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Montgomery College’s 12th annual Arab American Heritage Month will highlight the diverse cultures of the world’s 22 Arab countries and the Arab American community throughout the month of April.

All events are free and open to the public. Highlights include:

  • A talk by Anouar Majid, founding director of the Center for Global Humanities and vice president for global affairs and communications at the University of New England, on The Lost Language of Arab American Relations. Tuesday, April 5, 2 p.m. Rockville Campus, Theater Arts Arena. Co-sponsored by the Global Humanities Institute.
  • A film screening of He Named Me Malala. Monday, April 4, 6 p.m., Germantown Campus, Globe Hall or Tuesday, April 12, 3:30 p.m., Rockville Campus, Science Center 152.
  • A Sufi Music and Dervish Concert. Sunday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Rockville Campus, Music Building Recital Hall.
  • A talk by Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies on ISIS and the Refugee Crisis. Thursday, April 14, 11 a.m., Rockville Campus, Humanities 127. Co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Community.
  • A workshop, in partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on Contemporary Media and the Middle East. Friday, April 15, 1:15 p.m., Rockville Campus, Science Center Building 152. (Area educators are encouraged to attend.)
  • A lecture by Dr. Amer Ahmed, nationally recognized educator and hip-hop activist, titled Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down. Monday, April 18, 1 p.m., Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Cultural Arts Center Theatre 1.
  • A workshop titled Witness Aleppo by Jason Hamacher, founder of  Lost Origin Productions. Hamacher’s work in Aleppo has been featured on NPR, VOA, CBC, and the BBC World Service. Tuesday, April 19, Rockville Campus, Music Building Rehearsal Hall. Sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • A talk by Thomas W. Lippman, former Middle East bureau chief for the Washington Post, on his recently published book, Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World. Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m., Rockville Campus, Technical Center 136.
  • A film screening of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet with the voices of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Quvenzhané Wallis. Monday, April 25, 2 p.m., Rockville Campus, Humanities 213 or Friday, April 8, 1 p.m., Germantown Campus, Globe Hall.
  • A showcase of student and alumni work on the theme Building a Culture of Respect: Enriching Minds, Engaging Hearts, Creating Global Community. Wednesday, April 27, 1 p.m. Rockville Campus, Physical Education Building, Small Gym

To see a full listing of events, click here. For additional information, contact:


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 130 areas of study.

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