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Strengthening mutual understanding through Information Sharing

35, Zanqat Oukaimeden Agdal, Rabat Morocco

Tel:  037-67-50-75/81/82 Fax:  037-67-50-74

morocco@amideast.org / www.amideast.org

AMIDEAST is an independent, non-governmental American organization dedicated to strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East.

 

October 3, 2003

 

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Fairs and Festivals

The Association des Amis de l'Institut National d'Oncologie is hosting a "Magic Extravaganza" to raise money for the program supported by the association. Featuring lights, lasers, smoke and water, the show stars Karlos Brawosky who has delighted audiences in Europe and North Africa, crowned and common. He promises a special show for this occasion. The event will take place at the L'Ocean Cultural Center on Sunday, October 5 at 4:00pm.

This is the week the stars make their way to Marrakesh. Join them at the 3rd Marrakesh International Film Festival from October 3rd to 8th. See the program and additional information on the jury and invited celebrities at http://www.maghrebarts.ma/cinema/fifm/main.html

The Institut Français presents the Circo Madrugada from Brazil. Look for trapeze artists, jugglers and clowns to delight the crowds in Rabat
on October 7 and 8 and in Casa October 12 and 13.

At the Movies

The Cultural Center of Agdal will be the venue for the Ibero-American Film Festival sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes. Films every evening starting at 7:30 PM through October 6.

A Musical Night on the Town

The Italian Cultural Institute will sponsor a piano concert featuring Paulo Dirami and Mauro at the Mohammed V Theater in Rabat on October 3rd.

Enjoy the Jugend Jazz Orchestra on October 4 at 8:00PM in the Mehdi Ben Barka Cultural Center in Rabat.

The Camerata Vocalis from the University of Tübingen/Germany, directed by Tobias Hiller, is going to give three concerts of mainly sacred music during a tour in Morocco: Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 at 8.30 PM in the Cathedral of Rabat; Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003 at 8.30 PM in the Notre Dame church in Casablanca and on Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2003 at 8.30 PM in venue in Marrakech (to be determined). The programs in Rabat and Casa will also feature the Chorale de Rabat.

Outdoors

Hash House Harriers: Run #919 Meet at 3:00 PM for a 3:30 PM start on Saturday, October 4th. Take the auto route towards Casa and turn off at the Skhirat exit, turning towards the beach road. Turn left towards Casa and continue on for about 4-5km or so and look right for the hares mark.

For Students and Scholars

An intensive, two-week, 30-hour TOEFL Preparation class is being held at AMIDEAST starting October 6.

New ten-week, 30-hour academic preparation classes at AMIDEAST get started on October 6th.

· Test preparation courses assure you the skills you need to succeed in the SAT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT tests.

· Academic Writing and Research gives you the skills you need to succeed in the Anglo-Saxon educational environment.

· University Applications and Admissions helps you identify and get into the Anglophone school that is right for you.

AMIDEAST has the academic orientation services you need:

· US University Admission Information Sessions every Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM.

· University catalogs in our Educational Information Center.

· Application counseling and assistance also available.

· Save thousands of dollars in tuition costs with CLEP exams.

TESTING: Local registrations are underway at AMIDEAST for all academic tests. The SAT dates are October 11, November 1 and December 6. The next available TOEFL tests will be delivered November 15 and January 17. The next GRE is March 13 and the next GMAT will be a date to be determined in February. Contact AMIDEAST for registration details.

The American International Women's Association library is open every day except Thursday. Stop by and visit Rabat's best collection of English language books and video-tapes at 35, rue Oukaimeden in Agdal

Classes and Training

Framingham State College is offering the first of its five graduate courses scheduled to take place this year (October 2003- June 2004).It is entitled "Creative Teaching Techniques and Utilization of Multimedia". This course will take place at the Casablanca American School from October 15-25. It is going to be taught by Dr. Buscone. Hours are 4:30-7:00 Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9-5:00. Course fee is $520.00. For further information, please contact Nancy Slaoui at nslaoui@cas.ac.ma <mailto:nslaoui@cas.ac.ma> .

ENGLISH Classes at AMIDEAST. Sign up now for the start of the new academic year with five-week and ten-week sessions starting October 6. Continuous registration.

Join a running class in the Hilton Park (meet just inside the main entrance) with 7-time marathoner Alex Novelli on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:45am. They're perfect for anyone who wants to improve fitness in a non-competitive, group atmosphere. Beginners welcome! To register or get more info, call Alex at 065-35-50-73, or e-mail alexnovelli@yahoo.com; or, just show up at the next session.

Links of Interest

These links are provided to promote thought, discussion and sharing about various aspects of Moroccan culture, American culture and cross-cultural relations between the people of the United States and the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. They do not necessarily represent the official position of AMIDEAST. Please submit links you find that may be interesting, informative or thought-provoking to almanac@amideast.org

Regional Issues Affecting Mutual Cooperation And Understanding

"A blue-ribbon panel on U.S. public diplomacy is calling on President George W Bush not only to sharply increase funding to more effectively explain U.S. policy to an increasingly hostile Islamic world, but also to narrow the gap between U.S. values and what Washington actually does in the region." Read "Changing Minds, Winning Peace", the report of the Report of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/24882.pdf

For a shorter take on the 80 page report, read an analysis by Jim Lobe called It's the Policy, Stupid at http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=20429

Information about Morocco and Moroccan Culture

Thorough data and analysis on Morocco and Moroccan development can be found at the Development Gateway. "The Development Gateway is an interactive site for information on sustainable development and poverty reduction, and a space for communities to share experiences on development efforts. The Gateway offers online information on development projects; an electronic procurement market; and, comprehensive resources on a variety of key development topics."
http://www.developmentgateway.org/countryprofile/index?country_iso=ma

Information about the united States and American Culture

The Christian Science Monitor provides an excellent overview of the "neoconservative" movement in the United State, the intellectual spine of current US foreign policy. Learn about the history of the movement, read the profiles of its leaders, link to neocon thinktanks and even take an interactive quiz to assess your own neocon leanings. Go to http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/index.html

This week you are pointed to two sites on the web that point to the increasing evolution (splintering?) within the American Muslim community that has been the historical experience of most religious groups in the US. Rather than reflecting the "pure" religion of their parents (and without any controlling authority), second generation American Muslims are finding new applications of 'ijtihad' and, in the eyes of some observers, "bid'a". Check out alt.muslim at http://www.altmuslim.com/ then, from California, find Muslim WakeUp! at http://muslimwakeup.com/index.php

List Management

Thanks to Tim Resch, webmaster of the award-winning Friends of Morocco site, The ALMANAC can be found on the Web shortly after you receive it by e-mail. Go to http://friendsofmorocco.org/Rabatculture.html

Make sure you forward the ALMANAC to your friends and have them send an e-mail to almanac@amideast.org to get on the mailing list.

 


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