Trip to the Sahara

Friday, February 7th 2020

ALIF is sponsoring a trip to the beautiful dunes of Southern Morocco!
We will depart from ALIF at 12:30 pm on Friday and arrive in Erfoud around 8 pm to spend the night in Hotel Chegui with a buffet dinner, music and swimming.
After a relaxing morning swim and breakfast, we will head for the dunes, arriving at Kasbat Said one hour later where a lunch will be served.
In late afternoon, we will ride camels on an overnight trek to the oasis to watch the sunset on Saturday night. We’ll leave Merzouga early Sunday morning after breakfast and should be back in Fez by 7:30 pm
The cost for this excursion, including all transportation, meals and hotel expenses is 1400 dh including camels.
We will have a very short MANDATORY orientation meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6th, at 12:45 in room 1 to discuss the itineraries and what to bring.
PLEASE SIGN UP on the board in the garden by Wednesday 5th at 6 PM

Fez Creative Women’s Circle: Giving Value to our Work

Fez Creative Women’s Circle: Giving Value to our Work
Saturday, February 1 at 3:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

Please join us if you have ANY creative pursuit or career which you feel you would like support and fellowship in. The creative process can be a lonely one, and we want to offer a space for you to share your work, find encouragement, and seek personal and professional growth.

For more info please contact Miriam:

Photography Club: Fine Art Photography Workshop with Nicol Vizioli

Photography Club: Fine Art Photography Workshop with Nicol Vizioli
Sunday, February 2 at 3:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

Nicol Vizioli is an Italian artist whose practice is mainly based on photography. Coming from a fine art background her work draws upon many different influences: the natural and animal world, mythology, literature and finally painting. Her photographic work is the convergence point, a visual realization of these imaginary worlds. With the same principles, Nicol is also exploring different media, and she is currently working on her second film project. After a degree in Cinema she moved to London, where she graduated from MA Photography at University of The Arts London, with first class honors in 2011.

Her work has been exhibited in several places and international art fairs such as Scope Basel, Miami, Somerset House, the Zabludowicz Collection, The XV Biennale de la Mediterranée, Milan, London and many others.

Lecture by Zora O’Neill, Author of “All Strangers Are Kin”

Lecture by Zora O’Neill, Author of “All Strangers Are Kin”
Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 PM in Room 30

Zora O’Neill will speak about her experiences traveling and studying Arabic in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, and talk more generally on the benefits of learning new languages, whether to fluency or just a few words.

Ms. O’Neill is an American travel writer based in New York City. She is the author of the award-winning travel memoir “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World,” and has written dozens of guidebooks, as well as articles for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and other major publications.

ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive

ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive- 6th Edition
Monday, April 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM 
American Language Center
2, Rue Amed Hiba, Ville Nouvelle, Fes.
Blood is vital for accident victims and children or adults battling diseases. By joining us, you will help ensure that hundreds of people will have the blood they need, when they need it.
ينظم نادي الأعمال الإجتماعية حملة التبرع بالدم في نسختها السادسة
الاثنين 15 أبريل من الساعة 9 صباحا إلى الساعة 4 بعد الزوال في المركز اللغوي الأمريكي

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait
by Irene Herrmann (piano) & Carole Blankenship (voice)
Monday, March 4 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha

Irene Herrmann and Carole Blankenship present a music/spoken word concert of Paul Bowles’ music that includes solo piano, songs, storytelling, and readings from Bowles’ writings.

Irene Herrmann, accompanist at the University of California Santa Cruz, is executor of the Paul Bowles Music Estate. Her musical acquaintance with Bowles began in 1992 with a visit to the composer in Tangier. It quickly grew into a lively friendship of discussing, editing, disseminating, and performing his music. Her CD of Bowles’ music includes chamber music, solo and duo piano works and features several performance premieres. Her recitals often use the lecture/performance format, replete with Bowles anecdotes, personal insights into his music, and readings from his essays and works of fiction. The collaborations include vocalists who perform songs from Bowles’ prolific output in the genre of American art song and highlight his musical friendships with Tennessee Williams, Gertrude Stein, and William Saroyan.

Carole Blankenship, soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts at Rhodes College. She is heard regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts, and oratorio performances. In October 2010, she presented a paper for the International Paul Bowles Conference at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and has presented lecture recitals on his works recently in Brisbane, Australia and in the U.S. With Irene Herrmann she co-edited two sets of songs by Paul Bowles for Classical Vocal Reprints.

This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club and Book Club, is free and open to the general public.