2017 Youmein Creative Media Festival Panel discussion

Presented by Borderline Theatre Project and the American Language Center in Tangier, the 2017 Youmein Creative Media Festival was a co-production with DABATEATR, in partnership with the Tangier-American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), TechnoPark Tanger, Association Tanger Région Action Culturelle (ATRAC), and Think Tanger.

In its third edition, the Youmein Creative Media Festival took up the theme “imitation” or, in Arabic, “taqlid”.  Reflecting on the question, “how do cultures and society change, if not by imitation?” and [laying on the Arabic “taqlid” (imitation) and its plural form “taqalid,” (traditions) many pieces in the festival explored the relationships between imitation and tradition, cultural borrowing and modernity, and mechanical reproduction.

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“PREVIEWING THE YVES SAINT LAURENT MARRAKECH MUSEUM.” Saturday, August 5, 7:00 p.m.

 

On a hot August Saturday night at the Legation, Bjoern Dahlstroem, Director of the Musée Berbère Jardin Majorelle and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech –mYSLm-, and Madison Cox, Vice-President of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle, discussed preparations for the October inauguration of the mYSLm. The audience were captivated to learn details of both the architecture and programming plans for the mYSLm, which promises to be a new landmark on Morocco’s cultural landscape.

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Live at the Legation: 2017 Ramadan Nights Concert with Redouan Hasnaoui

We are delighted to introduce our “Live at the Legation” podcast series.  On Friday, June 9 at 22h, we revived a  tradition of  Ramadan concerts here at the Legation by hosting the young Tangerine singer-songwriter Redouane Hasnaoui, where he sang about Tangier, the environment, motherhood, and Sufi and romantic poetry. And of course, we recorded it for you!
We hope you enjoy it!
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2017 July 4 Women’s Literacy Program Graduation Ceremony!

Congratulations to Rhimo El Ouardighi for the first prize of the 2013-2017  graduating class of our Medina Women’s Literacy program, in partnership with Fondation Tanja Madinati, and congratulations to all the 162 women in the program for their hard work and dedication in learning Arabic, English and French, and also embroidery and cooking.  What a perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday!
Thanks to all our partners and every single person who put time and effort on this program, and especially to Fatima Ben Guerch, Rahma El Bouhali and all the volunteers who have been making this happen throughout the last 18 years, and who we hope will return for many years to come!

!ألف مبروك

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

In this fourth podcast from TALIM’s 2017 April Seminar, “Tangier 1947 — Two Speeches: Independence and Women’s Education,” Dr. M’hamed BENABOUD, from Tetouan Asmir Association, discussed Spanish archival materials outlining the intrigue behind Franco-Spanish efforts to delay or obstruct Sultan Mohammed V’s visit to northern Morocco.  He drew links between how Lalla Aicha in her speech was an archetype of the modern Moroccan citizen who would form the state her father sought to create.
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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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