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JLSA and MELSA schedule program to gain knowledge and appreciation of two cultures

April 09, 2010



PHOTO RELEASE - A contingent of Wayne Law students - along with Dean Robert M. Ackerman and Mrs. Ackerman - visited the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills as the first segment of a joint program created by the Jewish Law Students Association and the Middle East Law Student Association to foster greater familiarity with, awareness of and appreciation for the two cultures. The program included a guided tour of the museum, the nation's first Holocaust museum. The tour began with a history of the Jewish people and then proceeded chronologically from the emergence and rise of Nazi Germany and its propaganda through the Final Solution and the post-war world. The tour culminated with a special 40-minute session with a local survivor.

The second segment of the program featured a visit to the Arab American National Museum, the nation's first museum devoted to Arab American history and culture, located in Dearborn. This event featured a cultural competency workshop, which included a presentation on the Arab world, Arab Americans and Islam. The visit also included a guided tour of the museum, including the courtyard area that touches briefly on the history and contributions of the Arab-Islamic Empire, and the three permanent exhibits: Coming to America (immigration stories), Living in America (daily life here), and Making an Impact (famous Arab Americans).

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