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Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture: Reading the Arabesque

April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is honored to invite Mr. Kamal Boullata to deliver the Bi-Annual Kareema Khoury Distinguished Lecture. His presentation is entitled Reading the Arabesque.

Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. Born in Jerusalem in 1942, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C. As an artist, his abstract compositions which were once inspired by Arabic calligraphy evolved into purely geometric abstractions.

His lecture is based on his published studies on classical Arab art that were further developed following field research he conducted as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow in Morocco. It will focus on the correspondence between key features of Arabic grammar and the geometric structure of the arabesque.

Forty years ago, Kamal Boullata designed the distinctive CCAS logo, which features the words “The Arabs Today” in Arabic calligraphy and has remained a proud part of the Center for more than 40 years.


Kamal Boullata, Angelus I-1, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm
Courtesy: Meem Gallery

This lecture at Georgetown University is made possible in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.


The ICC Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. An ADA map is attached. If you have any further accommodations requests, please contact Azza Altiraifi at aa1967@georgetown.edu or 202-687-6215



Visitors should use 3611 Canal Road NW as the address when mapping directions using GPS. Detailed directions to the University can be found here. For parking, all University guests can park on campus in Southwest Garage. 

Parking is free on weekends, $5.00 per hour on weekdays.


April 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


ICC Auditorium 3700 O St NW Washington, DC 20057
Washington, DC United States


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