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STLCC-Florissant Valley Global Events to Focus on Syria

syriaThe country of Syria will be the focus of a series of events April 6-9 to be hosted by the Global Education Committee at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

The week-long celebration offers events that feature STLCC faculty, various regional and national presenters, as well as a concert by Syrian musicians.

Rihab Sawah, professor of physics at STLCC, will present an overview of Syria at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, on third floor of the Instructional Resources building. At 11 a.m., Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations, will present “A Jew among Muslims.” Bender also will discuss the film, “Out of Cordoba,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Social Science building, Room 102.

On April 7, Kinan Azmeh, Syrian clarinetist, and Issam Rafae, Syrian oud player, will perform at 11 a.m. in the Science/Math building, Room 203. The oud is the grandparent instrument of the lute. The film”Damascus with Love” follows at 12:30 p.m., and a question-and-answer session will be held via Skype with the film’s director, Mohamad Abdulaziz, directly from Damascus, Syria.

On April 8, there will be a Syrian food demonstration where Sawah will prepare and serve Syrian food. The demonstration takes place at 9:30 p.m. in the Training Center, Room 105/107. At 12:30 p.m., Mike Fuller, professor of anthropology at STLCC-Meramec, will present Syria’s archeological history, sharing some of his intriguing stories about his own archaeological excavations in Syria. This event takes place in the Social Science building, Room 102.

On the last day of the series, April 9, Sawah will interview two Syrians on their stories and memories of the country, followed by a Syrian food sampling. The event takes place at 11 a.m. in the Training Center, Room 105/107.  At 12:30 p.m., Zaid Mahir, professor of English from University of Central Missouri, will discuss Syrian literature.

Events are free and open to the public. STLCC-Florissant Valley is located at 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.