Posted by: Sarah Standish | November 6, 2012

Extra credit events for November

Arabic students can earn extra credit by attending extra-credit events and writing a short reflection in English based on the extra-credit guidelines.

Due to the one-time nature of these events, I am unable to screen them ahead of time for content.

All information is from the website of the PSU Middle Eastern Studies Center:

Conventional Wisdoms of the Arab Spring: Algerian and Tunisian Exceptionalism?

Before January 14, 2011, conventional wisdom underscored the stability of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, and the inherent weaknesses of the post-conflict Algerian regime. Few would have ever anticipated that events ‘triggering’ the ‘Arab Spring’ would have come from Tunisia, and fewer still would have thought Algeria would whether the subsequent storm…

This event is free & open to the public. For more information, please click here.

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – 7:00pm

Where: Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union, room 298, 1825 SW Broadway

Islam, Mary, and Jesus. A talk by Professor Koca

We are pleased to invite you to the talk titled “Islam, Jesus and Mary” given by Professor Ozgur Koca of Claremont School of Theology. The talk will focus on Islamic understanding of Jesus and Mary. Prof. Koca will, first, give brief information about Islamic prophetology and, then, elaborate on the Qur’anic depiction of Jesus and Mary and centrality of these towering figures in Muslim tradition, especially in ascetic and mystical literature. The event is free of charge and open to public. However, registration is required. Please feel free to forward this invitation. To register, click here.
For more information please contact

When: Friday November 16, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Rosegarden Turkish American Culture Center 1426 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland

Repeating events:

Portland Arabic Language Group

Have you ever been curious about the Arabic language and Arabic culture? Did you learn some Arabic on a vacation to Egypt or take a class in college and haven’t used it in years? Come join the Portland Arabic Language Group to practice the language. The group is open to anyone regardless of their level of fluency – from the curious, to the beginner, to the native speaker. For more information visit, or send an email to

When: Every Sunday, 11:00 am

Where: Park Avenue Cafe at SW Market & Park, Portland


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