Aspiring Writer Workshop
With professor and author Dr. Mohana Rajakumar
Writer. Scholar. Mother.
Sunday, July 19
Seats are limited!
Free with RSVP to email@example.com.
For more information, please visit www.alifinstitute.orgor call 770-936-8770.
Attend this dynamic workshop designed for all writers who are interested in starting their careers or improving their craft! Topics will include:
¨Why You Need a Blog
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar has a PhD in Literature from the University of Florida. Her academic books include Haram in the Harem (2009, Peter Lang), in which she examines Indian and Algerian writers’ subversive use of domestic fiction to critique male privilege. Hip Hop Dance (Greenwood, 2012) explores the grassroots development of hip-hop dance and music before it became a commercial phenomena. Mohana has also been recognized for her fiction: Love Comes Later (2012, Createspace) won the 2013 Best Indie Book Award for Romance. Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011. Website: www.mohadoha.com.
The Corpse Washer
By Sinan Antoon
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, at 7:00 PM
Join our group for a lively discussion of this Arab American National Museum award-winning book !
PLEASE NOTE: Copies of this book have been made available to Alif Institute through the generosity of the Arab American National Museum. To claim your copy, please contact us ASAP! A donation to Alif to support our programs is kindly requested.
Originally written in Arabic and translated into English, this book received the Arab American Book Award for Fiction in 2014.
About the book: Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise. Saddam Hussein's bellicose dictatorship reaps war, economic disruption, occupation, and sectarian violence, one following another in dreadful succession. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding. Trained as an artist to shape materials to represent life aesthetically, he now must contemplate how death shapes daily life and the bodies of Baghdad's inhabitants. Through the struggles of a single desperate family, Sinan Antoon's novel shows us the heart of Iraq's complex and violent recent history. Descending into the underworld where the borders between life and death are blurred and where there is no refuge from unending nightmares, Antoon limns a world of great sorrows, a world where the winds wail. —Amazon
About the author: Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist and translator. His poems and essays (in Arabic) have appeared in as-Safir, al-Adab, al-Akhbar, Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya, Masharef and (in English) in The Nation, Middle East Report, Al-Ahram Weekly, Banipal, Journal of Palestine Studies, The Massachusetts Review, World Literature Today, Ploughshares, Washington Square Journal, and the New York Times. Sinan
is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Arab Studies Journal. He is an associate professor at the Gallatin School, New York University and co-founder and co-editor of the cultural page of Jadaliyya.
If you would like more information about the Alif Book Club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-936-8770.
Summer Day Camp 2016.
Immerse your children in Arab culture as they enjoy fun activities!
Session Dates: Camp consists of two one-week sessions. Campers may attend session one, session two or both sessions.
Session 1: Monday, June 6 - Friday, June 10.
Session 2: Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17.
Children’s Ages: Camp is for children ages 3 to 9 years. (Young children must be potty-trained.)
Camp Hours: From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pre-Care & Post-Care will be available for an additional charge:
- One hour in the morning, from 8:00 - 9:00 AM.
- Two hours in the afternoon, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
Typical Schedule of Activities:
All sessions, activities and visits will focus on Arabic Language and Arabic culture
- 9:00 - 12:00 (Morning activities with strong focus on Arabic language and culture)
- 12:00 - 12:30 (Lunch break)
- 12:30 - 3:00 (Afternoon activities: art, music, dance, games, movies, sports)
During the week we will receive special visits and guests. In 2015 we had special visits from the local Fire Department, from children author Mrs. Amal Freiji, from Pediatrician Dr. Laura Badwan, from animator Mr. Haider Najeeb and from illustrator Mrs. Teresa Abboud.
The children will enjoy a very special field trip per week. In 2015 our field trips were to the following locations: Peachtree Dekalb Airport and Tiny Towne
Coming this May:
Adult Computer Classes
The classes are taught in English with Arabic translation available. The class instructor is Mrs. Zaina Ajakie. Mrs Ajakie has 16 years of experience teaching computer literacy at university level.
Alif will provide all materials:
- Computers to use during class.
- Flash drive, reference cards, user manual and notepaper to keep after class.
This hands-on course is a practical overview of Microsoft Windows 8.1, desktop applications, including word-processing, spreadsheet and social media.
Date: May 5 - 21, 2015
Length: 12 hours
Alif Institute proudly presents...
A Night of Moroccan Delights
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
5 pm - 8:30 pm
$25 for non-members/$22 for members
$12 for children 12 and under
Required: RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, May 29th, 2015.
Let Alif Institute transport your entire family to Morocco for an evening of food, activities, stories, and music! Experience the rich culture of Morocco while you learn some new facts and make some new friends!
RSVP now to reserve your place and be sure to invite your friends!