Chef Erik Hustad’s Visits the Legation

Chef Erik Hustad’s visit to Tangier was a wonderful way demonstrate the universal language of great food! Here are some YouTube highlights, including his visit to the Legation.  (in Arabic)

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TALIM and the 19th Annual Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts

10460338_1115315405149204_8681427560179151978_nTALIM is proud to once again support the Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts. “La Femme” is the theme of this year’s Salon, and TALIM will sponsor the participation of American author/historian Alison Baker, and Tangier-based American publisher, Elena Prentice. Please join us from May 6-10 to support this important celebration in Morocco’s literary capital, Tangier!

Thanks to the Institut français de Tanger, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, l’Association Tanger Région Action Culturelle (ATTRAC) and others for organizing this event.

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THERE ARE EYES ABOVE : A free musical / dance performance by Josephine Foster Ensemble

performanceSaturday, April 4  at 7:30pm in the Legation

en français
باللغه العربيه

Mediating between light and dark, between composition and improvisation, a cycle of Josephine Foster’s original music interspersed with adapted art songs will be played amongst the American Legation Museum. Patterns from the music and location are expanded through dance, becoming structural improvisations and sculptural situations.

Corresponding to this fantasian sequence are guest artists Gyda Valtysdottir, Nissa Nishikawa and Victor Herrero

Voice and strings by Josephine Foster
Classical guitar and Portuguese guitar by Victor Herrero
Voice and cello by Gyda Valtysdottir
Dance by Nissa Nishikawa

FREE ADMISSION

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En français
Josephine Foster nous livre un spectacle dans le musée de la Légation Américaine, qu’elle place au crépuscule, interprétant sa musique originale et des reprises, et faisant ainsi le pont entre la lumière et l’obscurité, la composition et l’improvisation. L’interaction entre la musique et l’emplacement se tisse à travers la danse, l’improvisation structurelle et la sculpture; en introduisant des musiciens et danseurs locaux.
Ce spectacle aura lieu en collaboration avec les artistes invités : Gyda Valtysdottir, Nissa Nishikawa et Victor Herrero.

Voix et cordes / Josephine Foster
Guitares classique et portugaise / Victor Herrero
Voix et violoncelle / Gyda Valtysdottir
Danse / Nissa Nishikawa

ENTREE LIBRE

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باللغه العربيه
تقدم لنا جوسفين فوستر عرضا بمتحف المفوضية الأمريكي، في الشفق لتجمع بين أغانيها الخاصة وأغاني مستعارة، بين الضوء و الظلام، بين التركيب و الإرتجال. يتكون التفاعل مع المكان عبر فقرات رقص و نحت و عروض مرتجلة مع فنانين يقطنون المدينة.
سيرافق جوزفين الفنانون الضيوف : جيدا فالتيسدوتير، نيسا نيشيكاوا و فيكتور إريرو

صوت و أوتار : جوزفين فوستير
قيثارة كلاسيكية و برتغالية : فيكتور إريرو
صوت و تشيلو : جيدا فالتيسدوتير
رقص : نيسا نيشيكاوا

الدخول مجاني

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Treasures to be discovered at the Legation

By Grecia Álvarez, MLIS, Guest blogger

Grecia, Dunya and Majda inside the rare books cage

Grecia, Dunya and Majda inside the rare books cage

When we started sifting through our collection to cull our rare books from the regular shelves and put them into their new home in “the cage” we never imagined we would find books dating from 1572, or even a parchment signed by King Philip II of Spain (Philip I of Portugal). In fact, we started out by pulling books dating from 1920 and earlier and soon found that our cage was overflowing, so that we had to cut back to books printed before 1911. Previously, these books were intermingled with our regular collection, which focuses mainly on Morocco, but it was decided that these books required special protection, and thus the cage, a small room with an iron gate, was born. Our rare books cover a breadth of topics, from early accounts of European exploration of the region, to government treatises, geographical studies, books signed by illustrious figures (including a book belonging to former Prime Minister of Spain Antonio Cánovas del Castillo). We even have copies of an 1889 edition of Washington Irving’s The Life of Mahomet and a first edition of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad. Continue reading

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Legation Featured on Inside Africa

This week CNN’s Inside Africa visits Tangier, Morocco, including TALIM, which appears around the 2:45 mark.  See the story online here:

Inside Africa

Inside Africa: Ancient port city acts as cultural hub

 

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March Events at the Legation

Below are the events happening this month at the Legation.  If you are in the area, we hope to see you there.

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. Movie Night “The Furies,” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Huston.

Thursday, March 12, 4 p.m. “Languages in the Maghrib,” Lecture by American anthropologist and author Dr. Kenneth Brown. In partnership with the Tangier American Language Center. Continue reading

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Architectural History of the Legation Now Available on Archnet

TALIM on Archnet

TALIM on Archnet

Section II, “Architectural and Historical Context and Significance” of the of the Historic Structure Report on the American Legation in Tangier, Morocco is now available on Archnet.  You can find it by going to the the page for TALIM and selecting the link above the description labeled “Publication.”

This section of the report explains the historical and architectural significance of the structure, beginning with a general diplomatic history of Tangier. It then provides a functional and architectural history of the Legation building, including the modifications to the building, starting when the United States and Morocco first began negotiations, through the acquisition of Legation in 1821, damage to the property during bombardments of Tangier, expansions by the consul in the 1920s, the role of the Legation during World War II, and finally the conversion into a museum in 1975-1976. Finally it ends with an assessment of the current condition of the property. It is illustrated with historic images and plans.

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CFP: AIMS Workshop on Linking Public Opinion and Political Action

Call for papers: AIMS Workshop on Linking Public Opinion and Political Action
May 30 – June 1, 2015 – Tunis, Tunisia

homepage_topWe invite applications for the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies to be held May 30 – June 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia.  This year the conference will be a workshop on the theme of “Linking Public Opinion and Political Action.”  The workshop aims to strengthen our understanding of the link between public opinion, elite behavior and outcomes.

There is often a gap between public attitudes and political outcomes. For instance, public opinion surveys show widespread support for democracy in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, but this support has not translated into smooth transition processes toward democracy. Similar gaps are found with regard to service provision, foreign policy and other outcomes, and the distance between preferences and outcomes varies across time, between countries and sub-regionally.
 There are several potential explanations for these gaps. It may be that elites remain unaware of public sentiment even when relevant polls exist, or they distrust the information that reaches them. It may also be that some segments of the public are more relevant than others, and elites respond to their interests. Or, potentially, that pressure from those with political connections or other competing interests overrides public concerns – at least in some places, at some times. Continue reading

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Marche de Noël at the Legation

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On December 13 TALIM hosted a Marche de Noël (Christmas Market), for the benefit of charities operating in Tangier.  Scroll down for a gallery of images from the event.  The participating organizations were: Tanger Accueil FTAM Les amis de la … Continue reading

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First Images from TALIM’s Collection of Glass Negatives Made Available on Archnet

Rue Portugal

One of the negatives depicting rue Portugal

Guest post by Michael A. Toler, Archnet Content Manager, AKDC@MIT

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) has recently made available via Archnet, a first batch of scans from TALIM’s collection of glass negatives dating back to the first decades of the 20th century and depicting various locations in the Mediterranean.

The collection of approximately 2,000 images is believed to be the work of photographer Paul Ruedi, a Spanish resident of the city of Tangier between 1900 to 1930. The collection of slides features more images of Tangier than any other city, but there are also numerous photographs of locations throughout Morocco, as well as sites in Algeria, France, Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean. To read more about the collection, click here.

The decision by AKDC@MIT to host the images on Archnet came out of a meeting that took place Continue reading

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