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The Crisis This Time, Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 6 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public (charitable contributions welcome)
café open 6:30-9:30 pm for dinner/snacks
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RSVPs/info 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
a weekly workshop and study group Wednesdays in August

Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over 1,000 Palestinians and Israelis have been killed. Many thousands have been injured. The Levantine Cultural Center and community partners present The Crisis This Time: Conversations on Israel/Palestine, a weekly workshop and study group that meets each Wednesday evening in August (6, 13, 20, 27), 7-9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center to examine the news out of Israel/Palestine, discuss the war, and explore solutions—how can we, as concerned Americans, contribute to peace and justice in the region, while holding our own government accountable to the highest standards of human rights?

Speakers in the first workshop are Palestinian American physician Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, cofounder of the children's relief agency Kinder USA, and Israeli American peace activist Miko Peled, author of The General Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Peled has just returned from six weeks in Israel and the West Bank and will report back his findings. The moderator for this evening is Robin D.G. Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of U.S. History at UCLA. 

The evening features a panel, break-out sessions with conflict mediation specialists, a report-back, and study materials. The series is free-to-the-public and includes refreshments (tax-deductible contributions are welcome).

This series intends to bring together voices of reason, Americans against violence, hate and racism as we build bridges and community. All welcome.

RSVPs (optional) 323.413.2001, seating limited. Café open for dinner/snacks 6:30-9:30 pm.

Community partners include CODEPINK: Women for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Mediators Beyond Borders, with new partners being added daily. 

The New Americans: Arabs in California

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 10 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, donations welcome.
Refreshments served.
RSVPs 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
with Nahla Kayali, Bassam Marjiya, Anthony Saidy, Nagwa Ibrahim, Cheryl Faris & Don Bustany

With Nahla Kayali, Anthony Saidy, Nagwa Ibrahim and Cheryl Faris and others, moderator Don Bustany. A panel on refugees, exiles and immigrants from the Arab world discusses integration and assimilation.

This two-part program features a discussion with an early generation of Arab Americans, Anthony Saidy and Cheryl Faris, talking about their parents and grandparents arrival in the United States, and the history of social and cultural contributions that Arab Americans have made, particularly in California (Cousins Club, ADC, KPFK, etc). The second half of the discussion will be with a newer generation of Arab immigrants to California. Nahla Kayali, Nagwa Ibrahim and others will talk about how they reinvented their lives in Southern California. This exploration of history, culture and identity intends to demystify Arab and Arab American society, defuse Islamophobia, and build new bridges among all our communities. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

RSVPs welcome, 323.413.2001. "The New Americans: Arabs in California," Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90035. 

ADC Southern California Arab Empowerment Conference

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 31 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
Price: 
Space is Limited. RSVP by May 28, 2014 to adcocounty@gmail.com OR call 714.641.5884.
Where: 
17521 Santiago Canyon
Silverado, CA 92676
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Orange County Chapter presents the Southern California Regional Conference, "Protecting Civil Rights, Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Promoting

America’s Great Game: The C.I.A. and U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Mar 6 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested $15 donation ($12 members/students), $30 with signed book
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seat/book
Where: 
Westwood Hills Congregational Church
1989 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
At the corner of La Grange, south of Santa Monica Blvd.
Lot and street parking
Subtitle: 
a public forum and book signing on the shaping of the Middle East/North Africa

What shaped the C.I.A., and how does the agency play a role in our foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa? The Levantine Cultural Center presents a public forum and book signing with intelligence historian Hugh Wilford and former C.I.A. case officer Robert Baer, in conversation about the history of the agency's Arabists and the direction of U.S. Middle East foreign policy, particularly with respect to Israel, Iran and Syria. The discussion will be moderated by journalist and political commentator Robert Scheer. The program is made possible in part by Truthdig and LA Jews for PeaceKPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM is a media sponsor.

Hugh Wilford's new book is America's Great Game, The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. Robert Baer is a former CIA case officer who served everywhere from Iraq to the former Soviet Union. (The 2005 film Syriana, starring George Clooney, was an adaptation of several of his books about the intelligence world.) Baer is the author of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on TerrorismSleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude; and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian SuperpowerRobert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the online news magazine Truthdig and a regular commentator on KCRW's Left, Right and Center.

Islamophobia, an Interfaith Forum

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Nov 11 2012 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public
suggested donation $10/$5
no one turned away
Where: 
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City CA 90230
Off the 405 at Culver, south on Sepulveda.
Parking behind Church.
Subtitle: 
Muslim, Jewish and Christian community leaders converse and take audience questions

The week after Chicago congressman Joe Walsh claimed, "There is a radical strain of Islam in this country, trying to kill Americans every week," there were two attacks in the Chicago suburbs, one at a mosque, the other at an Islamic school. In previous weeks, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground, and Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin were murdured "for looking Muslim." In the wake of 9/11, Islamophobia—in both neoconservative and liberal forms—has been an important ideological pillar of the "war on terror." From cultural, theological, and political perspectives, our speakers will deconstruct the most persistent myths about Islams and Muslims. and examine the role Islamophobia plays in justifying war abroad and political repression at home.

"What Happens After Zionism?" Public Forum


[LOS ANGELES—Aug. 23, 2012] Has time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and, some would argue, permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land? Media professionals and the general public are invited to participate in a public forum on "What Happens After Zionism?" when editors and authors of two new books re-open the dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

Arab Media Forum Presented by Randa Fouad of Egypt

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 18 2012 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Price: 
Free to the public, reservations required
Where: 
UCLA Fowler Museum
Lenart Auditorium
Subtitle: 
A Step Towards Change

UCLA's OppenheimeLecture Series will present "The Role of the Media as a Partner in Protecting the Environment and Reaching Sustainable Development in Egypt" with special guest speaker Randa Fouad, on Wed., Jan. 18, at 6 pm on campus UCLA's Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditoriium. The forum is free to the public but reservations are required. Click here.

The Gaza Flotilla: International Activists in L.A. Public Forum

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Aug 7 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, suggested donation $5/10
RSVPs strongly advised as space is limited
Call the Levantine Center, 310.657.5511
Where: 
Westside Pavilion
Community Room B
10800 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

adjacent to indoor entrance of Barnes & Noble and Landmark Theatres
at Pico and Westwood in West Los Angeles
Subtitle: 
"Progressive Conversations" presents Yonatan Shapira & Mary Hughes-Thompson back from Greece

Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, the monthly series organized by LA Jews for Peace and the Levantine Cultural Center, with support from the national organization Jewish Voice for Peace, presents Mary Hughes-Thompson and Yonatan Shapira on their experiences with the Gaza Flotilla in July. Despite failing to land any boats on the shores of Gaza, was the flotilla a success—as many international observers argued, because of all the media coverage?

Explore Conflict, the Middle East, in "From Babylon to Hollywood"

MIDDLE EAST CENTER LOOKS AT IRAQ, MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT THROUGH THE LENS OF THEATRE IN PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS/PERFORMANCES JUNE 17

For Immediate Release [Los Angeles, May 23, 2011] As a topic of conversation, Iraq typically conjures up images of war and the U.S. military occupation that began in March 2003. Rarely do Americans have an opportunity to learn about the long history of theatre in Iraq, nor about theatre arts throughout the Middle East. Where can Americans learn more about Iraqi and Middle Eastern theatre and how it can bridge our cultural differences? On Friday, June 17, 7pm, the Levantine Cultural Center will present FROM BABYLON TO HOLLYWOOD: How Theatre Bridges the U.S. and the Middle East, an evening of performances, readings and conversation devoted to Iraq and theatre within the Arab/Muslim World. The evening is co-presented by Golden Thread Productions of San Francisco and Theatre Without Borders.

MENA-X: Kamran Pasha on Islam and Hollywood

Event Details
Date/Time: 
May 19 2011 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
$15 nonmembers/$10 members
Click here for tickets
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
Subtitle: 
"Facts, Myths and Martyrs"

"Islam and Hollywood: Facts, Myths and Martyrs" is a talk by Kamran Pasha—one of the first Muslim screenwriters in Hollywood and author of two page-turning novels on Islam. MENA-XMENA-XA quick-witted speaker with a knife-sharp sense of humor, Kamran Pasha's is the second presentation in the new MENA-X (Middle East/North Africa Exchange) lecture series, happening every Thursday at the Levantine Cultural Center. MENA-X presents incisive talks with experts and guest moderators to help us better understand the complexities of life on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa. Moderated by Dr. Nile El Wardani.