Last month, Arabic Flagship Students traveled to Standford University to participate in the third edition of the QatarDebate. 16 universities participated in the debate this year with 250 debaters total. The debate is sponsored by the Qatar Foundation in collaboration with the Abbasi Program for Islamic Studies at Standford. We are so proud of our students who decided to participate in the debate, and we cannot wait until next year. You can read more about the debate here.
A couple weeks ago Dr. Nader Morkus and other flagship visited our capstone students in Meknes, Morocco. During this visit our students gave them a tour of AALIM and the local university (Moulay Ismail University) they attend. They also explored Meknes and visited the site of where many of our students do their internships . Enjoy the photo gallery below that includes photos of AALIM, Meknes, and Morocco in general!
On Friday October 7th, the Arabic Flagship Student Ambassadors and Dr. Attia participated in Indiana University’s Homecoming Parade. We hope to make this a new tradition in the Arabic Flagship Family and hope to continue this next year. Be on the lookout for information next year about how to walk in the parade and increase our presence!
In this week’s edition of the Arabic Flagship Newsletter, there is information about the upcoming Arabic Poetry Night and the upcoming Benchmark testing.
First, put your Arabic skills to the test and figure out this week’s Wordle: https://woardle.com/
Also, please note that the Navigating Morocco Series that was scheduled for this Friday, the 14th, is canceled. An updated date and time will be sent out soon, so watch for that!
We also want to give a big shoutout to those that participated in the Homecoming parade this past weekend. It was Arabic Flagship’s first time in the parade, and we are looking forward to more students joining us next year!
We are also excited to announce that we will be hosting this year’s Arabic Poetry Night at the Morgenstern Bookstore & Cafe on October 27th from 6:30 – 8:30! If you are interested in reciting a poem, please check your email for the sign-up sheet.
Lastly, information has been sent out about the upcoming Benchmark testing on October 20th and 21st. For specific information about where the testing will take place, please check your email!
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week and make sure you are attending your tutoring sessions and a club or dialect table!
Ahlan ya shubab!
Thank you و شكراً for joining us at our first annual Bradford Woods Retreat! We had the best time roasting marshmallows and telling stories by the fire (think Purple Gorilla). We also enjoyed relaxing with our wonderful students and taking a beautiful hike in the morning before heading back to Bloomington. We hope to continue the retreat next year and make it part of the IU Arabic Flagship tradition.
On October 8th, Arabic Flagship hosted the biannual Arabic Dinner with catering from Pita Land. This was one of the most successful events of the semester thus far. We were able to celebrate Dr. Iman and Ustada May’s birthdays. Students also received extra credit by bringing a dish that they prepared at home. We are so happy with the turnout, and it was a great way to begin Homecoming weekend.
Thank you to all the faculty, professors, and students that joined us for a wonderful night, and a big shout out to the volunteers and Student Ambassadors that helped make it a success! Check out some of the photos from the event below, and we hope to see you all at the Spring Arabic Dinner!