Focus group tours
To make arrangements for mini tours with an in-gallery interpreter., call 517/432-1472.

Demonstrations and workshops
Participation is free unless otherwise stated. Registration is required. To register, call 517/432-1472.

Educators Workshop
Saturday, January 16, 1999, 9 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Dr. Nabeel Abraham, author and noted specialist on Arab American culture and history, will explore topics of Arab immigration, settlement, diversity, identity, and the development of community. This engaging workshop also includes a curator’s tour of the exhibition, take-home materials and details of more public programs.
Fee: $10:00. Call before January 6, 1999 to register.

Dubkki (line dance)
Saturday, February 6, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Dubkki is a widespread, very popular traditional dance in Arab American communities. Learn a Chaldean version of this dance with Andrew Keina and about the social and cultural contexts of when, where, and by whom it is performed. Call before February 1 to register.

Dubkki (line dance)
Sunday, February 21, 1999, 2 - 4 P.M.
MSU Museum Auditorium

Learn a Lebanese version of this popular dance with
Frossina Kanazeh. Call before February 15 to register.

Henna Artistry
Saturday, March 6, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Learn the art of henna body adornment with
Razanne Padawi. Participation in this hands-on workshop is limited to twenty.
Fee $10.00. Call before February 26 to register.

Henna Artistry
Saturday, March 13, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Learn the art of henna body adornment with
Maryam Abass Abdulkader. Participation in this hands-on workshop is limited to twenty. Fee $10.00. Call before March 8 to register.

Musical instruments of the Middle East
Sunday, March 21, 1999, 2 - 4 P.M.
MSU Museum Main Gallery

Nadim Dlaikan & the Traditional Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Learn about the nye, mizwij, mizar, ud, tabla and other traditional musical instruments from the Middle East with this well-known group from southeast Michigan. Call before March 15 to register.

Palestinian embroidery
Saturday, April 3, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Main Gallery

Palestinian embroidery artist and recipient of a Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship award (1990),
Samiha Abusalah will demonstrate and teach the basics of this beautiful tradition. Participants are limited to fifteen. Fee $10.00/ Call before March 26 to register.

Documenting Your Community:
Two presentations about documenting the history and traditions of your community or family.

Oral History Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Learn the ins and outs of oral history with folklorist / historian
Yvonne Lockwood, who has more than twenty years experience with documentation in ethnic communities. Call before April 5 to register.

Photographic Documentation
Saturday, April 17, 1999, 10 A.M. - noon
MSU Museum Auditorium

Learn from the experiences of photojournalist
Millard Berry about photographic documentation in the Arab American community of greater Detroit. Many of Berry’s photographs are included in exhibition. Call before April 9 to register.

NEH-sponsored lecture series with special reading/discussion groups
February - April 1999
MSU Museum Auditorium

This is a rare opportunity to meet with Arab Americans and scholars of Arab American culture and history to explore topics about immigration, ethnic diversity, community institutions and organizations, family, and identity. Participants must register. They will receive, prior to the series, 1-2 readings selected by each lecturer, who will meet with participants for informal discussion about the readings and lecture. For more information, call 517/353-9678.

 

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