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News Release

Date: March 21, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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

NOTE TO EDITOR: The following press release is a revised schedule of events for Montgomery College’s Arab American Heritage Month. Please use this release for all future publications and disregard the release issued on March 14.

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. Unless specified otherwise, these events are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule of events is:

  • Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.
    “About Baghdad,” film screening
    Exiled Iraqi writer and poet Sinan Antoon returned to his native homeland in 2003 with a team of filmmakers and artists to explore what Iraqis think and feel about Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, the resulting war, and United States occupation. The film shows the diversity of perspectives from hundreds of Iraqi citizens. To learn more about the film, visit
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    “In Their Own Voices: Arabs and Arab Americans,” an all-day workshop
    This College continuing education workshop features two panels of people from Arab nations or of Arab heritage. Panelists will discuss their culture, countries, customs, and languages. Workshop costs $99 (tuition and fees) for in-county residents. Out-of-county residents pay an additional $50. For registration information, contact Laura White at 240-562-5515.
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    South Campus Instructional Building, Room 005
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

  • Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m.
    “Arabs and Terrorism,” film screening and discussion by Dr. Bassam Haddad, film director
    The documentary examines the implicit, and often explicit, connection made between Arabs and terrorism, particularly in the United States. The three-part miniseries includes dozens of interviews with people from around the world. For more information about the film, visit
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Friday, April 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.CANCELED
    “Serving in Iraq 2: A Student Panel Discussion Continued.”
    Montgomery College students who did military service in Iraq will discuss their experiences in the Middle East. This panel will be moderated by John Bornmann, an adjunct professor of anthropology and an Iraqi War veteran, and Dr. Lucy Laufe, professor of anthropology.
    Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring
    Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
    7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.
  • Monday, April 23, 3 p.m.
    "Iraq: Two Years and Two Perspectives," presentation by Bill Putnam, MC student and photojournalist
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Humanities Building, Room 122
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Tuesday, April 24, at 11 a.m.
    “Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade,” a book discussion
    The Montgomery College Book Discussion Group will talk about Assia Djebar’s novel, “Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade,” which tells the story of life in Djebar’s native country of Algeria and the experience of women in the country through the eyes of a young girl.
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Macklin Tower, Room 212
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.
    “Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision”
    Three women—Huda Abu Arqoub, a Muslim Palestinian from Hebron, Palestine; Tal Dor, a Jewish Israeli from Haifa, Israel; and Amal Nassar, a Christian Palestinian from Bethlehem, Palestine—will share their own personal experiences and their hopes for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To learn more about the speakers, visit
    Montgomery College-Rockville
    Theatre Arts Arena
    51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.
  • Arts and Crafts Exhibits - April
    All three Campus Libraries (April 1- 30) and Humanities Building, 1st floor, Rockville Campus (April 16-May 4)

For more information about the events, contact Enas Elhanafi at 301-738-1759 or email her at Click on this link to view the flyer for our Arab American Heritage Month events in April.

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