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902 W. New York St.,
ES 2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA
Phone: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 278-2213

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Monday - Friday,
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Being Arab: An Exploration of Arab Culture and Society


The IUPUI Office of International Affairs is sponsoring series of events on Arab culture, in partnership with the Multicultural Success Center and IUPUI student organizations.

“A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture”, a traveling exhibition on stereotypes of Arab culture, will be at the Multicultural Success Center from February 26 - March 21.

Experience the exhibition and join us for the following events.


Schedule of Events:

  • February 27th, 4pm – 6pm, Multicultural Success Center
    Opening Reception for “A is for Arab” Exhibit
  • February 27th, 3pm – 4pm, CE 309
    Presentation: “Who are the Arabs” by Dr. Amira Mashhour
  • March 3rd, 11:30am – 1:30 am, Campus Center Atrium
    Arab Country Fair featuring food and displays from Arab countries
  • March 4th, 6pm – 8pm, University Library Lilly Auditorium
    Film Screening: “Reel Bad Arabs”, followed by Skype discussion with film curator Dr. Jack Shaheen
  • March 6th, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, ES 2132 (Global Crossroads Classroom)
    Presentation: "From Jerusalem to All Nations: Christians of the Middle East" by Father Nabil Hanna
    Many people think of Christianity as a western religion, but the Christian Faith originates in the Middle East, in the very Cradle of Civilization. We will examine the beginnings of Christianity, the Christians of the Arab World today and their 'diaspora' throughout the world.
  • March 10th, 5:30 – 6:30, ES 2100
    Presentation: “The Golden Age of Arab Seafaring” by Dr. Ian McIntosh
  • The history of the Arab sea trade in the Indian Ocean from obscure origins many centuries before the Common Era to the time of its full extension to China, India and East Africa in the ninth and tenth centuries CE is a remarkable story. In this presentation by IUPUI anthropologist Dr Ian McIntosh, some of the highlights of the ‘golden age of Arab Seafaring’ (during the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad), will be discussed. Some contemporary projects, including the recreation of an 9th century Arab dhow in Oman in 2008 and its voyage to Singapore in 2010, will also be shared.
  • March 11th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, University Library Lilly Auditorium
    Panel Discussion: Women in Arab Society
  • Discussion with group of Arab women living in the US. Each woman is from a different Arab country. They also represent the main religions of the Arab countries today.
  • March 13th, 6pm – 8pm, University Library Lilly Auditorium
    Movie Screening: Assal Eswed
  • A well-known Egyptian comedy in which an Egyptian American photographer returns to Egypt after 20 years abroad.
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The IUPUI Multicultural Success Center in is located in Joseph T. Taylor Hall (UC) Room 115.
Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis
815 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking is available in the Vermont Street Garage.

For more information, please contact Sandra Lemons.