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Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.22.10] Middle East Scholar

This spring, the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies is hosting a three-part lecture series by visiting scholar Rami Khouri. A Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen, Khouri served as the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and received the Pax Christi International Peace Prize in 2006.

The series opened on March 10 with the presentation of "On-the-Job Training in the Turbulent Middle East: Assessing Obama's First Year," which explored U.S. military and diplomatic policy, power balances within countries and relations between Arab and non-Arab Middle Eastern states.

"The main theme of the lecture series is about the multi-faceted, inter-connected and complex nature of the region," says Donald Button, administrator for the Fares Center, "as opposed to the simplistic, one-dimensional picture of the Middle East that is often presented in mainstream American media and public discussion."

Open to Tufts students and the general public, the final two lectures, "Mosques, Malls and Monarchs" and "The Palestinian Exile and the Babylonian Exile," will take place on Apr. 14 and Apr. 21.

Culture Shows

In a celebration of South Asian and Latino cultures, Tufts Association of South Asians (TASA) and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) each hosted performances with the intention of highlighting the complexity of their respective cultures to the Tufts community.

On Feb. 26-27, the TASA's "Ek Jhalak," meaning "one glimpse," looked at the music and dance of South Asia. With performances ranging from classical dance to Bollywood, Tufts Bhangra, Tufts Garba and Tufts Fusion teams presented alongside beginning bhangra dancers.

"I hope that the Tufts community got a real taste of South Asian culture," says TASA public relations director Kiran Lokhande. "I think it's important for everyone to have fun and truly appreciate the diversity on campus."

ALAS presented their annual show, entitled "Se Habla Espańol," on Mar. 6. The show featured dance pieces by La Salsa and the Harvard Ballet group Folklórico de Aztlán, a presentation of a novela (soap opera) and the screening of a documentary by Roberto Arevalo, founder of Beyond Documentary.

"We are hoping that people can see the different cultures that exist within the Latino community and that we are more complicated than some might think," says ALAS Secretary Vanessa Salazar.

By Kelsey Anderson, (A'11)

 

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