Mediterranean Crossroads: The 2016 AIMS Conference

The 2016 AIMS Conference, titled “Mediterranean Crossroads: Spanish-Maghribi Relations in Past and Present” kicked off on Saturday May 14th at the Grand Hotel Villa de France, with three panels that cast a new light on the history and people of this region.

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Medina Children’s Gardening Workshop

On Saturday, April 9, TALIM hosted a urban gardening and arts workshop.  The event gave those attending the 40th anniversary events an opportunity to see TALIM’s outreach programs live.  See some photos in the gallery.

TALIM 40th Anniversary Conference

The 40th Anniversary Conference held today at TALIM reviewed the history of the Tangier Legation as a diplomatic presence, then as a museum, and finally as the multifunctional research, educational, and cultural center it is today.

The day began with opening remarks by Director John Davison, and President Dale Eickelman. Presentations on the first panel included “The First Daughter of the Legation” by Anna Reidy, New York University; “The Perdicaris Affair” by Jeremy Gunn, Professor at Université Internationale de Rabat ; and “Twilight of the International Zone” by Gerald Loftus, Former TALIM Director.

After a coffee break on the terrace,

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The First Full Day of TALIM’s 40th Anniversary Events

The courtyard and terrace approximately 40 years ago
The courtyard and terrace approximately 40 years ago

Today was the first full day of events held to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Tangier American Legation Museum, now the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM).  The events are being held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the TALIM Board and Fellows.  Ordinarily the meetings are held in the US, but this year they are being held in Tangier to mark this milestone anniversary.

Today’s events consisted of a tour of the new Tanger Med Port, a visit to the museum and ruins at Ksar Sghir, a visit to the Grottes d’Hercule (Cave of Hercules) and finally a social event at the home of Elena Prentice, TALIM Board Member and longtime resident of Tangier, at her charming villa.

Join us tomorrow for TALIM’s 40th Anniversary Conference at Legation.

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TALIM Hosts Reception for Benefit Performance of Tennessee William’s Play

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.

Graduation Celebration for the Women’s Program

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.

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Marche de Noël at the Legation

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: