2011-2012 Arabesque Lecture Series Recap

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 22, 2012 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has concluded its first annual set of the 2011-2012 Arabesque Lecture Series. This season’s Arabesque series featured monthly lectures and panel discussions covering a rich and diverse selection of topics including politics, civil rights, Arab and Arab American culture and community affairs. This series was inaugurated on October 5, 2011 with a discussion entitled “Arab Uprisings: Our Community’s Role.” The 2011 portion of the lecture series covered two timely and important topics -- “Arab Women: Asserting their Rights, Deciding their Future,” and “Egypt: Behind the Revolution.”

The 2012 year was kicked off in January with “A Look at the 2012 United States Elections.” The remaining lectures in the series from February to April covered the following issues: “The Arab-American and African-American Communities- Converting Political Crossroads Into Lasting Coalition,” “NYPD: The Community Under a Microscope,” and “Culinary Legacy of the Arab World featuring Amy Riolo.” The 2011-2012 Arabesque Lecture Series concluded on May 7, 2012 with a panel commemorating the Nakba entitled “Witness to Atrocities: Let’s Not Forget—The Vulnerability of Palestinian Refugees.”

This season's Arabesque series featured distinguished guest speakers and panelists from across the country and covered a wide range of key topics both interesting and informative. Lectures were free for ADC members and a small fee was charged for non-member attendees. The lecture series drew in many individuals from both within and outside of the community, and were streamed live for those who do not live in the DC metro area. Each event was unique and elicited robust conversation about the topic at hand.

ADC will continue the series throughout 2012-2013, with the first lecture to take place in September.

ADC thanks all those panelists, speakers, and attendees that helped to make this year’s Arabesque Lecture Series such a great success. We encourage you to attend the second Arabesque Lecture Series in the fall!

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