Last Friday evening, August 21, TALIM was pleased to host a welcome reception for guests and visiting performers of a special benefit production of Tennessee Williams‘ Tangier-inspired play, Suddenly Last Summer, on August 22.
Below are some photos of this special celebration, including of U.S. Ambassador Dwight Bush, cast members Ruth Wilson and Linda Lavin, director Rob Ashford, and student volunteers from the American School of Tangier. Thanks to all who supported this truly magical weekend.
On Thursday TALIM held a graduation ceremony and celebration for the women in the Women’s Program that began in 1994. Seventeen certificates were awarded for completion of the Arabic literacy class, 28 for sewing, and 14 for the cooking program, after which the women and their children were entertained by students in the Darna Theater Program.
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies is seeking proposals for its 2016 annual conference. The annual AIMS conference is a signature event that brings together delegations of scholars from the US, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, as well as individual scholars from Mauritania and Libya.
Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm in the Legation en français باللغه العربيه Mediating between light and dark, between composition and improvisation, a cycle of Josephine Foster’s original music interspersed with adapted art songs will be played amongst the American Legation Museum. Patterns from the music and location are expanded through dance, becoming structural improvisations and … Read more THERE ARE EYES ABOVE : A free musical / dance performance by Josephine Foster Ensemble
Call for papers: AIMS Workshop on Linking Public Opinion and Political Action
May 30 – June 1, 2015 – Tunis, Tunisia
We invite applications for the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies to be held May 30 – June 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. This year the conference will be a workshop on the theme of “Linking Public Opinion and Political Action.” The workshop aims to strengthen our understanding of the link between public opinion, elite behavior and outcomes.
There is often a gap between public attitudes and political outcomes. For instance, public opinion surveys show widespread support for democracy in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, but this support has not translated into smooth transition processes toward democracy. Similar gaps are found with regard to service provision, foreign policy and other outcomes, and the distance between preferences and outcomes varies across time, between countries and sub-regionally. There are several potential explanations for these gaps. It may be that elites remain unaware of public sentiment even when relevant polls exist, or they distrust the information that reaches them. It may also be that some segments of the public are more relevant than others, and elites respond to their interests. Or, potentially, that pressure from those with political connections or other competing interests overrides public concerns – at least in some places, at some times.
On December 13 TALIM hosted a Marche de Noël (Christmas Market), for the benefit of charities operating in Tangier. Scroll down for a gallery of images from the event. The participating organizations were:
Madison, who currently serves on the TALIM Board, spoke of how he and his collaborators had made what must have been the difficult decisions on which of the world’s gardens, great and small, to include in this beautiful book.
Here are two photos from the November 3 performance of “Burroughs: The Tangier Letters” at the Espace Beckett. Performers Anne-James Chaton and Carolyn McDaniel gave readings in French and English of correspondence between William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. The letters ranged from ribald to hallucinogenic, mundane to shocking, and both performers movingly conveyed the wry genius of one of the 20th century’s most complex and controversial authors.