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    February 17, 2015 - 7:40am
    And How You Can Make It a Reality
    In a world dominated by news and entertainment media, we find ourselves constantly bombarded with negative representations of Arab/Muslim culture. Extremist groups like ISIS and the Taliban dominate the discourse, while Palestine, Iran, Iraq and other countries are painted with a shallow brush. Events like the Charlie Hebdo attack and films like American Sniper can feed Islamophobia and cause anti-Arab/Muslim behavior. But why allow extremism and discrimination to define our communities, when arts and education can help us humanize our voices?

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    February 20, 2015 - 11:52am
    I originally entered the Levantine Cultural Center to attend a workshop on world peace. I left that night enrolled in a beginning Arabic class. There are many words to describe who I am: white, woman, American, European ancestry, Roman Catholic. None of these connect me to the Middle East or North Africa. I have no familial roots in the ME/NA region. Yet, my passion for politics and poetry provided me a fascination with places I did not grow up in but have been intrigued by for a long time. The LCC has given me a space to develop my understanding of the region and to nurture my appreciation for great art, past and present.
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    January 6, 2015 - 2:34pm
    What are we all about? What does the Levantine Center stand for and why do we ask for charitable contributions? Why do we believe we must grow this center? Despite everything we've done for the past 13 years, we still find that some folks question our commitment, our mission, our vision and our ability to impact society. This is the only not-for-profit cultural arts center devoted to the Arab/Muslim world-to the Middle East and North Africa, in the greater Los Angeles area. We take our commitment seriously. There's no lip service here! We are authentically passionate about bringing Arab/Muslim cultures into the mainstream, fighting racism and prejudice and supporting emerging and established artists!
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    December 26, 2014 - 10:19am
    Friends of Middle Eastern and North African cultures, we are grateful for your support. As we come to the end of another year we wish you very Happy Holidays and a brighter, more peaceful 2015. Thank you for your friendship, encouragement and participation, and your interest in making the Levantine Cultural Center the premiere forum in presenting a vast repertoire of exciting performances, interesting exhibitions, and relevant and timely lectures.
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    November 18, 2014 - 1:26pm
    Following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the end of the Second World War, the map of the Middle East and North Africa has been rewritten by colonialism, war and internecine conflict. Whether the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 1980-1988 war between Iraq and Iran, the first and second Gulf War in Iraq, the invasions of Afghanistan, or the Lebanese Civil War, millions of people have been displaced. Millions more have seen their lives changed forever with the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria that began in 2010.