August 31, 2010
Arabic Culture course offered to community

Lees-McRae College will offer a four-week course on Arabic and Islamic Culture for local community members in September and early October. The course, which will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 on the college's Banner Elk campus, will be taught by Lahcen Qasserras, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Morocco.

"We are so fortunate to have Lahcen with us this year," claims Scott Crawford, the director of Lees-McRae's Global Community Center, which is helping to sponsor the course. "He brings terrific energy, a wealth of knowledge, and a winning smile to our campus. And his presence allows us to offer courses to both students and the community that we wouldn't normally be able to offer."

According to Crawford, the course will focus on various aspects of Arabic and Islamic culture with a particular focus on Moroccan culture. Food, music, and art will be explored, as well as issues of religion and politics.

Community members wishing to take the course should contact Lees-McRae College's Global Community Center at 828-898-8788 or send an email to Scott Crawford at The course will begin on September 14 and conclude on October 5. The course fee is $25.

This is the third year that Lees-McRae has hosted a Fulbright Scholar to teach Arabic language and culture at the college. Past scholars have visited from Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, and Tunisia, in Northern Africa. The program is sponsored by Fulbright and the Institute for International Education.

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