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Week-long Cultural Celebration Looks to Demystify the Middle East

10/17/2007 —
UNIONTOWN, PA – The Middle East and its unique, mystifying culture is the focus of a special cultural celebration at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Oct. 29 through Nov. 1
    “Demystifying the Middle East” events are open to the public and include a guest lecture from Dr. Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., a former Penn State University Park professor who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in history and Middle East studies; a performance by the Khafif Middle Eastern song and dance ensemble; and a Middle East-themed art exhibit by area high school students and Penn State Fayette students.
    On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Dr. Goldschmidt will address the topic of “Demystifying the Middle East” by talking about the Middle East’s cultures, traditions, religions and politics. Dr. Goldschmidt’s presentation begins at noon in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building. Admission is free.
    Thursday evening, Nov. 1, the Khafif Middle Eastern song and dance ensemble will perform. Khafif is translated as a Mid-Eastern musical term meaning “quickly” or “lively.” The ensemble features music from Afghanistan, Uzbek and Tadjik. Khafif’s dances include dance routines from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building. The performance is free for Penn State Fayette students and $5 for non-students.
All week long, and into November, Penn State Fayette students and students from area high schools will display art with a Middle Eastern theme at Penn State Fayette’s Cultural Center in the Williams Building. Integral to the art exhibition is an art contest that will be judged by Penn State Fayette art faculty.
    Immediately following the Khafif performance Nov. 1 there will be a reception at the Cultural Center, at which time the winners of the art contest will be announced. The winners of the art contest will win cash prizes for first, second and third place.
    For more information on any of these events, call 724-430-4248.

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