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​Welcome to the Center for Arabic Language and Culture (CALC) in Chicago, Illinois, housed at Lindblom Math and Science Academy.  CALC is an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization partnered with the Chicago Community Trust, Arts and Business Council of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the University of Chicago, and the Qatar Foundation International (QFI).  The Center serves Chicago's K-12 Arabic teachers and students, as well as the greater Chicagoland community.  The Center is a unique and revolutionary language and cultural center that supports existing (and future) Arabic programs throughout the Chicagoland area.


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مركز اللغة والثقافة العربية
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CENTER for ARABIC LANGUAGE and CULTURE



LATEST NEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, & EVENTS​

CALC, under the leadership and training of Lindblom Arabic teacher/coach, Fadi Abughoush, sent a team of 4 high school students (2 from Lindblom and 2 from Lincoln Park) back to Doha for the 3rd International Schools Arabic Debate Championship in early April. This was the third time in three years that CALC has sent students and teachers to Doha to debate against native Arabic speakers in Arabic! This year, our team won a round of debate! 

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On April 4, 2016, the Aspen Institute announced the 10 organizations awarded the two-year grant to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate in the global economy. CALC is a partner of the Chicago Sister Cities International's Casablanca Committee on the project! 

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"Teaching Arabic in Our Schools: Globalizing Education for Chicago's Next Generation," by Professor Brian Edwards, Roseanna Ander, and Sarah Herda.  Check it out here.

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Episode 10 of Inside CPS.
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Read the Chicago Community Trust's press release about the 2015 cohort of the SMART Growth grant.
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Our Executive Director, Tyler Blackwell, was featured in an article by CBS about the importance of world language education.  Check the story out here!

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Read the press release from Mayor Emanuel's Office after our meeting with him on April 28, 2014.

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The Chicago Public Schools recently wrote a great article about the Center and our Arabic Debate team's trip to Doha.  Read the story here.

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The Center was featured on the front-page of the Chicago Tribune on March 20, 2014!  Check out the story here.

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​​Mayor Emanuel met with the Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Rachad Bouhlal in Chicago on March 19, 2014.  During their meeting, they discussed creating new exchanges between students in Chicago and Casablanca.  The Mayor specifically discussed CALC and the work it is doing!  See the press release here.

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Check out a recent article by CALC's Director, Tyler Blackwell, about K-12 Arabic:


​"Why Every American Student Should Have The Opportunity To Study Arabic," The Arab Daily News


CHICAGO STORIES TO FOLLOW

​On April 4, 2016, the Aspen Institute announced the 10 organizations awarded the two-year grant to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate in the global economy. CALC is a partner of the Chicago Sister Cities International's Casablanca Committee on the project! 

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On June 22, 2015, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted an event to showcase the projects of their 2015 class of Emerging Leaders.  One particular project was particularly important to the work CALC is doing here in Chicago.  The project, written by Professor Brian Edwards (Northwestern), Roseanna Ander (Founder and Director of the Crime & Urban Education Labs at the University of Chicago), and Sarah Herda (Executive Director of the Graham Foundation), is entitled, "Teaching Arabic in Our Schools: Globalizing Education for Chicago's Next Generation."  CALC's ED helped research and provide guidance on this project and CALC receives some excellent coverage for its work.  Check it out here.

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On May 19, CALC hosted a wonderful event showcasing the local talent of four Chicago Public Schools' high school Arabic World Language Program students.  The gallery night was entitled, "Thuluth: A Night of Arabic Calligraphy - Showcasing Chicago Public Schools Students' Arabic Calligraphy Artwork."  Check out the flier here.  CALC hosted the event in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Chicago Art Department.  The critically acclaimed band, Salaam, performed.

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In a continuation of CALC's partnership with the QatarDebate Center, CALC trained two Arabic debate teams during this academic year and sent them (8 students and 2 coaches total) to Doha in March 2015 to debate in Arabic against all native Arabic speaking teams. The two teams were from Lindblom Math & Science Academy and Lincoln Park High School.  This story was covered by the Chicago Public Schools and was featured in Episode 10 of Inside CPS.  Check it out here.

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CALC and CMES is very excited to welcome Salaam back to Chicago from May 19-21.  They will be performing a series of educational performances at schools across Chicago.  More to follow closer to their "educational tour."

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Check out our Spring 2015 Newsletter here.

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CALC, in partnership with the Oriental Institute and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will be co-sponsoring a professional development workshop on April 18th entitled, "Geometry and Islamic Arts."  This workshop is part of our larger partnership with these two organizations for our inaugural "Calligrapher-in-Residence" program.  Our Executive Director, Tyler Blackwell, will be leading a break out session with CMES' Outreach Coordinator, Alex Barna.  Using objects in "A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo" (a special exhibit at the OI) and excerpts from Islamic literature as the primary sources, teachers will explore the relationships between the Islamic religion, arts, and geometry. 

Presenter: Tasha Vorderstrasse, Oriental Institute research associate & co-curator of A Cosmopolitan City

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CALC is one of 31 small, community-based arts and culture organizations to receive the prestigious and competitive Chicago Community Trust's SMART Growth program!  We are truly excited about and honored by this amazing recognition of our work, as well as the wonderful opportunities ahead of us to improve upon our current management practices by working with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago.  Thank you to the Chicago Community Trust for this humbling recognition.  We cannot wait to get started, nor can we wait to meet the rest of the 2015 cohort!

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On February 21, CALC will be co-hosting a professional development workshop at the Newberry Library from 9am-3pm.  The workshop is entitled, "New Approaches to the 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on North Africa and the Middle East," and is the result of a partnership between CMES and the Newberry.  Please click here for more information.

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Check out our second newsletter, "Off To A Great Start!", here!

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Check out our first newsletter here!

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CALC is pleased and thrilled to announce the newest member of the Board of Trustees, Aida Araissi.  Aida is the Founder and CEO of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board, which will an invaluable addition to fulfilling our mission and vision.  Ahlan wa sahlan ya Aida!


Read the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce's article about Aida joining our Board here.

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CALC, the University of Chicago's CMES, and the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Language & Cultural Education (OLCE) hosted Dr. Wafa Hassan at CALC on May 31, 2014 for a Professional Development focusing on teaching world languages within the Common Core.  It was a successful event with over 40 in attendance.  Please find resources from the workshop below:


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Read Mayor Emanuel's Letter of Support for the Center for Arabic Language & Culture here.  It's an incredible message of support from our City's Mayor.  Thank you, Mayor Emanuel and to his wonderful staff!  We look forward to our continued partnership and collaboration with the Mayor and his team!  

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On April 28, our Arabic Debate team that went to Doha met with Mayor Emanuel at his office at City Hall.  The meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the trip, the debate competition, and why students from all over Chicago should be afforded similar opportunities.  


The Mayor's Office released this press release after our meeting, accompanied by a couple great photographs (see our Twitter feed below for those photographs).  


Mayor Emanuel said he was proud of the students, of CALC, and of Lindblom and looked forward to helping the K-12 Arabic education world grow in the Chicagoland area.  Thank you, Mayor Emanuel!

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The Chicago Public Schools' communications and media team recently visited the Center and our Arabic debate team.  They wrote an article, featured on the front of CPS' website, about the Center and the team's participation in the International Schools Arabic Debate Championship in Doha.  Check it out here.  We were so proud to represent the Chicago Public Schools.

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Check out the video from our trip to Doha.

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The Center took four students from the Chicago Public School Lindblom Math & Science Academy to Doha from March 20-27, 2014.  The students debated in Arabic against native Arabic speakers from 22 Arab League states, in addition to Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore.  They performed heroically and were an incredible representation of the promise of K-12 Arabic instruction in the United States.


The story was covered by ABC Channel 7 News on March 20 at 10:00 pm, as well as featured on the front-page of the Chicago Tribune!


Check out the Tribune story here.

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Mayor Emanuel met with the Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Rachad Bouhlal in Chicago on March 19, 2014.  During their meeting, they discussed creating new exchanges between students in Chicago and Casablanca.  The Mayor specifically discussed CALC and the work it is doing!


See the press release here.

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Check out a recent article by CALC's Director, Tyler Blackwell, about K-12 Arabic:


​"Why Every American Student Should Have The Opportunity To Study Arabic,The Arab Daily News