Middle Eastern American Heritage Celebration
August 2, 2010
Panel discussion: Conversations about Middle Eastern food, culture, and faith
Participants: Fatima Alber, M.S., chair, Outreach Committee, Muslim Educational Trust; Hala Gores, P.C., attorney at law, president, Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon; Linda Dalal Sawaya, artist and author of Alice’s Kitchen: Traditional Lebanese Cooking
Description: Food traditions vary throughout the world and are typically retained by immigrants in their new environments. Some culinary traditions relate to religious practices. In the Middle East, food is additionally associated with hospitality and expressions of friendship and caring. Understanding these customs is useful in providing patient-centric care. Three perspectives about the importance of food and its connections with faith and culture in the Middle East will be presented during this panel discussion. A special culinary treat will be served to all participants.
Participant Biographies: Fatima Albar, M.S., joined the Muslim Educational Trust (MET) team in 2005. She has been actively engaged in planning and implementing various MET events over the years. She also enjoys teaching high school students, and looks forward to seeing them blossom into active and effective community leaders. Albar earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and her master’s degree in computer science and engineering at OGI-OHSU, Oregon. Albar is currently a Ph.D. candidate in engineering and technology management at Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State University.
Hala Gores, P.C., is a Palestinian-American attorney who for over 21 years has devoted her law practice to representing individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Gores is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Gores is president of the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Oregon's diverse Arab American community. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center and the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Gores is a frequent speaker on issues of peace and justice in the Middle East and is an author and professional speaker on personal injury law.
Linda Dalal Sawaya is an artist, illustrator, designer, writer, teacher, cook, and gardener. Her work has appeared in international publications and has been exhibited in New York, California, Oregon, and Washington. She has a degree in Environmental Design from UCLA. She is the youngest daughter of Lebanese immigrants, who both came to the US from Douma, Lebanon. Sawaya's art is influenced by her rich cultural heritage, and her love of healthy food, cooking, writing, and gardening also derive from her parents whose Lebanese mountain village is known throughout Lebanon. Sawaya has cooked professionally; has taught Lebanese cooking classes and done many demonstrations and tastings at farmers' markets and other venues.
August 3, 2010
Event: Arab Cultural Exhibit
Description: The Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO), a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage and culture of Oregon’s diverse Arab-American community, proudly presents a cultural exhibit at Oregon Health & Science University. The exhibit showcases cultural artifacts, handicrafts, musical instruments, tribal rugs, traditional garments and traditional embroidery from some of the 22 Arab countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Among the objects exhibited will be traditional Palestinian dresses from different cities and villages in Palestine.
August 4, 2010
Presentation: Women in the Middle East
Presenter: Fatima Alber, M.S., chair, Outreach Committee, Muslim Educational Trust
Description: When dealing with the Islamic perspective of any topic, especially women’s issues, there should be a clear distinction between the normative teachings of Islam and the diverse cultural practices among Muslims, which may or may not be consistent with them. Many stereotypes follow the Muslim woman wherever she goes. This presentation focuses on some misconceptions related to Muslim women and spirituality, social life, education, marriage, and Hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women.
Presenter Biography: Fatima Albar, M.S., joined the Muslim Educational Trust (MET) team in 2005. She has been actively engaged in planning and implementing various MET events over the years. She also enjoys teaching high school students, and looks forward to seeing them blossom into active and effective community leaders. Albar earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and her masters degree in computer science and engineering at OGI-OHSU, Oregon. Albar is currently a Ph.D. candidate in engineering and technology management at Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State University.
August 5, 2010
Presentation: The impacts of Ramadan in patient care
Presenter: Anthony Cull, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, faculty member, Intercultural Psychiatry Program, OHSU
Description: This lecture will review the topic of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month of Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, many Muslims observe fasting rituals according to rules dictated by the Qur’an. Changes in food and medication intake have been shown to have a significant impact on medical conditions during Ramadan, creating potentially difficult situations and raising important questions for the culturally-sensitive health care provider. This lecture will cover the history and significance of Ramadan to the Muslim population, fasting rules, a review of many issues relevant for health care providers during this month, as well as recommendations for addressing these issues in treatment of Muslim patients.
Presenter Biography: Anthony Cull, M.D. serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and is faculty in OHSU's Intercultural Psychiatry Program (IPP), as well as spending time in other psychiatry clinics. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, an international professional association focused on cultural aspects of mental health and illness.