Arab Festival 2015 Lecture Edition
Check out the engaging & informative lectures offered at the 2015 Arab Festival!
Doing Business in the Middle East with Ali Shami:
How much time, money, and effort do you think business leaders have wasted trying to succeed in doing business in the Middle East? If you are interested in learning short cuts, tips, and proven methods to build a strong foundation for a successful business in Middle East countries, then you will find this discussion worth every minute. Ali Shami, a native Middle Eastern has invested over 20 years in International Business, traveled internationally supporting customers, and worked in three countries representing major US companies.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 11 am – 12 pm
The Nutritious and Delicious Mediterranean Diet with Evette Hackman:
Even if you know a lot about the Mediterranean diet, you will enjoy this class. We will discuss and demonstrate the great features of typical dishes such as stuffed vegetables, pita bread, olives, herbs, yogurt, grape leaves, falafel, pomegranate, lentils and rice, hummus, eggplant dip, and spinach pies. We will have samples for tasting. Evette Hackman, PhD, has worked for 40 years as a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She is a professor emerita from Seattle Pacific University, a sports nutritionist, public health nutritionist, former nutrition editor of SHAPE magazine, author and consultant.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
What Stays the Same is Never So – A Presentation and Conversation with Visual Artist Mary Ann Peters
In 2014, Mary Ann Peters received a grant from the Art Matters Foundation (NYC) to research the migration out of Greater Syria at the turn of the 20th through Europe and into the Americas, particularly Mexico. She did her research at the l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and various archives in Mexico City, including the ArchivoLibanes. She compared the information to the approach of citizen journalists recording events in the Middle East today.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Travel to the Arab World with Rita Zawaideh
Come listen to award winner Rita Zawaideh, owner of Caravan-Serai Tours and voted Globalist of the Year twice in Seattle, talk about traveling to these magical, mystical countries. Caravan-Serai Tours creates tours that reflect the spirit of the travelers from long ago who looked forward to the hospitality and the opportunity to learn from their North African and Middle East destinations. Caravan-Serai Tours staff have lived, worked, and traveled throughout the Arab world, and are proud of their heritage.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
The Disappearing Hammam with Amal Sedky
Winter This presentation (with lots of visual images) focuses on the disappearing Hammams—bath houses—in Cairo and their important community functions. Amal will also be happy to comment on her life in Egypt in the past tumultuous years. Amal Sedky Winter is an Egyptian-American clinical psychologist, educator, and long time Arab- American activist. She has worked for women’s empowerment projects in several Arab countries and recently returned to Seattle after serving as a Visiting Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo for seven years.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday 4 pm – 5 pm
Storytelling with Afifi Durr
Afifi Durr, a former ACW Board member, and a member of Seattle Storytelling Guild.org, will share her stories about Middle Eastern food and culture. She wants to encourage the local Arab community to tell their own stories. Storytellers will have five to eight minutes. Afifi will brief storytellers to assist in preparing or telling stories. Both listeners and aspiring storytellers are welcome. Let us all create our old-fashioned and traditional storytelling of the “Hakawati” in the Middle East. All are welcome! Ahlan Wa’sahlan!
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Saturday and Sunday 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Oasis of Resilience, Healing and Empowering Syrian Children in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan with Malda Takieddine
In this lecture, Malda Takieddine will present the challenges that children in war-torn regions face and how they are impacted. She will present some case studies of methods used in Europe after World War II to help children cope from these changes. Malda will define resilience and will explore how can we build resiliency in children to let them cope with their traumas and prepare them to move forward. Malda’s method is to use landscape to bring people together and strengthen children’s confidence. Malda holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, College of Built Environments. You can read more about her work here.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 11:30 pm – 12:00 pm
A World of Henna with Kree Arvanitas
Come see a powerpoint presentation on the global expansion of beautiful henna body art, displaying some of the popular styles around the world. The influence of henna on fine art will also be touched upon, with a focus on Arab artists. If we have time, I will also do a demonstration of henna application. Kree Arvanitas is the owner of HennaDervish and RebelDog Studio. Her paintings are shown in galleries in the Northwest and her body art has been published in numerous venues, including a NY Times best selling book cover. She has a master henna artist certificate from the renowned Ash Kumar Academy and especially enjoys working on joint media projects with other creative souls.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Introduction to Arab Music and Songs with Reham Elkhayat
Reham will introduce the main instruments used in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will follow the developments of the Arab music till present time. You will be introduced to some of the prominent song genres and artists throughout the region. Reham Elkhayat is the owner of Hannah Cultural Solutions in Seattle. Reham is multilingual and has years of teaching and training experience in the U.S. and abroad. Reham currently teaches language and culture at colleges in Seattle and Edmonds, where she also hosts events on diversity, minority groups, gender and human rights in the Middle East.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Arab Authors Book Club Panel
The Arab Authors Book Club meets every other month to discuss North African and Middle Eastern literature. These books range from the classics to contemporary and encompass a wide range of social issues that deal with Arab society. Come hear them discuss their favorite books and recommendations for your reading enjoyment.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Figs, Loquats and Grapes with Bill Farhat
Come hear Seattle’s very own “Fig King” Bill Farhat, talk about how to cultivate fig trees, loquats and grapes here in the Pacific Northwest. Bring your questions about these fabulous fruits from the Arab World. Bill Farhat, is a retired Arabic professor who’s been growing figs in his backyard in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood for decades.
✎ 3rd Floor Conference Rooms, Sunday 4 pm – 5 pm
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