Posted by: Sarah Standish | February 2, 2012

Extra credit events in February

Besides the Portland International Film Festival, there are many other events coming up that provide an opportunity to learn more about the Arab world. You can receive extra credit for attending an event and writing about it in conjunction with the extra-credit guidelines.

All information below is from the official event descriptions.

Scheherazade, Tell Me A Story

This 2009 Egyptian film set in modern-day Cairo centers on a popular talk-show host named Hebba. When pressured by her husband to tone down government criticism in her show, she turns her show’s attention to the lives of ordinary women. The results are not at all what her husband or his bosses expected. Q&A to follow the screening.  For more information, click here.

When: Friday, February 3, 7 pm
Where: Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd

The Iraqi Refugee Experience

This talk, given by Dr. Baher Butti and moderated by Dr. Yasmeen Hanoosh, will focus on displacement and the psychological and socioeconomic conditions that influence the transition of Iraqi refugees in Portland.

When: Thursday, February 9, 7 pm
Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Cascade Room (236), 1825 SW Broadway

Matt Ruff: The Mirage

Author Matt Ruff’s discusses his latest thriller, The Mirage, which imagines a scenario in which the United Arab States declare a War on Terror after American Christian fundamentalists hijack four planes and crash them into the World Trade Towers in Baghdad.

When: Sunday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Portland

Youth in the Arab World:  The Reality of Change

Ahmed Younis, Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, has ready access to a vast inventory of statistics that document trends and opinions of young people across the Middle East and North Africa. He uses this information to help find solutions to the source of pervasive discontent — crushing unemployment and absence of opportunity.

For more information, click here.

When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 7 p.m.
Where: At the Mercy Corps Action Center

Cost: Tickets are $10 regular; $5 students and are available at Brown Paper tickets, by phone, or in person at the Mercy Corps Action Center.

Modern Art in Iraq: From the Pioneers of the 1930s to the Looting of 2003

Salam Atta Sabri is an artist and the Director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad. Following the looting of 2003, he published a partial list of the artwork missing from the Museum. In addition, he founded a non-governmental organization that works to preserve the history and artworks of the pioneers of modern Iraqi fine arts . For more information, click here.

When: Thursday, February 27, 7 pm
Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway



  1. Hurray! Excited to see Mercy Corps’ Youth in the Arab World event posted here! You can also RSVP on facebook:

    Hope to see lots of Lincoln High students at the lecture!

    Mercy Corps’ Action Center

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