International Events Spark Discussion and Dialogue at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
Ifrane, September 26, 2011 – The 2011 Al Akhawayn University student-run conference “Mohamed V: Righteous Among Nations,” organized by the Al Akhawayn University Mimouna Club as the student club’s third annual “Moroccan Jewish Days,” concluded on September 23 in Casablanca after opening on September 21 in Ifrane. Over the course of the 3-day event, distinguished Moroccan and international participants focused on Morocco’s unique identity and heritage, and its actions under the late King Mohamed V aimed at preserving a legacy of social and religious diversity, responsibility, and the historically strong connections between Jews and Muslims in Morocco.
The 2011 event was co-sponsored by the American student association KIVUNIM and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, based in Casablanca. “Mohamed V: Righteous Among Nations” featured a rich program of art, music, cooking, and academic discussions and debates on many topics – among them the role of Morocco, the late King Mohamed V, and the nation’s Jewish community during the period of the Second World War era and the Holocaust – plus a popular book exhibition.
And on the evening of the opening day at the Al Akhawayn University campus in Ifrane, the legendary Moroccan Jewish singer Maxime Karoutchi headlined a musical celebration of Morocco’s multi-faith and multi-cultural identity, attended by hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visiting dignitaries alike.
The poster for the conference can be seen here, the program and list of dignitaries in attendance can be downloaded here, and the complete video of the event in Ifrane, which streamed live on the Internet, is viewable here.
Many other international and national conferences, events, performances, and programs take place regularly at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, as part of its founder the late King Hassan II’s institutional mandate to encourage dialogue and understanding among and between peoples, nations, faiths, cultures, and societies at a English-language, liberal arts Moroccan university based on the American model.
For example, on Monday, September 26, 2011 a group of leading Chinese scholars from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences launched three days of meetings on the theme “Islam and Society in the Twenty-first Century.” This gathering of experts from Morocco, China, and Norway is organized by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
And, further enriching the Al Akhawayn University community’s ongoing discussion about key issues of the day, on Thursday, September 29, Tariq Ramadan, Fellow at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, will deliver a widely anticipated talk on “The Illusion of Clash of Cultures” on the Al Akhawayn campus. The Tariq Ramadan event is organized by the Al Akhawayn student-run Islamic Art and Culture Club, together with the student Social Science Club, Multicultural Club, Explorer’s Club, and Public Speaking and Debate Club, with support from the Al Akhawayn University Alumni Association.
For details on the program with Tariq Ramadan, click here to view the poster. For information on other upcoming activities and programs at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, please visit www.aui.ma.