Arabic coffee hour planned at BU

For immediate release: February 11, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — An evening of Arabic music, dance, discussion and coffee is planned for Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in Kehr Union's Multicultural Center at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The Arabic coffee hour is a forum where interested learners can practice the Arabic language, learn more about the culture and discuss issues related to the Arabic world. Julianne Tootell of the BU Arabic Club said, "Attendees should expect discussion on several topics regarding Arabic culture. Our meeting will also involve music and dance and we will have a musician from Allentown playing the Oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument."

The coffee hour allows students and participants to practice and learn with Arabic members of the community. "It also allows more in-depth discussions on culture topics that we are unable to fully discuss in class due to time limitations. It joins language and culture to enhance the student's diverse education," said Tootell, a senior political science major from Columbus, N.J.

The Arabic coffee hour is sponsored by the department of languages and cultures, the office of social equity, the Multicultural Center and the BU Arabic Club. The club, a new organization this semester, also will sponsor trips, future coffee hours and other events.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.