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November 18, 2017

Engage Your Five Senses! Cultural Exchanges from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean

The network of maritime and overland trade routes across the Indian Ocean, Western Asia, the Mediterranean Sea and their hinterlands were host to myriad cultural exchanges over many centuries. They are so many different types of goods, ideas, styles and techniques that it would be hard to name them all. The Middle East Outreach Council’s annual teacher workshop at MESA, in collaboration with its local partners in the Washington DC area, will explore ways of experiencing and teaching about these cultural exchanges through the Five Senses. For the auditory sense, we will explore musical exchanges through performance and hear Arabic and Persian language poetry. For the visual sense, we will visit the newly renovated Freer Gallery of Art Islamic collection, which features multisensory multimedia presentations of each object. Textiles will lend a sense of touch in addition to their visual and social impact, and provide teachers with lessons on the spread of technologies with silk brocades. Not to forget taste and smell, we will map the flavors, spices, and scents that spread their beauty and healthful properties across land and sea. Last, but not least, attendees will enjoy a culinary tour of our luncheon menu catered by a local Middle Eastern restaurant.

Start: November 18, 2017 9:00 am
End: November 18, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th St, NW, Washington, 20036, United States
Cost: Free

November 19, 2017

MEOC Business Meeting

All members and interested parties are welcome to attend. The Business meeting includes the presentation of the 2017 Middle East Book Award winners.

Start: November 19, 2017 10:30 am
End: November 19, 2017 12:30 pm
Venue: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Park Tower Suite 8216
Phone: 202-328-2000
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC, 20008, United States
Cost: Free