The Knoxville News Sentinel and WATE highlighted UT’s third Arab Fest that aimed to exposed event goers to the vibrant culture of the Middle East, which is often in the headlines only for tragedy.
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The third annual UT Arab Fest kicks off on Friday, October 21. The festival will include presentations from an extensive list of performers as well as cultural demonstrations.
The News Sentinel interviewed Erin Darby for a story about a new exhibit that features the photos of Syrian refugee children taken by a local man. The paper noted that Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, knows firsthand how seeing the faces of refugees can change someone. She often takes her students to Jordan for excavation projects and
Robert and Erin Darby’s ‘Ayn Gharandal archaeological project was a perfect fit for Coral Thayer, a sophomore studying classical archaeology.
The second annual Arab Fest will be held October 22-24 and aims to bring Arab traditions to the UT and local community. The News Sentinel wrote a story about the event.
A talk by Jack Shaheen, an award-winning writer and lecturer who specializes in addressing racial and ethnic stereotypes, will kick off the second annual Arab Fest.
Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history, talked to the News Sentinel earlier this month about the destruction of antiquities in Palmyra, Syria, by the group Da’esh, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The couple conduct research in the area and are the directors of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan. The Times Free Press in Chattanooga also published the story.
UT’s inaugural Arab Cultural Fair and academic symposium kick off this weekend with museum displays of Arabic art and other cultural demonstrations.
“Divorce, Incest, and Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East” will be discussed in a March 27 seminar sponsored by UT and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and is free and open to the public. Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Raphe Panitz, adult education coordinator at Heska Amuna Synagogue, will lead the seminar, which will explore divorce, incest, and adultery in the laws of ancient Israel and its neighbors and will compare these ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee.
“Marriage and Family in Biblical Law” is the theme of a three-part seminar that kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27. The seminar series, which continues on March 27 and April 24, is sponsored by UT and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. The seminar will be held at Arnstein Jewish Community Center. The seminar is free and open to the public.