Deserts Are Not Empty: Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion marking the publication of a collection of essays entitled Deserts are not Empty.  Panelists will include contributor Brahim El Guabli (in person), and online participants,  Samia Henni (editor), Jill Jarvis (contributor), and Francesco Robles (contributor).  Other presenters attending in person will be respondents Katarzyna Pieprzak and Michele Monserrati.  Refreshments will be served.  ❖ Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 – 2:30pm | Rm 203 Physics and online Continue reading »

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, newly sponsored by the Music Department, explores vocal and instrumental traditions rooted in centuries of musical practice. The group meets weekly to play repertoire that spans a wide geographic, historical, and cultural terrain including folk, classical, and popular styles from around the Middle East. Ensemble members learn maqamat (modes) and iqa’at (rhythms), the musical systems shared among musical traditions of the region. The ensemble is directed by Nicholas Mangialardi and Rami Al-Aassar. ❖ Thursday, November 17, 7:30 – 9:00pm | Brooks Rogers Recital Hall Continue reading »

Arabic Studies Preregistration and Wohabe Fellowships Presentation

Please join the Arabic Studies Dept for our fall semester pre-registration event. Enjoy a tasty buffet lunch on us.  Ask questions about spring courses and about the major.  Learn more about Wohabe Fellowships 2022-23 and hear from Williams students who received the Wohabe fellowships for study abroad during the summer of 2022. ❖ Wednesday, October 26⋅12:15 – 1:00pm | The Sunporch at Faculty House Continue reading »

Arabic Wedding Night

Arabic Wedding

Discover one of the most festive events in Arab cultures. We'll take you through the intricate proceedings of an Arabic wedding celebration. As a guest, you'll get your own henna tattoo as you taste some Arabic food and hear and dance to some Arabic music. *If you have any dietary needs, please let us know ([email protected]) and we will do our best to accommodate* ❖ Wednesday, October 19⋅5:00 – 7:00pm | Goodrich Hall Continue reading »

Notes from the Archive: On Documenting Solidarity

A virtual panel discussion hosted by Professor Amal Eqeiq.  The three panelists include Susan Eisenberg (poet, oral historian, curator of the exhibit On Equal Terms and resident scholar at Brandeis University) Jen Marlowe (Filmmaker, writer and activist and founder of Donkeysaddle Projects), and Isis Nusair (Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Denison College, translator and transnational feminist activist.) ❖ May 11 at 7:00 pm | Zoom Lnk Continue reading »

Arabic Movie: Excuse My French

In this Egyptian comedy film, we follow the story of a Christian who is sent to a public school after his father's death and being mistaken for a muslim. ❖ Thursday, April 28 at 5:00pm | Hollander 241 Continue reading »

Arabic Movie: Kafarnaum (Capernaum)

This Lebanese film tackles a controversial topic. In the film, we follow the story of a poor young boy who sues his parents in court for the crime of bringing him into the world. ❖ Thursday, April 7th @5.30pm-7pm | Hollander 241 Continue reading »

Dance and Dabke

Dabke Dancers

Join us to learn some belly dancing and Dabke. Belly dancing (Raks Charki)'s history crosses many cultural boundaries, getting its start in the Middle East and Africa, and moving on to evolve in western cultures as both a form of cultural dance and exotic entertainment. Dabke is an Arabic folk dance which originated in the mountains of the Levantine region. This region in the Middle East includes the countries of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Dabke is a dance that has been passed down over time and still resonates with many people all over the world. ❖ March 10 @5.30-6.30pm | Hollander 241 Continue reading »

Arabic Movie: Adam

Adam is a Moroccan film based on a true story. It focuses on Samia, a young unwed pregnant mother who goes looking for work and is taken in by a widowed baker, Abla. ❖  Thursday, February 24th @5.30pm-7pm | Hollander 241 Continue reading »

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