Volubilis and Meknes Trip

ALIF and ALC students!

Volubilis and Meknes Trip

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Saturday, April 19th 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 by Friday at noon and pay Linda or Abdellatif by Friday at 5 pm

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

Volubilis and Meknes Trip for ALIF & ALC students

ALIF and ALC students!

Volubilis and Meknes Trip

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Saturday, March 1st 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 by Friday at noon and pay Linda or Abdellatif 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

Free Medina Tour for ALC and ALIF Students

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

Medina tour

ALIF and 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, February 22
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.
**We will share taxis from ALIF to one of the medina gates – approximately 3-4 dh each with three students per taxi.
Please sign up on ALIF bulletin board if you are interested in going!

Family Values in Morocco

ALIF lecture series
Presents
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“Family Values in Morocco”
A lecture by
Sadiq Raddad
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Thursday, January 9th
6:15 p.m.
Annex auditorium (next to ALC/ALIF)

This lecture is concerned with the ways in which family values are crucial to our understanding of the tensions and transformations in the Moroccan society as an Arab-Islamic country, especially within the context of globalization. It discusses the cultural and social developments in a country in which Islam (both as religion and culture) is central to the family, tribal, and national institutions. The argument this lecture advances is that in spite of the remarkable impact of industrialization, modernity, migration, colonialism, education, literacy, and globalization, Morocco is still anchored in traditional forms of family and social values.

This lecture is open to the general public

ALIF Annex Auditorium
22 Rue Mohamed Diouri, Ville Nouvelle (next to ALC/ALIF)

Free Medina Tour for ALIF and ALC Students

Medina tour

Free Medina Tour Saturday, January 11th 

All ALIF & ALC students are invited for a cultural tour of the old city of Fez el Bali, Known as al Medina

Meet at Hotel Batha in Old Medina at 10:00 AM 

This professionally guided tour 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.

Gnawa Music Concert!

Gnawa Music Concert!

Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30pm, there will be a Gnawa Music Concert 
at ALIF Riad

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This is a great opportunity to experience this famous Moroccan folk music with a talented group of local musicians:
Ouled Houssa

The concert is free and open to all ALIF students, and the general public

Refreshments will be served!

Lecture by Kamal Raftani: “The Traditional Architecture of Fez Medina”

ALIF lecture series
Presents
“The Traditional Architecture of Fez Medina”
A lecture by
Kamal Raftani

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The historic fabric of Fes Medina appears today in a quite harmonious state, despite the huge challenges it is facing at different levels: state of the built environment, social and economic problems, etc. This urban fabric is a result of a long process of construction and evolution made of contributions from different dynasties and populations that have settled in Fez. This includes moments of growth and prosperity as well as times of decadence and decline.

At the architectural level, the historic built environment of Fes Medina consists of different types of buildings, most of which are characterized by the high value of their architecture and the role they have been playing for centuries for the Fes Medina community.

There are different ways to approach the traditional architecture of historic cities. In this lecture, we will try to give an overview on the traditional architecture of Fes Medina through three of its main components: (1) monumental architecture, (2) domestic architecture, and (3) religious architecture.

Thursday, December 5th
6:15 p.m.
Annex auditorium
This lecture is open to the general public

Arabic Immersion Day

ARABIC IMMERSION DAY
Guided tour of the medina in Arabic
Saturday, November 30

Medina tour

All students in
MSA 200 and above
are invited to participate in
ARABIC IMMERSION DAY
and use Arabic ONLY.

Please meet the tour guide in front of Hotel Batha at 10:00 a.m. SHARP.

We will take a walking tour of the medina landmarks
The tour should finish by 1 PM
The participating students will pay for their entry tickets to the sites.

SIGN UP by Friday 29 at 6PM on ALIF Bulletin Board

Trip to the Sahara

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TRIP TO THE SAHARA

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

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

We will depart from ALIF at 12:30 pm on Saturday and arrive in Erfoud  around 7 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 Monday morning after breakfast and should be back in Fez by 7:30 p.m

The cost for this excursion, including all transportation, mealsand hotel expenses is 1400 dh including camels. 

We will have a very short mandatory orientation meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:10 p.m in room 1 to discuss the itineraries and what to bring.

Plan to pay at this time!

Please sign up on the board in the garden by

Wednesday at 6

Lecture by Suzanna Clarke: “The Fez Medina: Design for Living”

ALIF lecture series
Presents
The Fez Medina: Design for Living
A lecture by
Suzanna Clarke

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Join Suzanna Clarke, author of A House in Fez, as she shares her experiences of living and exploring the Fez Medina – where art, design, architecture, music and ceremony are an integral part of everyday life.

Suzanna has amusing stories to share about her experience of renovating a 300 year old house, as well as offering insights into the history and culture of this rich and vibrant city through words and photographs.

When: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: ALIF Annex Auditorium
Who: ALC/ALIF Students and the general public.