KSU to have ‘Year of the Arabian Peninsula’
by MDJ staff
August 26, 2014 04:00 AM | 3942 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As part of Kennesaw State University’s Year of the Arabian Peninsula, the 31st annual study of a country or region of the world, there will be a newly-installed exhibit titled “Patriots and Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to our Country.”

The multimedia exhibit, which will have an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Atrium of KSU’s Social Sciences Building No. 22, at 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw, was produced by the Arab American National Museum courtesy of the Alif Institute. The exhibit features images, narratives and artifacts depicting the participation of Arab Americans in the U.S. Armed Services, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps.

The exhibit is the first of a series of more than three dozen lectures and cultural events to be featured at KSU throughout the “Year of the Arabian Peninsula,” which is a study of seven countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Other highlighted events include:

  • “Hijab for a Day,” a participatory event that invites women to learn the culture of the Islamic head covering, wear the hijab and share their experiences. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 in the Student Center’s Leadership Room No. 205;
  • “Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam,” an exhibit from the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 1-31 in the Social Sciences Atrium, Building No. 22; and
  • “Women of Oman: changing Roles & Transnational Influence,” an international conference, co-sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Social Sciences Building No. 22, Room 1021.
In addition to these events, KSU has invited scholars from across the country, as well as local and regional scholars, to deliver weekly open to the public lectures. An eight-member faculty learning community will also be conducting research, planning study abroad programs and participating in faculty exchanges at partnering universities and institutions in Arabian Peninsula countries.

For a full schedule of “Year of the Arabian Peninsula” events during the fall and spring semesters, visit http://dga.kennesaw.edu/content/arabianpeninsula#schedule.

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D.G. in Clarkdale
August 26, 2014
Theres nothing remotely redeeming about Islam or the Arabian peninsula and if it weren't for oil no one would give the area a 2nd thought. This P.C. propaganda campaign by progressive academia needs to cease.
August 26, 2014
Hopefully this will be the worst attended event in KSU history.
August 26, 2014
It seems quite odd that when most European countries are trying to curtail the wearing of the jihab, KSU has a program designed to promote and educate on that very subject. Seemingly, KSU has decided to turn a blind eye to the actions of those who have been communicating the "Message of Islam" recently against American citizens. Certainly, education and awareness of other cultures is important. However, as I'm sure the faculty at KSU is painfully aware, the timing of this "celebration" could hardly be more ill-advised.
Wim Laven
September 08, 2014
Actually I'd say addressing hateful ignorance is one of the most important functions of education. Look at the comments posted above. They display complete ignorance of history and religion.

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