International Visitors & Events

The Arabic program at CMC has invited a variety of special guests from all around the country and the world. The program concentrates on creating opportunity for the students to learn more about the Arabic culture by ensuring that every guest can shed light on a different facet of life in the Arab Middle East. All activities and guests that have been hosted by the Arabic program are relevant to the continuation of the students’ learning. These workshops introduced the students to the beauty and richness of the Arabic language and culture.

International guests include the President of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Sari Nusseibeh and the Syrian Ambassador to the U.S., Imad Moustapha. Both guests had an opportunity to speak directly to the students of the Arabic program, this gave the students a chance to ask in-depth questions about the situations in the Middle East.

The program has also invited an assortment of musical guests. “Kan Zamaan”, a traditional Arabic band from Los Angeles performed at CMC with a beautiful collection of Arabic instruments, including the oud, nay, qanun, and a violin. John Bilezikjian, a Master Oud player, who plays a variety of styles of Middle Eastern music, was invited to play for the students of the Arabic program as one of the most acknowledged master. His wonderful performance allowed the students to hear the beautiful sounds of the Middle East as they have been heard for centuries. The students were also able to enjoy the music and poetry of Omar Offendum, an Arabic Hip-Hop artist from Los Angeles. His blend of modern rap and the Arabic language demonstrates how the two cultures have come together in these modern times. These opportunities have given greater insight into the musical culture of the Arab World and its place in American culture today.

These guests are only some of many special visitors that contributed to the Arabic class’ learning experience during its first year established at CMC.