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Arabic Table

Every Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:00
Erdman Dining Center




2015/16 Events

Date Title & Speaker

Tuesday, November 3


"Sound and Scent in
the Andalusian Garden"

A talk by Dr. Dede Fairchild Ruggles, professor at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall, Music Rm
101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr



Past Events

Date Title & Speaker

Tuesday, September 24


4:30 - 6:00 pm

Falvey Library, Villanova University

"Unveiling the Hidden Beauty of Cairo: Exploring Architectural TreasuresMedieval to Modern"
by Manar Darwish
Manar Darwish

Saturday, October 5

2:00-5:00 pm

Cambrian Row
(Aelwyd, 217/219 Roberts Road)

Bryn Mawr College



Drumming Workshop
by Joe Tayoun

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Events 2012/2013

Date Title & Speaker

Saturday, April 13


5:00-7:00 pm
Stokes 010
Haverford College

Drumming Workshop
by Joe Tayoun


Wednesday, March 20


6:00 pm, Thomas Hall 224

Mohamed Zakariya


Regarded as the preeminent ambassador of the art of Islamic calligraphy in America, Mohamed Zakariya is widely known for his design of the “Eid Greetings” U.S. postage stamps. His work has been featured around the world, including his 2011 solo exhibition “An Eloquent Eye: Recent Works by Mohamed Zakariya” at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.


Wednesday, October 10


7:00 pm
Ely Room

Dunya Mikhail



Events 2011/2012

Date Title & Speaker

Thursday, September 29


4:00 pm in Thomas Hall 224

Roger Allen
Professor of Arabic, University of Pennsylvania


"Writing the History of the Moroccan Novel in Arabic"



**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.**

Roger Allen
October 3


4:30 pm in

Carpenter Library B25

Professor Melanie Michailidis

Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Washington University/St. Louis Art Museum



"Ceramics and Identity in Samanid Nishapur"


**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.


Sponsored by Middle East Studies, Bryn Mawr
Deborah Harrold, Coordinator

Michailides poster


October 24


4:30 pm in

Carpenter Library B21

Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles

Chair, Joint PhD Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


"Islamic Architectural Heritage and Spain's National Identity"


**Reception immediately following lecture in the London Room, Thomas Hall.

Ruggles poster


Events 2010/2011


The Arabic Program invites students to a lecture by Dr. Farha Ghannam from Swarthmore College. The lecture is on September 30 (Thursday) between 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Thomas Hall 224. The event is open to the Tri-College community. Cairo poster

On the Meanings of Rugula: Performing Manhood in Urban Egypt 

Farha Ghannam
Swarthmore College

While Middle Eastern women are often the object of fascination, investigation, and analysis in academia, Middle Eastern men are all too often overlooked. This talk is part of a larger project that seeks to redress that imbalance, by shifting the attention to the largely unmarked gender that rarely is subjected to exploration and problematization. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a low-income neighborhood in Cairo, this lecture explores the shifting meanings of masculinity and analyzes how manhood is embodied, performed, and practiced in everyday life.


Farha Ghannam is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Swarthmore College. She is the president-elect of the Middle East Section, American Anthropological Association.

Her research and teaching focus on globalization/transnationalism; urban ethnography; Identity; gender and the body. She is the author of Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo (University of California press 2002) and the co-editor of Health and Identity in Egypt (American University in Cairo Press 2004). She is currently working on a new book entitled “To Live and Die like a Man: Embodiment and the Construction of Masculinities in Cairo, Egypt.”


Thursday, September 16, 2010

4:30-6:00 p.m. Thomas Hall 224

The Arabic program invites students to its first event: Sara O'Connor and Hilary Polak will be talking about their summer experiences. The event is open to the Tri-College community.

Sara O'Connor spent the summer interning in the United Nations Department of Public Informations' Public Inquiries Unit. In this position she represented the United Nations by supplying their position in the case of questions from the public and the press. While in this post, she simultaneously interned for the United States Federation for Middle East Peace, a Non-governmental organization accredited by the United Nations Department of Public Information. As the only native English speaker in the organization, she edited their publications including press releases, fundraising notices, and letters to conference participants. She will be speaking on both of her experiences, as well as answering questions on how to obtain relevant internships.


Hilary Polak studied abroad for her spring semester in Israel and participated in a 5-month program called the Intensive Arabic Semester. Givat Haviva, an educational institute focusing on the coexistence between Jews and Arabs in the State of Israel, developed this program two years ago. The goal of the program is for the students to have a firm knowledge of colloquial Arabic in the Palestinian dialect as well as a background in literary, classical Arabic. There is also a strong emphasis on Jewish history, Islamic history, Arab media and the study of the Middle East as a region. Hilary lived on kibbutz Barkai and volunteered weekly as an English teacher at the Al-Dahrat school in nearby ‘Ar’ara village. Hilary also had two Arab host families, one in the small village of Meysr and one in ‘Ar’ara. Most of her time outside of class was spent with these families practicing spoken Arabic and participating in traditions like weddings and family gatherings.