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WHAT:             Media and Islam Presentation: “Thieves of Baghdad: Hollywood Revisits the Arabian Nights”


WHEN:             4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Lourdes M. Alvarez, CUA assistant professor of modern languages, will explore some of Hollywood’s classic films with Arabian themes as the first presentation in a three-part series on “Media and Islam.” In her talk, titled Thieves of Baghdad: Hollywood Revisits the Arabian Nights,” Alvarez will show short clips of several Hollywood classics and talk about how they reflected, propagated and occasionally challenged Western stereotypes of Arabs as rogues, thieves or liars. She’ll also discuss how society’s notions of the Orient, as reflected in these Hollywood films, have changed over time.


The series “Media and Islam” will examine the perceptions of Islam by the Western media as well as the emerging role of Al-Jazeera and other media in the Islamic world. Other talks in the series are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, March 8. The talks are free and open to the public.


SPONSORS:     Department of Media Studies

                        Department of Anthropology

                        School of Arts and Sciences


MEDIA:             To cover the event, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.






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