The 40th Anniversary Conference held today at TALIM reviewed the history of the Tangier Legation as a diplomatic presence, then as a museum, and finally as the multifunctional research, educational, and cultural center it is today.
The day began with opening remarks by Director John Davison, and President Dale Eickelman. Presentations on the first panel included “The First Daughter of the Legation” by Anna Reidy, New York University; “The Perdicaris Affair” by Jeremy Gunn, Professor at Université Internationale de Rabat ; and “Twilight of the International Zone” by Gerald Loftus, Former TALIM Director.
After a coffee break on the terrace, a second panel consisted of presentations on “Oral Histories of TALIM” by Emily Albrecht, Dartmouth College; “The Legation and FTAM” by Adil Alaoui, Professor at Abdelmalek Essaâdi University and President of Fondation Tanger Al-Medina; Legation Renovations” by James Wenzel of the State Department of the US; and Closing remarks by I. William Zartman, first TALIM President, and a Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
It was followed by a visit to the Nahon Synagogue led by Rachel Muyal, a longtime Tangier resident, and lunch at Darna.
The TALIM Board returned to the Legation for the biennial board meeting, held for the first time in Tangier. A reception on the terrace of Villa Sidi Hosni included remarks by Dale Eickelman and Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr. The spectacular backdrop of the medina and port at sunset brought a perfect ending to the day.
Thank you to all the attendees, presenters, organizers, and staff. See some photos below.