Montgomery College to Commemorate Arab American Heritage Month in April Kick-off Event Wednesday, April 7 Features Dalia Mogahed, Member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Beginning on April 7, Montgomery College will host a series of special events to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month with the theme of “Let’s Give Peace a Chance: Making a Change for a Better World.” The commemoration is designed to encourage discussion and learning, and highlight the diverse cultural traditions of the world’s 22 Arab countries. The events are free and open to the public.

The kick-off event is a discussion titled “Giving Peace a Voice: Enriching Minds, Engaging Hearts, Transforming Communities” and features Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and a member of President Obama’s advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The keynote speaker is Congresswoman Donna Edwards. The event will take place Wednesday, April 7 at noon in the College’s Theater Arts Arena, located in the Theatre Arts Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. A jazz performance by Arab American Lena Seikaly and a reception will follow.

  • April 9, Film: “Meeting Resistance,” 11 a.m., Resource Center, Room 204, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The film looks at Baghdad’s resistance and through the narratives of eight active “insurgents.” The film tells about their lives, motivation and goals, in their words.
  • April 19, Discussion: “The Psychology of Prejudice: Anti-Arab Attitudes” Noon–1:15 p.m., Humanities Building, Room 116, Rockville Campus.
  • April 21, Film: “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” a film by Alex Kronemer from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Technical Center, Room 136, Rockville Campus. This new documentary explores the results of Gallup’s first-of-its-kind opinion poll on the entire Muslim world.
  • April 22, Discussion: “Stereotypes: Heartening Awareness and Transforming Attitude in a Diverse Community,” from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Commons Building, Room 114, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • April 26, Film: “Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives,” from 1–3 p.m., The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Room 101, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • April 27, Film: “Sour Milk and Honey,” a film by Tarek Maassarani, from 2–3:30 p.m., Humanities and Social Sciences Building (Library Reference Room), Room 107, Germantown Campus. The film follows a stranger to the Middle East—a young man of both Jewish and Muslim descent—on a quest to discover more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • April 27, Discussion: “The Role of Family in the Middle East: The Qatar Experience” 6:30–8:30 p.m., Campus Center (Faculty and Staff Dining Room), Rockville Campus.
  • April 28, Discussion: “The Cultural Roots of Belly Dance,” from noon–1:15 p.m., Humanities Building, Room 116, Rockville Campus.
  • April 29, Discussion: “The Gathering: Encounter Point,” from 6:30–9:30 p.m., Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville Campus. Would you seek revenge? Or struggle for peace? “Encounter Point” is a true story about everyday people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For a complete list of activities and events celebrating Arab American Heritage Month at the College, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/AAHM/events. For information about more Arab American Heritage Month events at Montgomery College, contact Enas Elhanafi at 240-567-1759 or e-mail enas.elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu. For maps and directions to Montgomery College’s campuses, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.

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