Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 10, 2014

IB Arabic senior honored

Alejandra Padin-Dujon, an IB Arabic student, was recently honored as one of the top three African-American high school scholars in Oregon, the Oregonian recently reported.  Congratulations Alejandra – ألف مبروك!

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 8, 2014

Free Arabic typing tutor

Want to learn how to type in Arabic?  Check out this free Arabic typing tutor.

IB Arabic students will need to submit a typed essay starting in the 2015 exam session, so now is a great time to get a head start.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 8, 2014

Seeking Host Family for Egyptian High School Girl

Share your America with Radwa from Egypt

PAX is seeking a host for Radwa, a delightful girl from Cairo.  She loves cooking, painting, swimming and would like to be a surgeon.  This 16 year old ‘A’ student has received a US State Department scholarship to attend high school here starting next fall.  the scholarship provides health insurance, and covers her school fees and personal expenses.

A host can be a single woman, retired couple or any combination family who provides meals, a room, study area,  and shared activities.  This is a chance to make a difference in the life of a young person as you share our America.  Call 503-293-6195, or e-mail mimisandersart@hotmail.com for more information.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | April 8, 2014

Extra Credit Events for April

Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content beforehand.  All information is from the website/newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless state otherwise.

Tinariwen Concert

Tinariwen is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. For more information, visit http://www.aladdin-theater.com/

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Where: Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland

Cost: $25 adv/$30 door

Restrictions: Minors Under 21 with Parent or Legal Guardian

Weekly events:

Arabic conversation and culture group

Organized by Arab students at PSU, this group meets weekly to practice Arabic and English and discuss Arab culture.  All are welcome:

When: Thursdays 4-6

Where: Park Avenue Cafe (1535 SW Park Ave)

 

Posted by: Sarah Standish | March 6, 2014

Extra credit events for March

Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content beforehand.  All information is from the website/newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless state otherwise.

Exhibit: Abaya and Beyond 

Abaya and Beyond, an exhibition of paintings created by Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, will be featured at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. The exhibit represents four series of paintings she created during her 2004-2010 tenure as a professor, teaching art to Muslim women in Kuwait. Her book, Suitcase Filled with Nails: Lesson Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait, will also be available for signing at first Friday Opening Reception on March 7th, 6 pm – 8 pm. For more information, visit: http://www.columbiaarts.org/gallery/2014/3/YvonneWakefield.html

When: March 7 – 29, 2014

Where: Columbia Center for the Arts, Cascade Avenue, Hood River

Taking the Girls’ Rock Camp Model to Bahrain: A Talk and Discussion About Girls, The Gulf, and Music

In August 2013, instructors from the Portland-based music education nonprofit Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls traveled to the small Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain to produce a music camp for girls at the invitation of the United States embassy. The camp, a modified version of the Oregon girls’ empowerment program, included cross-cultural exchange through video and zine-making with Portland students.

Three of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls team will present their experiences in this talk. Cosponsored by Oregon Humanities.  For more information, visit: http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/special-projects/rock-camp-for-girls-goes-to-bahrain/392/

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Where: Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the Present

When: Tuesday, February 4 – April 27, 2014, Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm

Where: Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the present is an exhibition of historical Arabic calligraphy and related material that offers an immersive glance into one of the world’s most poetic and spiritual art forms. At the center of the exhibition is a group of rare works on loan to the Cooley from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and a diverse array of manuscript folios from the collection of Reed alumnus Steven Herold ’63.  For more information, click here.

Finding Justice in the Holy Land and At Home

From the Middle East to the USA, from Palestine to Portland, justice is as much sought after as it is elusive. This important MFSA event will feature keynote speaker Mark Braverman’s expert presentation of the justice issues facing the Palestinian people. Looking through the lens of the Palestinian experience, experts from a variety of justice areas will help us identify factors that are common in the subversion of justice regardless of the type or the location. By learning these factors we can begin to address them before they take root and in this way help build a world where justice may “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” (Amos 5:24 NRSV)

For more information and to buy tickets, visit: http://www.oimfsa.org/mfsa-spring-event/.  Presented by Oregon Idaho MFSA – Methodist Federation for Social Action

 When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Where: First United Methodist Church, Southwest Jefferson Street, Portland

Posted by: Sarah Standish | February 27, 2014

Where to study Arabic in the summer: 2014

High school students today are lucky that there are an increasing number of options to study Arabic both abroad and in the US.  Unlike the full-scholarship NSLI-Y program (whose deadline passed last fall), all of these programs do cost money, but some offer scholarships and financial aid to qualified applicants.  NB: Some also have minimum age requirements.  For more summer opportunities, see also my previous post on scholarships offered by the Qatar Foundation International.

Study Abroad

Where There Be Dragons

Where There Be Dragons offers two summer programs in the Middle East:

Choate Rosemary Hall

AFS

Study in the US

Middlebury Monterey Language Academy

At the Middlebury Monterey Language Academy (4 weeks), students commit to using only their language of study for the entire time they’re there.  It’s hard–but also said to be extremely fun! See my previous post for scholarship information.

Concordia Arabic Language Village

The Concordia Arabic Language Village (2 weeks or 4 weeks) offers the fun of going to camp with the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning a language.  See my previous post for scholarship information.

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University’s STARTALK for High School Students (2-3 weeks) offers a fun, rigorous learning experience for students who are serious about Arabic.  The University has not yet posted many details about their 2014 program, but in the past this has been one of the most affordable residential summer Arabic programs.

Federal Service Language Academy

The University of North Georgia’s Federal Service Language Academy (3 weeks) offers language courses in a variety of languages, including Arabic.  This program is specifically designed for students who are interested in using their language skills to pursue a career with the federal government and includes an athletic component; students must already have a certain level of fitness in order to be accepted.  See website for details.

Portland State University

Portland State University has not yet published a course schedule for summer 2014, but the University has a strong Arabic program and has offered summer Arabic classes in the past.  This is another option that’s much more affordable than some of the other programs above.

Related Opportunities

Between The Lines creative writing program

The University of Iowa’s Between the Lines creative writing program for teenagers is unique in that its participants include youth from both the US and the Middle East.  This two-week program is a great chance to get to know Arab teenagers in a familiar setting and connect with other cultures via creative writing.

Posted by: Sarah Standish | February 6, 2014

Summer Scholarships from QFI

The Qatar Foundation International is offering summer scholarships for three US-based Arabic programs.  The well-respected programs are a great way for students to maintain or improve their Arabic in the summer, or even get started on Arabic for the first time–students do not need to have any previous knowledge of the language to apply!

Concordia Language Villages’ Al-Waha Arabic Village
Two-week and four-week residential immersion programs in Bemidji, MN. The two-week programs are open to students age 8-18. The two-week programs run from July 21- August 2 and from August 4-16. The four-week program is open to high school students and offers high school credit. The four-week program runs from July 21- August 16. QFI funding will provide 35 need-based student scholarships. For more information and the scholarship application, please visit:
Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2014
 
Middlebury Monterey Language Academy
Four-week residential immersion program for high school students in Monterey, CA from June 22- July 17. QFI funding will provide 20 need-based student scholarships. For more information and the scholarship application, please visit:
Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2014
 
California State University San Bernardino
Seven-week residential or day immersion program for high school students in San Bernardino, CA from June 18- August 7. This program awards college credit to students, and students have the opportunity to continue study throughout the year for college credit. QFI funding will provide 15 student scholarships. For more information, please visit: 
The scholarship application is not currently posted, but should be available in the next few weeks.
 
For more information, or to apply to any of these programs, please contact the programs directly. QFI does not manage the scholarship application or selection process for these summer study grants.
Posted by: Sarah Standish | January 31, 2014

Extra Credit Events for February

Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content beforehand.  All information is from the website/newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless state otherwise.

24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films

This festival of free films presents a variety of feature and documentary films from the African continent. The majority of films were made by African directors. The films celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for change and a more hopeful future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social.  All screenings are free. For more information, click here.  This year, the festival includes two North African films:

Book reading and author talk: The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

When: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Where: Powell’s City of Books on Burnside 1005 W Burnside

In The Golem and the Jinni (Harper Perennial), a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction, and magical fable into an inventive and unforgettable tale. For more information, click here.

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the Present

When: Tuesday, February 4 – April 27, 2014, Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm

Where: Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

Qalam, Arabic Calligraphy from the Middle Ages to the present is an exhibition of historical Arabic calligraphy and related material that offers an immersive glance into one of the world’s most poetic and spiritual art forms. At the center of the exhibition is a group of rare works on loan to the Cooley from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and a diverse array of manuscript folios from the collection of Reed alumnus Steven Herold ’63.  For more information, click here.

1st Annual Palestine Film Festival

When: Tuesday, February 4 – February 25

Where: 6:30 pm Smith Memorial Student Union

Film screenings in the series as follows:

  • February 4: Occupation 101, room 296/8
  • February 11: Five Broken Cameras, room 238
  • February 18: Israel vs Israel, room 238
  • February 25: Where Should the Birds Fly, room 296/8

An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Where: Powell’s City of Books on Burnside 1005 W Burnside

One of the Middle East’s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati, with An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press), an enchanting story of a book-loving, obsessive, 72-year-old “unnecessary” woman. Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s “unnecessary appendage.” In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, the prodigiously gifted Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman’s life in the Middle East. For more information, click here.

The Shahs of Comedy Tour

When: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1875 SW Broadway

Special Pre-Valentines’s Day Comedy Show featuring: Peter the Persian, Eman Morgan, Melissa Shohani, Josh Nasar, and Raj Sharma. Presented by the PSU Arab Persian Student Union.  For more information, click here.

Arabic Scriptorium

When: Every Wednesday, beginning February 12, from 6:00-8:30 pm

Where: Reed Psychology Building room 102–103

Free, materials provided, no prior calligraphy experience necessary  Arabic Scriptorium is organized by the Calligraphy Initiative in Honor of Lloyd J. Reynolds, a program of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Founded in 2012, the Calligraphy Initiative is introducing a new generation of Reed students and community members to the study and practice of calligraphy and paleography. The Calligraphy Initiative is coordinated by Gregory MacNaughton ’89. For more information, please contact MacNaughton at macnaugg[at]reed.edu or  503.517.7677.

Portland International Film Festival:

Arab films screening in this year’s festival include the following.  NB: These films are not free and tickets should be purchased in advance to give you the best chance of actually getting in to see the show.

  • Cairo Drive (Egypt):  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater); Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
  • A World Not Ours (Lebanon): Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater); Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
  • Horses of God (Morocco): Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters)) Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
  • Omar (Palestine): Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium); Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
Posted by: Sarah Standish | January 31, 2014

حسن ومرقص

Students in IB ARabic 7-8 are watching the movie حسن ومرقص as part of their unit on religious minorities in the Arab world:

Posted by: Sarah Standish | January 13, 2014

Extra Credit Events for the Month of January

There is one extra credit event for January. Students can receive extra credit in accordance with the extra credit guidelines. Please note that due to the one-time nature of these events, I am unable to screen events for content beforehand.

Do (Muslim) Girls Really Need Saving? Taking the Rock Camp Model of Girls’ Empowerment to Bahrain

A play on the title of Lila Abu-Lughod’s important 2002 essay, ‘Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?’, this talk explores questions that emerged when colleagues from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland traveled to Bahrain in August, 2013. Invited by the U.S. Embassy to do cultural outreach, they put on a modified version of the girls’ empowerment camp founded in Portland, Oregon. The project included a component of cross-cultural zine-making and video exchange with a group of girls in Portland.

This collaborative discussion will outline the socio-political context for girls’ empowerment programs in the Gulf, the particular situation in Bahrain, and how a program with a western-style girls’ empowerment message was modified and adapted by the organizers and the girls themselves over the course of the camp. Featuring film clips, photographs and images created by the girls, this presentation explores one site of radical differences and unlikely similarities, contextualizing larger theoretical issues of transnational girlhood and girl-lead social change. The talk is designed to engage the audience in discussion, and provides plenty of openings for questions and answers.

When: Thursday, January 23rd, 2013, 7:00 pm

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236, 1825 SW Broadway

 

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