUES CHARMELOT
Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Agence France-Presse

Moderated By
DR. MICHAEL C. HUDSON
Professor of Arab Studies and International Relations, Georgetown University

Please RSVP to (202) 687-6215 or to ccasinfo@georgetown.edu.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies invites you to the next two briefings in the series
"The War on Terrorism: Geographical, Political, and Social Dimensions."


Briefing #7
"Threats to Civil Liberties of Arabs and Muslims"
by Albert Mokhiber, Esq., Law Firm of Mokhiber and Moretti

Thursday, November 1, 2001 12:00 p.m.
Intercultural Center, Room 241 (Arab Studies Boardroom)
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Briefing #8
"Military Considerations of the War on Terrorism"
by Major Robert Paddock and Captain Frank Sobchak, United States Army

Tuesday, November 6, 2001 12:00 p.m.
Intercultural Center, Room 241 (Arab Studies Boardroom)
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These briefings are free and open to the public. Please rsvp to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu if you plan to attend.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
www.ccasonline.org


Sixth Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival Highlights Understanding Of Arab Culture

Showing at the Historic Foundry Theaters,
October 6 - 14, 2001

In light of the recent tragedies, The Washington, DC International Film Festival highlights understanding of the Arab world and its rich cultural heritage. The sixth annual Arabian Sights film festival comes to Washington, DC from Saturday, October 6 through Sunday, October 14 featuring the Washington premiere of some of the newest and finest contemporary cinema from the Arab world today. This year's series includes five feature-length and thirteen short films from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. All films in this festival are screened with English subtitles.

Palestine In Focus features three films including a short illustrating the beautiful preparation of a traditional Palestinian dish and a documentary about two gasoline pump attendants in Nazareth on the eve of the new millennium.

For the first time, the festival features Arabian Shorts, a program of short films by some of the area's most talented young directors. Stories range from the humorous tale of a man who wins a contest conducted by a paper tissue company in "Merci Natex" to the yarn of a man who decides to find a long-lost love in "Monette." Feature films include "Fallen Angels Paradise" (Egypt), "The Harem of Madame Osmane" (Algeria), "Speakers of Truth" (Algeria), "Moroccan Chronicles" (Morocco), and "Breeze of the Soul" (Syria). Moumen Smihi, Director of "Moroccan Chronicles" will be a featured guest for the screening of his film.

Tickets for each screening are $8 and may be purchased at the theater starting one hour before the first show. Festival passes for all seven programs are available for $45 and can be reserved by calling 202/724-5613.

All films will be shown at the Loews Cineplex Foundry Theaters, 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, in Georgetown (off of M Street between 30th and 31st Streets.) The theater is accessible from the Foggy Bottom METRO station and paid parking is available in the Foundry building and in the parking lot across from the theatre.

Major sponsors for Arabian Sights include: The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Center for the Global South, American University; Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; The Jerusalem Fund; American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Mosaic Foundation; Embassy of Morocco; Royal Air Maroc; James & Betty Sams; American Tunisian Association; and Friends of Morocco.

For more information on this series call 202/724-5613 or log on to
www.filmfestdc.org/arabian/index.asp

Screening Schedule
Fallen Angels Paradise/ Egypt:
October 6, 7 pm
October 7, 7 pm

The Harem of Madame/ Algeria:
October 6, 9 pm
Osman: October 7, 9 pm

Arabian Shorts/ various
October 6, 9:30 pm
October 7, 6:30 pm

Moroccan Chronicles/ Morocco:
October 13, 9 pm
October 14, 7 pm

Palestine in Focus/ Palestine:
October 13, 7 pm
October 13, 9:15 pm

Speakers of Truth/ Algeria:
October 13, 7:30 pm
October 14, 9:15 pm

Breeze of the Soul/ Syria:
October 14, 6:30 pm
October 14, 8:30 pm

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


"The Open Door" with Fatin Hammama
Tuesday, September 25, 2001, 6:30pm
CCAS Boardroom
Please Note That This Film Is In Arabic With No Subtitles.

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Rabab Abdulhadi speaks on
"Gender and the Coming Conflict"
Thursday, September 27th, 2001, 12:00 noon
CCAS Boardroom

RSVP to AnneMarie at Chaaraoa@georgetown.edu
by 12:00 Wednesday, September 26.

Dr. Abdulhadi has a Ph.D., MA, and MPhil in sociology from Yale University and a BA from CUNY. She is currently Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, while on research leave from her position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include gender and sexuality as they relate to the ethics, politics, and dynamics of field research; gender, displacement and exile; gender and sexuality in the Middle East; postcolonial perspectives on gender and sexuality; and transnational social movements regarding gender and sexuality.

She has worked with many NGOs and movement organizations and has published numerous scholarly articles in her area of specialization.

Co-sponsored by CCAS, YALA, and the LXR faculty in residence program.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


The Union Of Arab Student Associations
Presents
Arab Fest 2001

Sunday September 9th 2001
University Of Maryland
La Plata Beach
12pm - 7pm
Green Line Metro Stop "College Park Station"

Enjoy A Day Full Of Fun Filled Activities

Free Addimission
Dj Bassam
Afghan Kebob
Arabian Tastes And Flavors
Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Much More
Henna, Face Painting
Fun For All Ages, Bring Family and Friends

For More Information Contact uasa@Hotmail.com
Rain Date September 15, 2001


Cheb Mami
in Concert

Lisner Auditorium
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
8:00 pm

tickets available at TicketMaster.

for complete tour schedule, check http://ark21.com/tours.htm


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies invites you to an informal brown bag lunch
Monday, July 2
at 1:00 p.m. in ICC 241 for

"Eyewitnesses to Occupied Palestine"

Join a recently returned delegation to the Israeli Occupied Territorries as they share their photos and stories of the conditions of Palestinians living under occupation.

For more info, contact Anne Marie Chaaraoui at
202-687-6215
or
chaaraoa@georgetown.edu

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: http://ccasonline.org


Farida & the IRAQI Maqam Ensemble (FIME) in a USA tour.

This HISTORIC tour will take place in
NY on Saturday, May 5,
Washington, DC on Friday May 11,
Boston, MA. on Saturday, May 19, and finally in
Chicago, IL on Monday, May 21.

This is the first time at which a female Iraqi singer will be the feature of a musical tour around the United States. Farida is a remarkable vocalist who has established a reputation throughout the Arab world and Europe for her brilliant performances of the classical Iraqi maqam, highly improvisational music that is traditionally sung by men. She will be accompanied by the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, a prominent group founded by Mohammed Gomar in 1989 to continue the mission and project initially founded by the late Munir Bashir.

Farida graduated from the Institute of Music in Baghdad, mastered nineteen maqams and became the first woman to teach classical maqam in Iraq. She has participated in many international events, including prestigious festivals in Moscow, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Holland, England, France, Germany and Belgium.

"…the interplay between singer and musicians is wondrously seductive…sheer brilliance…"
- SONGLINES

Sponsored by:
World Music Institute
Smithsonian/Freer Gallery of Art
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Co-Sponsord by:
* Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Music Study Group, Harvard University
* New York State Council on the Arts
* New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Friday, May 11, 2001
7:30 PM
Freer Gallery of Art
Independence Ave at 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C.
Metro stop: Smithsonian
Tel. # for event information: (202) 357-2700
FREE Tickets
You may reserve up to four tickets by contacting TICKETMASTER beginning 10:00 A.M. on Monday, April 30.
Limited tickets (up to two per person) are distributed one hour before the event begins.
TICKETMASTER: 202.432.7328, 703.573.7328, 410.481.7328,
800.551.7328 http://www.ticketmaster.com.


CCAS Arab Cinema Series

CCAS is proud to host the Arab Cinema series, featuring the best of contemporary and classical Arabic movies (all with English subtitles).
Films will be shown on most Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm in the CCAS boardroom, Intercultural Center 241 on the main campus of Georgetown University. Admission is free.

Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing Anne Marie Chaaraoui at
chaaraoa@georgetown.edu

The Mummy (aka The Night of Counting the Years)

Directed by Shadi Abd al-Salam, 1969, 110 minutes
Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 pm
CCAS boardroom.

The Mummy, also known as The Night of Counting the Years is considered by many to be the best film ever made in Egypt. In 1888 a cache of royal mummies was found by Upper Egyptian villagers. The mummies had been hidden to prevent grave robbers from stealing the jewelry and artifacts that had been buried with the preserved corpses. Egyptologists learned of the discovery when priceless objects began to appear in the antiquities market. A team was sent to Cairo to discover the source of the objects. These events are the basis of The Mummy. The Mummy is the only fiction film made by director Shadi Abd al-Salam. It was released in 1969, and won instant acclaim in international film festivals. Produced by the public-sector cinema of the Nasser era, The Mummy explores the historical memory of a nation without veering into nationalist rhetoric. Genre conventions of Egyptian cinema are irrelevant to this film. It is visually stunning, and is one of the few artistically significant films to employ classical Arabic in the dialogue.
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Alexandria, Why?
Directed by Youssef Chahine, 1978, 133 minutes
Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm, CCAS boardroom.

The first film in Chahine's autobiographical Alexandria trilogy, Alexandria, Why? was a (widely banned) revelation in Arab cinema for its use of first-person narrative and for testing boundaries of cultural identity. In 1942, as Rommel's army nears Alexandria, some cheer the victors, Jews prepare to flee, and a vengeful aristocrat buys British soldiers to seduce and kill them--until he falls in love with one young captive. A young student (Chahine's avatar) adores Shakespeare and Hollywood, dreaming of studying filmmaking in the USA, but as he discovers the lies of European occupation and Americanization, and experiences a sexual awakening, he profoundly reevaluates his identity and allegiances.
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The Silences Of The Palace
Directed by Moufida Talatli, 1996, 127 minutes
Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 pm, CCAS boardroom.

Set in Tunisia in the 1950's, in the sunset years of its last monarchs, the Beys, is a sumptuous setting for this drama of memory and motherhood, of political and sexual power. Director Moufida Tlatli acutely attunes her film to the desperately undulant rhythms of decadence. Her quietly observant eye records the beauty and the horror of this stifling, now vanished world. The story is set in the shimmering reflection of royal life before any revolution. Alia, the young servant-girl played by Hend Sabri, is misused by her masters and wooed by the rebel, in this moving work of art. The Silences of the Palace is directed with loving attention to the details of women's lives and the political realities which they survive with courage, comradeship, and the resources of their bodies. For Tunisian filmmaker Moufida Tlatli, living in silence is a women's most terrifying condition, yet all to often in parts of the Arab world it has been their most common condition. Tlatli says, "The aspect that hits me the most powerfully is the silence imposed on women in the Arab-Muslim world. They grow up living in doubts as to their own existence and their own past."
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Canticle of the Stones
Directed by Michel Khleifi,1990, 110 minutes
Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 pm, CCAS boardroom.

Canticle of the Stones tells the story of two Palestinian lovers, now in their forties. They had barely fallen in love nearly twenty years earlier when he was imprisoned for political activity. She ran off to the United States to overcome her grief. Years later, she comes back to Jerusalem to study the Intifada's impact on Palestinian society only to find him released from prison. Against a backdrop of resistance and repression, they fall in love again. This lyrical film strives to fill the gap between fiction and reality. Its poetic dialogue is beautifully intertwined with the harsh language of military occupation and resistance. Canticle of the Stones is Michel Kheifi's second feature, after his brilliant film debut, Wedding in Galilee.
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West Beirut
Directed by Ziad Doueri, 1998, 105 minutes
Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 pm, CCAS Boardrooom

West Beirut is a semi-autobiographical first feature by Doueiri (formerly a photographer for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez), set during the 1975 Lebanese civil war between Muslims and the Christian militias. Despite its setting, this is not a "political film," but rather an almost whimsical story of the coming-of-age adventures of a group of teenagers interested in women, movies and American pop culture. For them, the war is something of a liberating experience-school has been cancelled. Kenneth Turan wrote in The Los Angeles Times that "West Beirut is especially good at providing an affectionate portrait of these guys just hanging out, smoking, listening to American music, spinning sexual fantasies and trying to figure out life....Doueiri has both a gift for creating vivid, eccentric characters and enabling his actors, who range from children cast from orphanages to some of Lebanon's most respected professionals, to realize his words."
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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org


Al-Awda DC and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies invite you to:

Palestine Diary: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege
- Muna Hamzeh

Join noted Palestinian-American journalist Muna Hamzeh for an eyewitness account of recent Israeli aggression in Palestine. Muna has spent the last ten years in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, just outside Bethlehem. Since the start of the Jerusalem Intifada she has provided vivid and moving depictions of Palestinians’ daily encounters with Israeli violence and oppression.

Georgetown University
Intercultural Center (ICC) Room 241

Thursday, December 14th, 6:30 PM

For more info, contact Margaret Zaknoen at (202) 329-569


A one day conference in DC on Lebanon
"RECONCILIATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN LEBANON -
CHALLENGES & PROSPECTS".


Monday November 13, 2000

Hotel Washington
15th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Program

9:00-9:30am Registration
9:30-9:40am Welcoming Remarks
Ghassan Rubeiz, PH.D., Conference Chair , RMF Board Member
Director, Christian Children's Fund, Washington Office

9:40-10:00am Opening Keynote Address
Nayla Moawad, Member of Lebanese Parliament, RMF Founder & Honorary President
Clovis Maksoud, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Global South at American Univeristy

10:00-12:00pm Panel I
Civil Society and the Challenges for Reconciliation


Yvonne Haddad, Ph.D., Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Chair
George Irani, Ph.D , Senior Associate, Institute of World Affairs
Samir Farah, Representative of Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Beirut-Lebanon
Mouafac Harb, Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Hayat Newspaper
Nazi Richani, Ph.D., Associate Professor, GWU, Consultant, World Bank

12:00-2:00 Keynote Luncheon Address
H.E. George Corm
, Former Lebanese Minister of Finance

2:00-4:00pm Panel II
Reconciliation at the Roots: Impact on Development

Ambassador Christopher Ross, Executive Director, Search for Common Ground on the Middle East, Chair
Gebran Ghassan Tueini, Publisher, Chairman, CEO, General Manager and Editorialist of An-Nahar Newspaper, Lebanon
Samir Makdisi, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Money & Banking., Chair , Department of Economics, American University of Beirut
Elise Salem, Ph.D, Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Frederic C. Hof, Partner, Armitage & Associates

sponsored by:
RENE MOAWAD FOUNDATION
AU'S CENTER FOR THE GLOBAL SOUTH
MAKASSED FOUNDATION OF AMERICA


Solemn Vigil
to acknowledge and mourn The Palestinian People killed as a result of Israeli military action in the occupied territories

Thursday, October 19, 2000
5:00 - 6:30
The Israeli Embassy

This week's gathering is a quiet vigil to reflect on the loss of life of the Palestinian People and the repression, violence and aggression that they are subjected to daily. Please wear black, or black Ribbon. There will be no chanting.

For information contact ADC: (202)244-2990


The Upcoming US Elections
CCAS Professor Seth Tillman and Casimir Yost, Director of the Institute for Diplomacy, will discuss likely scenarios for the November US elections and their relevance to US foreign policy in the Middle East. Please RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu.

Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

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The Ethnography of Education in the Arab World.
Moderated by CCAS Professor Walter Armbrust, seminar participants will include: Mandana Limbert, post-doctoral fellow at New York University, presenting "Gender, Religious Knowledge, and Education in Oman," Greg Starrett, Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presenting "The Door of the Eye: Science and Symbol in Islamic Education," and Michael Fahy of the University of Michigan discussing Morocco.

Thursday, October 19, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241

Please RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
URL: www.ccasonline.org


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Upcoming Events

Monday, October 2, 6:00 pm, CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241, Georgetown University
The musical group Nass Marrakech will run a workshop on North African Gnawa music, a traditional form of music which combines Arab and African elements. Gnawa musicians are known for performing a ceremony called Gnawa Lila, in which music is used to induce a healing trance. This event will be a combination of demonstration and performance, with considerable interaction between audience and group. Please RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu.

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241, Georgetown University
Critically-acclaimed writer and film-maker Tariq Ali will sign copies of his latest novel, The Stone Woman. Ali is the author of numerous books including Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree and The Book of Saladin.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Gaston Hall, Georgetown University
The Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture in Arab Studies.
Dr. Edward Said
will deliver a lecture on "The Special Relationship: The Arabs and the United States." Admission is free and open to the public. NO RESERVATIONS OR TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis.
Gaston Hall is located in historic Healy Hall, directly across from the main gate of the University at the intersection of 37th and O Streets, NW. For further information, please call (202) 687-0876.

Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241, Georgetown University.
The Upcoming US Elections. CCAS Professor Seth Tillman and Casimir Yost, Director of the Institute for Diplomacy, will discuss likely scenarios for the November US elections and their relevance to US foreign policy in the Middle East.
Please RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu.

Thursday, October 19, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
CCAS Boardroom, ICC 241, Georgetown University
The Ethnography of Education in the Arab World. Moderated by CCAS Professor Walter Armbrust, seminar participants will include: Mandana Limbert, post-doctoral fellow at New York University, presenting "Gender, Religious Knowledge, and Education in Oman," Greg Starrett, Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presenting "The Door of the Eye: Science and Symbol in Islamic Education," and Michael Fahy of the University of Michigan discussing Morocco.
Please RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu.

Street parking in the Georgetown area is limited. Visitor parking is available in the Leavey Center parking garage on the campus, accessible from 3800 Reservoir Road, Entrance 1 (hospital entrance).
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University

37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
URL: www.ccasonline.org


You are Invited to a Special MERIP Benifit
to meet Egyptian film director

YOUSRY NASRALLAH

on the occasion of the Washington, DC premiere of his new and acclaimed film

"EL-MEDINA" (The City)
(in conjunction with the Arabian Sights Film Festival)

Gala Reception Prior to the Screening
Friday, September 22, 2000
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Jefferson Court
(next to the Foundry Theater)
1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC

Film begins 8:30 pm at the Cineplex Odeon Foundry Theater
(1055 Thomas Jefferson Street)
Cost: $33 (includes general admission to the 8:30 pm film showing)

About Yousry Nasrallah
The Cairo-born filmmaker studied at the Institute of Cinema in Cairo. After four years in Lebanon as a journalist, in 1980 he began working in film as assistant to a number of directors, including Youssef Chahine and Volker Schloendorff. He has co-written and co-directed films with Chahine, including Adieu Bonaparte, Alexandria Again and Forever, and Cairo...Seen by Youssef Chahine. His feature films include Somersaults (1987), Mercedes (1993), About Boys, Girls and the Veil (1995), and El-Medina.

Limited number of Reception and Film tickets available at door.

For informed and engaged analysis of the Middle East, visit the MERIP website:
http://www.merip.org/


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
invites you to a film screening and discussion with Yousry Nasrallah, one of Egypts most prominent directors.

Summer Thefts
(Sariqat Sayfiyyah)
Yousry Nasrallah, 1988. 102 mins.
Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m.
Intercultural Center Building, Room 241
on the Georgetown University main campus.
The film will be followed by a discussion with the director. Please rsvp to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu

Over the course of four films, starting with Summer Thefts in 1988, Yousry Nasrallah has developed a style of filmmaking quite distinct from both his mentor, Yousef Chahine, and from mainstream commercial filmmaking. His films explore themes of self fulfillment and rebellion against prevailing social norms. In addition to Summer Thefts, Nasrallah has directed Mercedes (1993), the documentary On Boys, Girls, and the Veil (1995), and The City (1999), which is playing in this year’s “Arabian Sights” film festival in Washington D.C.

Summer Thefts is an autobiographical film that focuses on an aristocratic landowning family. The personal narratives of two sisters and two sons intertwine with larger historical events of Egypt from the early 1960s, when Nasser’s Nationalization Decrees were announced, to 1982, when Iran and Iraq were poised at the brink of war. In this film Nasrallah foregoes the traditional narrative style and offers instead a series of expressive details and fragmentary moments. Summer Thefts opened the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Phone: 202/687-5793
www.ccasonline.org


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
invites you to a lecture by Shimon Peres, Minister of Regional Cooperation and Former Prime Minister of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Mr. Peres will speak on
"Middle East: Prospects for Peace in the New Millenium."

Monday, September 18, 2000
9:30 a.m.
Intercultural Center Auditorium on the Georgetown University campus.

Directions to the University and the Intercultural Center and parking information can be found at
http://www.ccasonline.org/directions.html

Seating is limited and RSVP is required by Tuesday, September 12.
Please send your RSVP to chaaraoa@georgetown.edu

For more information, contact:
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
Phone: 202/687-5793
http://www.ccasonline.org


Mass Rally to Defend the Right to Return for Palestinian Refugees

September 16, 2000

On 16 September, thousands will march and rally in Washington, DC to demand the implementation of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.

The march will begin at Freedom Plaza at 11 am, and proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue. It will be followed by a rally in Lafayette Park where supporters will hear addresses by national and international figures.

The march and rally coincide with the deadline set by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators for reaching a final status agreement and also mark the date of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Israeli-occupied Beirut. The right of refugees to return to their homes is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International law, and in UN Resolution 194.

This gathering is organized by The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, known by the Arabic name al-awda

The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is a broad-based grassroots coalition sponsored and endorsed by over sixty Arab, Muslim and solidarity organizations as well as thousands of individuals.

For further information please visit the Al-Awda web site at http://al-awda.org or to arrange interviews contact:
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
Palestine Right To Return Coalition-USA (Al-Awda)
Tel: (203) 785-6317
Fax: (717) 832-1123
Email: prrc@mail.com


You are invited to attend the
ANNUAL ADC SUMMER PICNIC
at LAKE ACCOTINK PARK, 7500 Accotink Park Road,
Springfield, VA 22150

Sunday, July 30, 2000
LAKE ACCOTINK PARK
Large Pavilion Shelter (rain or shine)
12:30pm - 6:00pm

Donation: : $10 Adults, $8 Student - Children under 6 free. Available at the Park: boat rentals, fishing, hiking, biking, mini-golf, basketball, volleyball courts, children's carousel, multipurpose ballpark...

Come and enjoy Arabic food

For more Information contact: Cindy Hamra, Organizing Department of ADC 202-244-2990 or email: chamra@adc.org, or DC Area Chapter adcdcarea@yahoo.com

Directions:
From Maryland or Virginia: Using the Beltway (495), take Exit 5 (Braddock Road East). Drive 1/2 Mile then Turn Right on Heming Ave. Stay on Heming Ave. (approx. 2 miles) to the Park's rear entrance.

From 395: Take Duke Street West (Rt. 236) exit toward Annandale Road. Turn Left on Backlick Rd. (approx. 1 1/2 mile) then Turn Right on Highland Ave. Stay on Highland until you face a fork then bare to right to main marina entrance.


Al-Hewar Center
will be hosting the following upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 12 (8:00 p.m.)
An Open Discussion about "Syria After Hafez Al-Assad" (in Arabic).


Wednesday, July 26 (8:00 p.m.)
A Panel about "Egypt: The Location, the Identity, and the Role" (in Arabic).


If you read Arabic, please check these two pages about the experience of Al-Hewar Center and Magazine:

http://www.alhewar.com/images/11thAnniv.pdf

http://www.alhewar.com/images/AboutAl-Hewar.pdf


EVENT CANCELLED

Tunisian Jazz Concert

On the occasion of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's state visit to the United States, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Embassy of Tunisia would like to invite you to a Tunisian jazz concert on Friday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.

The concert will take place in Reiss Science Building, Room 103 on the Georgetown main university campus (37th & O Sts, NW). The concert will include six musicians led by Fawzi Chekili, playing contemporary jazz with Tunisian flair.

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, NW
Intercultural Center 241
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: 202/687-5793
Fax: 202/687-7001
URL: www.ccasonline.org

CANCELLED


The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
presents

FAITH IN PUBLIC SERVICE
American Muslim Experiences
The first in a series of panels and dialogues

The Interfaith Alliance Foundation along with its special guests, House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri and Republican Congressman Amo Houghton of New York invite you to a panel and dialogue showcasing the achievements of our nation's diverse faith traditions in civic life.

Islam is cited as one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. A lack of information and understanding about how Muslims can participate in the American political process prevents meaningful dialogue and partnerships in public policy endeavors. "Faith in Public Service: American Muslim Experiences" will bring together American Muslim public policy leaders, Members of Congress, and others for an open and productive discourse that will explore the various roles and contributions of American Muslims in public policy and the interfaith context in which we work.

WHO:
Congressman Richard Gephardt, House Democratic Leader from Missouri
Congressman Amo Houghton, Republican from NewYork
The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Board Member of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior Advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Board Member of The Interfaith Alliance
American Muslim Public Policy Leaders

WHERE:
Capitol Hill- 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN:
Friday, July 14, 2000
9:30-11:00 AM

The Interfaith Alliance Foundation is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization with supporters from over 50 faith traditions. A commitment to core values, including compassion, civility, and mutual respect for diversity and human dignity, unite us as people of faith and goodwill.

Please contact Roger Limoges at 202-639-6370 for more information.


Awards Ceremony and Lecture
Honoring the contributions of H.M. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to the Center and to Georgetown University

Monday, May 1, 2000, 5:30 pm
Intercultural Center, Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, NW

Presented by The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Lecture: "The Contributions of Oman to Arabic Culture: Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad, the Father of Arabic Philology,"
Dr. Irfan Shahid, Sultanate of Oman Professor of Arabic and Islamic Literature

RSVP to Ms. Anne Marie Chaaraoui at (202) 687-6215.


“Rules of Engagement” Protest, Washington DC

Cineplex Odeon Wisconsin Ave. Cinema

Protest "Rules of Engagement"
4000 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Thursday, April 20, 2000
5:45 - 7:00 PM

For Information contact ADC
(202)244-2990, adc@adc.org

“Rules of Engagement,” which is probably the most vicious anti-Arab racist film ever made by a major Hollywood studio, continues to top the box office charts. In its second week of release, it again topped the all-important weekend charts bringing in $10.9 million according to its producer, Paramount Pictures. Protests have taken place in several cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles, and more are scheduled in other cities. If ever there was a film that deserved to be protested, this is it. The director of “Rules of Engagement,” William Friedkin, is reportedly negotiating for rights to make a film based on “O Jerusalem,” a novel about the 1948 war in Palestine, so it is all the more imperative that we make our view of “Rules of Engagement” clear.

If you would like to protest the film, please contact ADC for help, advice or materiel. ADC has created a flyer ADC has created a sample flyer which is available on our website at <http://www.adc.org/images/rules.gif> as a formatted PDF file for downloading and printing. This flyer should be handed out during any demonstrations to all bypassers. It is also posted in plain text at http://www.adc.org/action/2000/12bapril2000.htm.

Critical reaction continues to pan the film as racist trash. Please see ever-expanding list of attacks on the film’s racism by movie critics below, and in particular note Stewart Klawans’ excellent review in the Nation, which can be read online at http://www.TheNation.com/issue/000501/0501klawans.shtml . ADC’s analysis of the film can be read on our website at http://www.adc.org/action/2000/11aprilb2000.htm.


Lecture by Joseph Stiglitz
Professor of Economics, Stanford University, former Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank on Globalization, Equity and the Washington Consensus

April 20, 2000 - 12:30- 2:00 p.m.
CCAS Boardroom, ICC Room 241

Presented by The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Lunch will be served, RSVP required. Seating is limited. Please contact Ms. Anne Marie Chaaraoui at 202-687-6215 or e-mail: ccasinfo@gunet.georgetown.edu


17th National Convention
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

June 8-11, 2000
Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia

Our theme this year is:
"Arab-Americans: Truly Arab -- Fully American"

for more information, see http://www.adc.org
or contact our events coordinator at (202) 244-2900


Arab World 2000: Transformations & Challenges - 25th Anniversary Symposium

March 30 and 31, 2000
Leavey Conference Center, Salon A-B, Georgetown University

At this critical juncture so full of possibilities, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies has decided to organize an extraordinary conference--its 25th Anniversary Symposium--to undertake a critical analysis of fundamental trends that have shaped the Arab world in the century just ending and the challenges of the new one just beginning. "Arab World 2000" promises to be a landmark event. Its distinguished participants--including prominent intellectuals, experts, officials, politicians and diplomats from the Arab countries and the United States--are expected to offer a critical, in-depth assessment of where the Arab world is going, where it should be going, and how it will relate to the United States and the global community.

http://www.ccasonline.org/symposium/


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University invites you to attend the fifth in a series of six lectures commemorating the 25th anniversary of CCAS featuring:

Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 6:00 p.m.

LEONARD BINDER, Professor of Polical Science, University of California, L.A.

"DEBATING THE ARAB STATE"

Where: CCAS Boardroom, ICC Room 241
Reception to follow

RSVP is required. Please contact Anne Marie Chaaraoui at 202-687-6215 or email: ccasinfo@gunet.georgetown.edu


ANA ANNUAL FESTIVAL

January 29, 2000

D.A.R. Constitution Hall

For information, please call 202-898-8008


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies @ Georgetown U.

Wednesday Forum: "Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark," a reading by author Jane Fletcher Geniesse from her biography of the explorer, Dame Freya Stark.

Wednesday, January 26, 2000, 12pm-2pm, CCAS Boardroom, 241 Intercultural Center, Georgetown
University.

Lunch will be served. To RSVP or for further information please contact Lesley Newton or Anne Marie Chaaraoui at (202) 687-6215 or e-mail: ccasinfo@gunet.georgetown.edu


Adel Okla

the Prince of the Iraqi songs

Saturday, January 22, 2000

10:30 PM

Malibu Grill, Falls Church

Admission: $35

For more information: (703) 385-9392


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