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Illustrating Narratives: The Intersection of Art and History

Spring Symposium: Middle East and North Africa

The fifth annual Middle East and North Africa Symposium, the college’s youngest symposium, was held in early March. This year’s theme was Illustrating Narratives: The Intersection of Art and History.

The symposium featured two keynote speakers: Matthew Schumann, a former Fulbright Scholar in Morocco who discussed the intellectual and social history of Muslim scholarship, and Mohammed Hasan Alwan, a Saudi Arabian novelist who won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and a graduate of L&C’s Academic English Studies (AES) program.

Caroline Lawrence BA ’19 and Pamela Nassar Altabcharani BA ’21 served as the event cochairs. “The event —and interest in it—has definitely grown,” says Lawrence, who has cochaired the symposium twice. “It’s a great way for people to have access to information and speakers that they wouldn’t have gotten on their own or in class.”

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