ARABAM 311 - Arab American Studies and the Humanities
Section: 002 Camels, Kabobs, and Kahlil Gibran: Arab American Cultural Studies
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Arab American Studies (ARABAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Camels, Kabobs, and Kahlil Gibran will investigate Arab American cultural identity through the objects, events, and institutions that have created and maintained Arab American “culture” since the late 19th century. Some of the driving questions of the course will be: Is there a specific Arab American “Arabness”? Why is ethnic food an important area of analysis? How do Arab American artists and institutions define and produce Arabness? How and why does Arab American cultural identity change?

The course will be divided into three parts. The first part, “Serving Arabness,” will present the role of ethnic food in the creation and maintenance of identity. The second part, “Performing Arabness” will focus on public enactments of Arab American identity through food, religion, and artistic expression. We will end the course with “Exhibiting Arabness” investigating how museums and cultural institutions present culture to the public.

ARABAM 311 - Arab American Studies and the Humanities
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002 (LEC)
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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