Relationships between Americans and Arabs in Israel, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries will be considered during Arab Awareness Week Tuesday through Friday, April 3-6, at Brigham Young University.
The week's events, which are free to the public, will consist of three days of lectures by local and international guests and film presentations covering Middle East topics on the last day of the week.The Arab and American Friendship Club at BYU is co-sponsor of the event with the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the Political Science Department and BYUSA. Events include:
- Daniel C. Peterson of the BYU department of Asian and Near Eastern languages will present "What the West Owes the East" at 11 a.m. Tuesday in 238 Herald R. Clark Building (the Kennedy Center).
- George Naifeh, president of the American Arab Affairs Council, Washington, D.C., will speak Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 238 Clark Building on "The Importance of Strengthening U.S.-Arab Relations."
Naifeh served in the United States Information Agency for more than two decades, including posts in Iraq, Iran, Oman, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Libya and Nigeria.
- Thursday at 11 a.m. in 238 Clark Building, Ibrahim Karawan of the political science department at the University of Utah will offer "A Critique of American Foreign Policy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict."
- At 3 p.m. Thursday, Ulrick Haarman of the department of Islamic studies at the University of Freiburg, West Germany, will present "The Attitude of Medieval Arabs Toward Ancient Egypt" in 238 Clark Building.
- Friday, two film presentations entitled "Arabs and Israel Since 1947" and "Family Matters: The Role of the Family in the Middle East" will be shown beginning at 4 p.m. in 2084 Jesse Knight Humanities Building.