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Date: March 17, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April
Month-Long Event to Feature Food, Talks, Exhibits, Film, Music

Montgomery College will host a series of special events to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April. The College’s month-long celebration is designed to encourage discussion and learning, and highlight the diverse cultural traditions of the world’s 22 Arab countries. Each of these events is open to the public.

The complete schedule of events is:

Wednesday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
“A Taste of Egypt,” a talk by food writer Amy Riolo
Riolo is putting the finishing touches on her book “A Taste of Egypt: 7,000 Years of History and Three World Religions at the Heart of One Culture,” which weaves literature, photography, history and culture with recipes.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Campus Center
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Thursday, April 6, at 1 p.m.
“Astrolabes in Islam,” a talk by Dr. Harold Williams
The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the sun and stars. Dr. Williams is the director of the Montgomery College Planetarium.
Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Planetarium, Science South Building
7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.

Friday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m.
“TheatreCafe,” a Middle Eastern Dinner followed by a Film Screening
Cost: $15 for dinner; Free for the screening of the Arabic film “Terrorism and the Kebab” Advance reservations are required for dinner because seating is limited. For information, contact Professor Gail Forman at 301-251-7443 or gail.forman@montgomerycollege.edu.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Dinner: Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Campus Center
Screening: Technical Center Room 136
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Wednesday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Bombers, Bellydancers, Billionaires: The Portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in American Popular Culture,” a discussion with Zeina Azzam Seikaly and Nader Ayish
Seikaly has worked as an outreach coordinator at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University since 1994. Ayish has taught middle school for 16 years and holds a Ph.D. in Multicultural and Multilingual Education.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Campus Center
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Tuesday, April 18, at 2 p.m.
“Women in the Arab World,” a talk by Afaf Mahfouz
Mahfouz is past president of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the UN and current chair of the Committee of the UN International Psychoanalytical Association.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Technical Center Room 136
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Tuesday, April 25, from noon to 2 p.m.
“When Words Sing…,” a look at Arabic calligraphy and the music of Arabia with Mohamed Zakariya and Seifed-Din Shehadeh Abdoun
Zakariya is an Islamic calligrapher and artist who designed the “Eid/Greeting” stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. His work has been shown at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and at the Klutznick National Jewish Museum. Abdoun plays the oud and violin.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Humanities Building, Room 009
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Tuesday, April 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Sudan at the Crossroads,” a discussion about the social and political conditions in Sudan
Dr. Albaqir Mukhtar, a Senior Fellow in the Jennings Randolph Fellows Program, will provide an historical perspective and comment on future prospects for peace. Dr. Linda Bishai of the U.S. Institute of Peace will offer impressions from her recent trip to Sudan. U.S. Institute of Peace Senior Program Officer David Smith will discuss the USIP and its relationship to community colleges.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Technical Center Room 136
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Wednesday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.
“Edward Said and ‘Orientalism,’” a film screening and discussion about writer Edward Said and his book “Orientalism,” led by Dr. Aram Hessami
Dr. Hessami is a professor of political science at Montgomery College-Rockville.
Montgomery College-Rockville
Science West Room 105
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m.
“Astrolabes in Islam,” a talk by Dr. Harold Williams
The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the sun and stars. Dr. Williams is the director of the Montgomery College Planetarium.
Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Planetarium, Science South Building
7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.

For more information about the events, contact Enas Elhanafi at 301-738-1759 or email her at enas.elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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