Volubilis and Meknes Trip for ALC and ALIF Students

ALIF and ALC students!

Volubilis and Meknes Trip

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Saturday, September 20th there will be an excursion to the nearby ancient city of
Volubilis and Meknes.
Those interested should meet in the
ALIF Garden
at
9:00 am sharp!

We will proceed to Volubilis, one of the Roman Empire’s western and southern-most outposts, for a guided tour of the ruins.

We will stop in Meknes to see its Medina and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the granaries , and the Christian Prison. You might also like to visit the Palais Jamai rug and cultural museum across from Bab Mansour and the Medrasa Bouanania in the Meknes Medina.

We will go by van and should return by the early evening.
Costs for the trip will be 250 Dh including entry tickets to all the sights. You will have to buy your own lunch.

All interested students must sign up and pay Linda by
Friday at noon

This excursion is open to ALIF and ALC studnets
Please sign up on the ALIF bulletin board in the garden

Volubilis and Meknes Trip for ALC and ALIF Students

ALIF and ALC students!

 Volubilis and Meknes Trip

volubilis

Sunday, June 22nd there will be an excursion to the nearby ancient city of
Volubilis and Meknes.
Those interested should meet in the
ALIF Garden
at
9:00 am sharp!

We will proceed to Volubilis, one of the Roman Empire’s western and southern-most outposts, for a guided tour of the ruins.

We will stop in Meknes to see its Medina and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the granaries , and the Christian Prison. You might also like to visit the Palais Jamai rug and cultural museum across from Bab Mansour and the Medrasa Bouanania in the Meknes Medina.

We will go by van and should return by the early evening.
Costs for the trip will be 250 Dh including entry tickets to all the sights. You will have to buy your own lunch.

All interested students must sign up and pay Linda by
Friday at noon

This excursion is open to ALIF and ALC studnets
Please sign up on the ALIF bulletin board in the garden

Free Medina Tour for ALC and ALIF Students

FREE MEDINA TOUR
for all ALC and ALIF students on Saturday!!

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ALIF & ALC students are invited for a cultural tour of the old city of Fez el Bali, known as Al-Medina .
Meet outside Hotel Batha in the Medina on Saturday, ِJune 21
at 10:00 a.m.

This professionally guided walk will serve to give you a little history and get you oriented for your own further jaunts. (No shopping!)

*Some of the cultural sites like the old medrasas have a 10dh fee for entrance. This goes to maintenance of the site.

Please sign up on ALIF bulletin board if you are interested in going!

Moroccan Customs and Manners

ALIF lecture series
Presents
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“Moroccan Customs and Manners”
A lecture by
Sadiq Raddad
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Tuesday, June 17th
6:15 p.m.
ALIF Annex auditorium
22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Ville Nouvelle

The lecture revolves around general aspects of Moroccan culture and manners. It addresses the following dimensions: Islam and its centrality to Moroccan life and the return of the religious, Family values, Moroccan male/female dynamics of space and the status of women in Moroccan society, etc.

This lecture is open to the general public

Volubilis and Meknes Trip for ALC and ALIF Students

ALIF and ALC students!

 Volubilis and Meknes Trip

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Saturday, June 7th there will be an excursion to the nearby ancient city of

Volubilis and Meknes.

 Those interested should meet in the

ALIF Garden

at 

8:30 am sharp!

 We will proceed to Volubilis, one of the Roman Empire’s western and southern-most outposts, for a guided tour of the ruins.

We will stop in Meknes to see its Medina and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the granaries , and the Christian Prison.  You might also like to visit the Palais Jamai rug and cultural museum across from Bab Mansour and the Medrasa Bouanania in the Meknes Medina.

We will go by van and should return by the early evening.

Costs for the trip will be 250 Dh including entry tickets to all the sights. You will have to buy your own lunch.

All interested students must sign up by Friday at noon and pay Linda by Friday at 5 pm

 This excursion is open to ALIF and ALC studnets

Please sign up on the ALIF bulletin board in the garden

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Lecture by Moroccan Author Leila Abouzeid

Moroccan Author Leila Abouzeid Speaks about her Experience as a Writer on Monday, May 12

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Ms. Abouzeid is the first Moroccan woman writer to have her work translated from Arabic to English. Her ground-breaking first novel, Year of the Elephant, explored the conflict between traditional and contemporary cultures, from the point of view of a female character.

The fact that Leila Abouzeid writes in Arabic rather than French is significant. She is actually trilingual, but has chosen to write in Arabic, she states, “for political as well as personal reasons.”

Year of the Elephant is dedicated to, “all those women and men who put their lives in danger for the sake of Morocco and did not expect to be rewarded or thanked for it.”

She gives the Moroccan struggle depth in Islamic history by comparing it to an important battle in early Islam, when foreign tribes riding elephants marched on the sanctuary at Mecca.

Abouzeid was born in 1950 into a middle-class family in El Ksiba, a Middle Atlas village where her father was an interpreter in the French administration. She was six years old when Morocco gained its freedom from France in 1956, a process of resistance in which her own father was involved.

After studying at the Mohamed V University in Rabat and The University of Texas, Austin, Ms. Abouzeid began her career as a radio and TV journalist, and also worked as press assistant in government ministries and in the prime minister’s office. She left the press in 1992 to dedicate herself to writing fiction.

In Return to Childhood (1999), she charts her deeply personal journey through family conflicts ignited by the country’s civil unrest during Morocco ‘s struggle for independence from French colonial rule.

Abouzeid’s book, The Last Chapter (2003), is a thought-provoking, semi-autobiographical story about a young Moroccan woman and her struggle to find an identity in the Morocco of the second half of the twentieth century. Shifting male/female relationships feature strongly in the narrative, as do clashes of modern and traditional Moroccan society, Islamic and Western values, as well as the older practices of sorcery and witchcraft. “With an author as talented as Abouzeid and the heroine an intellectual with the tongue of a Moroccan Dorothy Parker, there is a lot of substance to the novel”, wrote the Cairo Times.

The Director and Other Stories from Morocco (2006), deals with issues between parents and children, between husbands and wives, and between citizens of newly independent Morocco and its new nationalist representative government.

For anyone interested in contemporary Moroccan literature, this is a talk not to miss.

When: Monday, May 12 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: ALIF Annex Auditorium, 22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Ville Nouvelle
Who: ALC/ALIF Students and the general public.

Trip to the Sahara

Friday, May 9th 2014

ALIF is sponsoring a trip to the beautiful dunes of Southern Morocco!

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We will depart from ALIF at 12:30 pm on Friday and arrive in Erfoud around 8 pm to spend the night in Hotel Xaluca with a buffet dinner, music and swimming.
After a relaxing morning swim and breakfast, we will head for the dunes, arriving at Merzouga’s Tombuktou Hotel one hour later, where a buffet 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 p.m

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, May 8, at 12:10 p.m in room 1 to discuss the itinerary and what to bring.
Plan to pay at this time!

PLEASE SIGN UP on the board in the garden by Wednesday, May 7 at 6 PM

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

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Would you like to learn more about the most highly regarded art form in the Islamic world?  ALIF is sponsoring a series of Calligraphy classes in the ALIF riad on Wednesday April 16/23/30 and May 7, taught by Abdellah Kahhak, a talented instructor. 

Please sign up on the ALIF bulletin board in the garden and show up for the classes at the ALIF Riad at 6:30 pm if you would like to join a workshop.

 The cost is 35-50 dhs depending on the number of participants.