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Nov
20
Community College of Philadelphia Anna Viden Since the late 1940s the United States maintains a complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia. Our country’s economic and strategic interests are intertwined with those of Saudi Arabia. Due to this Saudi Arabia often is in the news and on social media. Consequently, Americans collectively have formed certain perceptions about the country and its political and economic policies and cultural facets. However, mainstream media and to some extent, social media often only present the voices of the political elite. Rarely do we get to hear the views of ordinary Saudi citizens.  Dr. Viden will fill these gaps in her lecture and help us look at Saudi Arabia from a different angle.       
1:45pm
Community College of Philadelphia, Room S2-3
Dec
5
Kaley Keener, Lecturer in Arabic, University of Pennsylvania The Arabo-Islamic empire is known for its many contributions to diverse fields such as philosophy, medicine, literature, and the sciences, yet the role that women played in these fields, as well as their agency in the greater medieval context, remains largely underrepresented and under-researched. By drawing on three roles occupied by Arabo-Islamic women: The Warrior, the Princess, and the Mystic, Kaley Keener will highlight the ways in which women participated in society throughout the medieval period, bearing broader implications for the role of the modern Arabo-Islamic woman.
6:30pm
Camden County College, College Drive, Blackwood NJ,08012-0200
Dec
13
Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher Thea Abu El-Haj, Asma Alkadi, Dahlia El Zein, Christine Nasserghodsi, Gareth Smail The Middle East Center invites you to Education in the Arab World: Challenges Past, Present & Future. In this conversation, moderated by the Penn Graduate School of Education's Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, a panel of experts will be discussing history, contemporary challenges, and future directions of education throughout the Arab World.
12:00pm
ARCH 108