Posted by: Sarah Standish | October 1, 2012

Extra Credit Events in October

Arabic students can receive extra credit for attending outside events and writing a reflection in accordance with the extra credit guidelines (link above).  Please note that due to the nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content ahead of time.

All event descriptions are from the website of the PSU Middle East Studies Center.

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Gulf Cities: From Pearls to FIFA: A Narrative of Doha’s Budding Architecture & Urbanism
Event description: “Critical observation of Gulf cities’ development in the last decade reveals a number of architectural and urban paradigms. Through an elaborate attempt to construct a new contemporary identity within a knowledge-based approach to urban development, Doha emerges as a new architectural and urban utopia. A critical reading of this model suggests a number of architectural and urban challenges. This presentation will trace the change from resource and industrial economies to a creative and knowledge-based economy, a transformation which has been seen as inevitable change for Gulf cities in a rapidly approaching post-carbon world.”
When: Monday, October 8, 7:00 pm
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway
Al Andalus Ensemble “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq” Concert
Event description: “The Al-Andalus Ensemble “Faces of Love: Ahava, Agape, Ishq” performance celebrates love in its many forms and across many traditions and stands as a premiere bridge between the worlds’ music cultures, bridging East and West as well as Classical and World music genre, including Andalusian and flamenco dance.
The evening is a timely and emotive musical celebration of “love,” that universal language which overrides cultural and linguistic divisions. Audiences can expect a program with rich and unusual instrumentation (oud, cello, ney, flamenco guitar, darbuka), songs sung in many languages including Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Arabic, Spanish, stirring renditions of American Spirituals all punctuated by classical Andalusian and flamenco dance to create a “unique and deeply moving concert experience.” The event promises to meld the past with the present in what has been hailed as “a new musical language that unites the East & West” (Aramco World Magazine).”
When: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm
Where: The Chapel, Reed College, Eliot Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland
Cost: $20.00 general admission; $10.00 students, green card holders (with ID). To purchase tickets, go to
Film Screening: Words of Witness
Event description: “Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts, and Facebook posts. Every time Heba heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Her coming of age, political awakening, and the disillusionment that follows mirror that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity, and democracy. Heba’s words bear witness to the heady optimism of a country on a path to self-determination and the celebration of a cultural shift where a younger generation inspired a country to “lead themselves.” “
When: Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Where: Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
Cost: $10.00 adult, $9.00 student. To purchase tickets, go to
Memoirs of a Mujaheed & Thoughts on Algeria Today, a Panel Discussion
Event description: “Hamou Amirouche discusses his recently published memoirs, entitled Akfadou: Un An Avec le Colonel Amirouche, and his career as a freedom fighter for Algerian independence from France (1954-62). The book is an indictment of the French occupation of Algeria and the injustices of colonial rule, as they were experienced by a young man who became a mujaheed at the age of 18. But Amirouche’s book is also an indictment of those who subsequently confiscated the Revolution to lead a corrupt and undemocratic Algerian state. It provides an important rethinking of Algeria’s ongoing political violence–an Islamist-led revolt begun in 1992, or the ‘new Algerian war.’ The book’s nuanced and frank commentary has prompted a sharp debate in Algeria and beyond on the legacies of the Revolution.Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Nabil Boudraa, Oregon State University Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, will join Amirouche to share their thoughts on contemporary Algerian politics.”
When: Thursday, October 25 7:00pm
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

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