Posted by: Sarah Standish | September 4, 2013

Extra credit events for September

Students can earn extra credit for attending a cultural event outside of class and writing about it in accordance with the extra credit guidelines (see tab at the top of the page).

NB: Due to the one-time nature of these events, I cannot screen them for content ahead of time.

Information is from the newsletter of the PSU Middle East Studies Center unless otherwise specified.

A Day in the Life: A is for Arab Exhibition

Powerful, accessible and compelling, A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture, which features images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, reveals and critiques stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. Providing historical context about these images which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons, this traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.

When: Monday, September 9, 2013 – 10:00am to Sunday, September 22, 2013 – 5:00pm

  • Monday, September 9 – Sunday, September 15, Multnomah County Library Central Library, Collins Gallery, 810 SW 10th Avenue
  • Monday, September 16 – Sunday, September 22, East Hall, 1st floor, Portland State University, 632 SW Hall Street

A Day in the Life: Reel Bad Arabs Film Screening

Against the chaotic backdrop of ongoing war and conflict in the Middle East and rising fears of terrorism in the West, the makers of the critically-acclaimed documentaries Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land and Edward Said: On Orientalism have produced a powerful and important new film based on Jack Shaheen’s bestselling book, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People.

Reel Bad Arabs takes a devastating tour of the American cinematic landscape, moving from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters to reveal an astonishing pattern of slanderous Arab stereotyping. The documentary isolates and examines America’s most persistent Arab caricatures, from oversexed Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and blood-thirsty terrorists, providing striking insights into the origin of these images, their disturbing similarities to anti-Semitic and other racist and ethnocentrist stereotypes, and their resurgence and political resonance during key moments of crisis in U.S. history.

By inspiring us to reflect critically on the social and political consequences of Hollywood’s long love affair with Arab villainy and buffoonery, Reel Bad Arabs challenges us in the end to envision counter-narratives that do justice to the complexity and humanity of Arab people, and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013 – 2:00pm
Where: Multnomah County Library Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 810 SW 10th Avenue
Tuesday, September 17, at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union room 236,1825 SW Broadway

St. George 36th Annual Middle Eastern Festival

In this annual festival, St. George members celebrate their community’s unique heritage and to share fun, food, and excitement with their neighbors. The festival features booths with a la carte dishes such as succulent barbecued chicken kebabs, delicious gyros, spicy falafel, spinach and meat pies (and other finger foods), salad, wonderful Arabic sweets, and coffee. Seating will be available both outside and inside.  Entertainment will include Middle East folk dancing, music, and a Children’s Tent with games and activities for the young ones, including a bouncy house. Icons, jewelry, books and CDs, as well as wonderful baked goods will be offered for sale inside the parish hall. A silent auction will offer many donated items at unbelievably low prices.

Cappella Romana will give two free mini-concerts during the afternoon in the church. The concerts will take place at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. For more information on Cappella Romana, visit their website at

There is no charge for admission. Tokens for food items will be available at the door.
For more information, call (503) 307-8494.

When: Sunday, September 8, 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: 2101 NE 162nd Ave (just north of Halsey)


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