Reflections on the Power of Intercultural Exchange

On the last day of Al-Bustan’s Arab Arts & Culture Course for Educators, we prepared for and performed our recital. Through the teaching of Hanna Khoury and Hafez Kotain, and the direction of Nora Elmarzouky and Max Dugan we pulled off an incredible performance that really demonstrated what we learned from the course.

Out of Andalusia and Into Our Classrooms

On the third day of Al-Bustan’s Arab Arts & Culture Course for Educators, Nora Elmarzouky, director of education, gave the morning lecture.  Nora discussed the culture, ways of life, and contributions of Andalusia.

Inspirational Interning at Al-Bustan

As an Egyptian-American Muslim by heritage, and a joint Government and Middle-Eastern Studies major at Harvard University, I have always had a particular interest in the various ways that Arab culture and American society interact and intersect.

Abstract themes in Ethereal spaces; Thoughts on The Deserted Station

Director: Alireza Raisian Writers: Abbas Kiarostami (story), Kambuzia Partovi Stars: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi The Deserted Station (2002), an Iranian masterpiece by director Alireza Raissian, stayed at the peripheries of transnational cinema even after critical and audience success. Leslie Camhi of the Village Voice (amongst other critics) praised its delicate direction and Leila…

Why Can’t Adults Be As Kind As These Kids?

On the first Thursday of camp, I saw a few of the students display such compassion and benevolence that my heart metaphorically melted. To set the scene: one of the female campers who is visiting the U.S. for the summer is a native Arabic speaker but does not know a word of English, and over…