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Date: March 23, 2009
Media Contact: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College to Commemorate Arab American Heritage Month in April
Kick-off Event Thursday, April 2 Features Kareem W. Shora, Executive Director of the American-Arab Discrimination Committee

Beginning in April, Montgomery College will host a series of special events to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month with the theme of "Knowledge: Building Bridges of Understanding Across Diverse Cultures." The College’s month-long commemoration is designed to encourage discussion and learning, and highlight the diverse cultural traditions of the world’s 22 Arab countries. These events are free and open to the public.

Highlights of the College's Arab American Heritage Month events include: 

  • Thursday, April 2
    Rockville Campus
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

    12:30 p.m. - Identity in a Diverse Community
    This discussion and reception kicks off Arab American Heritage Month at Montgomery College. The guest speaker is Kareem W. Shora, JD, LLM, the national executive director for the American-Arab Discrimination Committee (ADC). The event features music by a Montgomery College guitar trio.

    2 – 3 p.m. - “Student Colloquium”
    Featuring Guest Speaker Bruce Adams from Montgomery County Executive’s Office
    This event features students presenting work they have done for classes and co-curricular activities that are related to Arab and Arab American issues. The guest speaker is Bruce Adams, director of the Office of Community Partnerships in the Office of Montgomery County Executive.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 1 – 3 p.m. - Knowing Others/Teaching Ourselves: Filming Self-Expression of American Muslims and Ourselves
    Germantown Campus
    High Technology and Science Center, Globe Hall
    20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md.
    Screening of “A Land Called Paradise,” the 2008 grand-prize winner in the One Nation Film Contest. This is the first of three Community Dialogue Series discussions facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.

  • Thursday, April 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Film Screening and Discussion of "Knowledge is the Beginning," a film by Paul Smaczny and the Barenboim-Said Foundation.
    Rockville Campus
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

    The screening will be followed by a talk by Mariam Said, vice president of the Barenboim-Said Foundation and widow of world-renowned scholar and fouding figure in post-colonial theory, Edward Said. There will be a performance by the World Music Ensemble, as well. Please visit http://www.knowledge-is-the-beginning.com.

  • Monday, April 20, 2 – 4  p.m. - Sides Splitting and Stereotypes: Using Comedy to Combat Bias
    Rockville Campus
    Campus Center Building, Students Activity Center, Room 015
    Screening of the film “Allah Made Me Funny.” This is the second Community Dialogue Series discussion facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.

  • Thursday, April 24, 7– 8 p.m. - Dramatic Performance: "I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You."
    Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
    Student Services Atrium
    7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, Md.
    Direct fromt the NYC Fringe Festival, a tragicomic solo show written and performed by Jennifer Jajeh. The culture and clashing adventures of a young Palestinian American woman as she returns to Palestine for a visit. Please see http://ihearthamas.com/.

  • Wednesday, April  29, 12:30 – 3 p.m. - Learning to Know the Other: Hopes and Fears
    Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
    Health Sciences Center, Room 201 
    7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring Md.
    Screening of the film “Promises.” This is the final Community Dialogue Series discussion facilitated by Dr. Barbara Petzen, educational director of the Middle East Policy Council.

  • Monday, April 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m. - Dramatic Performance: A Land Twice Promised
    Rockville Campus
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
    “A Land Twice Promised” will be performed by Storyteller Noa Baum an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States. This performance is intended for adults and children ages 12 and over.

For information about many more Arab American Heritage Month events at Montgomery College, contact Enas Elhanafi, program coordinator, at 240-567-1759 or e-mail her at enas.elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu or click this link to download our flyer (pdf).  For maps and directions to Montgomery College’s campuses, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.

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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 nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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