Film Making Workshop at Dar Al Ma3rifa, Zouitina Neighborhood

During the holy fasting month of Ramadan, daily life in Tangier goes on as usual, and work and learning continue.  Early in the month, Moroccan high school students sat for their national baccalaureate examinations.  Our 16 Legation STEEM (science, technology, engineering, English and mathematics) scholars also began intensive, 6-days a week Ramadan English classes at the Tangier American Language Center.

Adil Machkor showing the participants one of the programmed films for the analyses sessions.

This week, in partnership with Casal dels Infants, TanjaZoom and the Tamkine Foundation, TALIM sponsored a 2-week film making workshop for public high school students and other youth who have abandoned school at the Dar Al Ma3rifa Center in Zouitina, an outlying Tangier neighborhood.  10 girls and 6 boys (nearly the same gender ratio as our STEEM classes) are attending a film making workshop led by Adil Machkor.  TALIM hopes to host one day of the workshop at the Legation and also offer these students a tour of our museum  We look forward to sponsoring a second workshop after Ramadan in a different Tangier neighborhood. Inch’Allah, we’ll also host a third workshop in July at the Legation for our STEEM scholars and perhaps some of their moms!

Zouitina neighborhood

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April Seminar “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education.” Part 2/4 (April 6, 2017)

In this second podcast from TALIM’s 2017 April Seminar,“Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education,” Dr. Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Ambassador-at-Large of HM King Mohamed VI, speaks about “The Primacy of Education, Especially of Women, in the Progress of a Nation.”  In addition to her prepared remarks, Amb Bensalah Alaoui shared moving personal anecdotes about how King Mohammed V’s push for girls education enabled her and her sisters to go to school.
In subsequent podcasts Dr. Karim Bejjit, Professor at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, speaks on “US-Moroccan relations in the 1940s: A New Beginning”; and Dr. M’hamed Benaboud of Tetouan Asmir Association speaks on “Princess Lalla Aisha’s Historical Speech in Tangier of April 1947 in the Light of the Varela Archives.”
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April 6 April Seminar “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education.” Part 3/4 (April 6, 2017)

In this third podcast from TALIM’s  2017 April Seminar, “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education,”  Dr. Karim BEJJIT, Professor from Abdelmalek Essaadi University, discussed the nuances of US support for Moroccan sovereignty and King Mohammed V in light of Cold War relations with France and Spain.
In subsequent podcast Dr. M’hamed Benaboud of Tetouan Asmir Association speaks on “Princess Lalla Aisha’s Historical Speech in Tangier of April 1947 in the Light of the Varela Archives.”
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April Seminar “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education.” Part 1/4 (April 6, 2017)

Seventy years ago, on 9 April 1947, King Mohammed V delivered a speech in Tangier calling for Moroccan independence. Two days later his daughter, Princess Lalla Aicha Alaoui, gave her own speech calling for the education of women. This year’s annual April Seminar, held in partnership with the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), focused on “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education.” Presenters considered the historic nature of the speech and its reverberations in Moroccan society to the present day.
This first part includes opening remarks by TALIM President Dr. Dale F. Eickelman, Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College (14 min), and a presentation by Dr. Bernabé López Garcia, professor from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, on “The Events of April 1947: A Spanish Perspective” (33 min).

In subsequent podcasts Dr. Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Ambassador-at-Large of HM King Mohamed VI, addresses “The Primacy of Education, Especially of Women, in the Progress of a Nation”; Dr. Karim Bejjit, Professor at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, speaks on “US-Moroccan relations in the 1940s: A New Beginning”; and Dr. M’hamed Benaboud of Tetouan Asmir Association speaks on “Princess Lalla Aisha’s Historical Speech in Tangier of April 1947 in the Light of the Varela Archives.”
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Tangier 1947 – Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education

TALIM’s annual April Seminar will take place at the Tangier Old American Legation, Thursday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The April Seminar, in partnership with the Office Cherifien des Phosphates, will be open to the public with free admission. It will address the theme, “Tangier April 1947 – Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education.” Honoring the 70th anniversary of King Mohammed V’s historic Tangier speech of April 9 and Princess Lalla Aisha’s speech of April 11, the seminar will feature the following speakers:

TALIM President Dr. Dale F. EICKELMAN, Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College (USA);
Dr. Bernabé LÓPEZ GARCIA, Professor from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, on the theme, “The Events of April 1947: A Spanish Perspective”;
Dr. Assia BENSALAH ALAOUI, Ambassador-at-Large of his Majesty King Mohamed VI, on the theme, “The Primacy of Education, Especially of Women, in the Progress of a Nation”;
Dr. Karim BEJJIT, Professor from Abdelmalek Saadi University, on the theme, “US-Moroccan relations in the 1940s: A New Beginning”;
Dr. M’hamed BENABOUD, Tetouan Asmir Association, on the theme, “Princess Lalla Aisha’s Historical Speech in Tangier of April 1947 in the Light of the Varela Archives”

The Seminar will also include a special screening of a short documentary film made by history students from the American School of Tangier.

Free admission
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Coming to America …

To NYC and DC in March, to be more specific. Enjoy!

Gnaoua Tour

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Beit Hahayim Donation

Our deepest thanks to Australian artist Bryan Dawe for his generous donation of “Beit Hahayim,” the Jewish Cemetery of Tangier, which now hangs in our art gallery, where it stands as a stirring memorial to Tangier’s multi-faith heritage.

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Call for Papers: Theater Forms in Motion

Zones of Contact and Friction: An International Symposium paying in homage to Christel Weiler & Mohamed Bahjaji

TANGIER/TETOUAN, 24-28 November 2017

The conference will be part of the 13th annual international festival “Performing Tangier.” Download the full call for papers as a pdf

Abstracts are due 31 March 2017.

 

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Legation Christmas Market, 2016

Carols in the ballroom. Click to watch.

We’d like to thank all of those involved in making our annual Christmas Market such a success.   Of  the many visitors we welcomed on December 10, we were perhaps most pleased that several dozens of  children from our Ben Idder neighborhood  in Tangier’s Old Medina stopped by to join us for face painting, crafts workshops and other fun!

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Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Visit to the Legation

We were honored to welcome Dana J. Hyde, CEO of the Millennium  Challenge Corporation, to the American Legation Museum on this cold and rainy Saturday evening.

 

Ms. Hyde led an MCC delegation to Morocco, including Tetouan and Tangier.  They were hosted by officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the regional and municipal governments.  TALIM Director Davison was pleased to reunite with a former diplomatic negotiating partner,  Abdelghani Lakhdar, who currently serves as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister.

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