Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 1992, Page 97
The Palestine Aid Society will sponsor its fourth annual Walk for Human Rights and a Free Palestine on June 6 in 16 U.S. and 5 Canadian cities. For complete information, call the appropriate PAS regional office: Washington, DC, (202) 728-9425; New York, (212) 385-4233; Los Angeles, (818) 797-0040; San Francisco, (415) 340-8978.
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations will hold its annual convention June 4-7 at the Vista International Hotel in New York City. A convention package is available from ATAA, 1522 Connecticut Ave. NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 483-9090.
The Middle East Institute will present a daylong conference "Din wa Dawla a Danger? Islamism in the Middle East," with panels on Islamism in perspective and in practice, June 9, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusets Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free to MEI members and students, $5 for others. For complete information contact MEI, 1761 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 785-1141.
Middlebury College's School of Arabic will celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding a three-day symposium on "The Teaching of Arabic in the 1990s: Issues and Directions," June 18-20. For information contact Mahmoud Al-Batal, Dept. of Near Eastern & Judaic Languages and Literature, 305 Cox Hall, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, phone (404) 727-6438, fax (404) 727-0251.
The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies will hold its 1992 Annual Conference July 8-10 at the University of St. Andrews. The central theme of the conference is the history of democratic experiment in the Middle East, including North Africa. For information contact Dr. R. A. Kimber, Dept. of Arabic, University of St. Andrews, Fife, U.K. KY16 9PH.
The Critical Languages and Area Studies Consortium will sponsor a three-week Arabic Teacher Training Program for teachers in the greater Chicago area. For more information contact Mohammed Issa, Professor of Arabic, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, (708) 491-5288.
"In the Language of Stitches: Folk Embroideries of India and Pakistan," featuring more than 70 embroidered costumes, bags and hangings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will be on exhibit through July 27 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, Washington, DC 20008, (202) 667-0441.
"When Kingship Descended from Heaven: Masterpieces of Mesopotamian Art from the Louvre," an exhibition of 32 ancient statues and artifacts never before seen in the U.S., is on view through Aug. 9 at the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20560, (202) 357-2700.
"Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans," featuring more than 270 objects from the Topkapi Palace, is on exhibit through Aug. 16 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 576-1200.
Awards and Appointments
George R. Salem, a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Akin, Gump, Hauer and Feld, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of Arab-American political and humanitarian efforts in America. A former solicitor of the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the first Palestinian-American to receive a presidential appointment, Salem is a co-founder of the Arab-American Institute, co-founder and national treasurer of United Palestinian Appeal, and a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Arab Americans.
The 1992 King Faisal International Prizes have been awarded to Professor Attilio Maseri of Italy (Medicine); Dr. Sydney Brenner of England (Science); Professors Muhammad Mustafa Badawi, Abdul-Fattah Shukri Ayyad and Muhammad Yousuf Najm (Arabic Literature); and Dr. Hamed Al-Ghabid of Niger, secretary-general of the Islamic Conference Organization (Service to Islam).
President Bush has nominated Kenton Keith, a career foreign service information officer now serving as counselor for public affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, as the U.S. ambassador to Qatar. He will replace Ambassador Mark Hambley, who, upon completion of his tour in Qatar, will become U.S. consul general in Jeddah.
C. Edward Bernier has been named counselor for press and cultural affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh. He replaces Alan Gilbert, whose next assignment will be with the U.S. Information Agency in Washington.
Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray died April 23 in Calcutta of heart ailments, at the age of 70. He had recently received an Academy Award for lifetime achievement in cinema and the Indian awards for best film and director for his 1991 movie "Agantuk" ("The Visitor"). His 1955 film, "Pather Panchali," was the first of more than 30 in a career spanning nearly four decades.
Palestinian leader Abdel-Muhsen Abu Meizar died April 3 in Damascus of a heart attack, at the age of 62. Formerly chief editor of the official newspaper of Syria's Ba'th Party, he held several leadership positions in the PLO and was a member of the Palestine National Council and the Palestine Central Council. In the 1980s he broke with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and joined the Damascus-based Palestine National Salvation Front.
Archeologist George F. Dales Jr., who worked at sites in Iraq and Pakistan, died March 21 of cancer in Berkeley, CA, at the age of 64. A graduate of the University of Akron who received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, he directed the only American team authorized by the Pakistani government to excavate at the Indus Valley site of Harappa. He began his career at Nippur, in southern Iraq, in 1957 and later worked in the ruins of Mahenjo Daro in West Pakistan, about which he wrote a book. A professor of archeology at the University of California at Berkeley, he had taught previously at the Universities of Toronto and Pennsylvania.