Honoring Moroccan and French who fought in WW I and II
Des invités français, marocains, et autres se sont réunis ce mardi orageux pour commémorer le jour de l’Armistice au Consulat de France à Tanger. Des écoliers ont chanté les hymnes nationaux de la France et du Maroc, et une couronne de fleurs a été posée pour honorer ceux de Tanger – français et marocains – qui ont fait le sacrifice suprême pendant la Première et la Seconde Guerres mondiales (plus de 40.000 Marocains ont combattu pour la France pendant la Première Guerre mondiale). C’était un honneur d’être parmi les invités. Continue reading
If you are looking to get an early start on some Christmas shopping, you can do it and support TALIM by purchasing copies of Enchantment. Pictures from the Tangier American Legation Museum, by Diana Wylie, on sale for $14.99 (regularly $35) in our web store, powered by Amazon.
All the proceeds from the sale of Enchantment benefit the TALIM, but the Legation will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any item purchased from the TALIM web store, and sometimes from unrelated items purchased during a visit to Amazon, if that visit began from a link on this blog or our web site. We have books, music and video, so enjoy your shopping. We also welcome suggestions for products to add.
Courtesy of Emmanuel Ponsart
Here are two photos from the November 3 performance of “Burroughs: The Tangier Letters” at the Espace Beckett. Performers Anne-James Chaton and Carolyn McDaniel gave readings in French and English of correspondence between William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. The letters ranged from ribald to hallucinogenic, mundane to shocking, and both performers movingly conveyed the wry genius of one of the 20th century’s most complex and controversial authors. Continue reading
(left to right): Iliass Khaddour, PHD Student civil engineering, Dr Abdessamad Bernoussi, Professor of Mathematics, John Davison, TALIM Director, Dr Greg White, Professor of Government, Hamadou Kamara, PHD Student Hydrology, Dr Mharef Amina, Professor of Hydrology, Dr Adil Alaoui, Professor of Civil Engineering, Yhtimad Bouziane, Associate Director TALIM
TALIM welcomed Smith College Professor of Government Gregory White to the Legation October 27 for an informal round table conversation with professors and researchers from Tangier’s Abdelmalek Essaadi University.
Participants engaged in lively exchanges about links between the environment and touristic and overall development of “Tangier Metropole,” an ambitious program to develop the Tangier region from Cap Spartel in the west to beyond the port of Tangier Med in the east. Continue reading
El Glaoui water colors in the McBey Gallery
Dear Friends of TALIM (Version française ci-dessous),
Some very exciting news. We have just transferred several paintings from one of Morocco’s most famous artists, Hassane El-Glaoui, from our library to our museum. Please visit us between Monday and Friday for an unforgettable opportunity to view many of this beloved artist’s works!
Chers amis de TALIM, Continue reading
Former Director Loftus opened the Legation to Zankat America
Thirty-one years ago last month, a group of sixty-plus Peace Corps trainees arrived in Rabat, following a nearly 24-hour trip from Philadelphia via Paris. It was already night as we drove in from the airport, and it was Ramadan. The streets were packed, but our bus eventually made its way to the Bulima Hotel in the center of Rabat. Unable to sleep, I wandered down Blvd Mohammed V to the medina, and entered a new world of sights, sounds and smells. Thus began my own “beautiful friendship” with Morocco.
After spending two years teaching English at Lycée Laymoune in Berkane (and also visiting the American Legation in 1984), I began a diplomatic career that took me from Guinea-Bissau to Singapore, Madagascar to Tunisia, Cairo to New York City, and finally Niger and New Delhi. Working subsequently for the United Nations also allowed me to work in lovely, lyrical Cape Verde. Now I’ve come full circle and will begin a new adventure as Director of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. Continue reading
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Tagged biography, Cultural Diplomacy, Director, John Davison, Museum, renovations, restorations
New “name cloud” exhibit listing literary & artistic friends of Paul Bowles who were drawn to Tangier
Can’t stop curating?
Well, I do have to stop – we’re getting on the ferry to Spain Friday morning! Friends have joked that I’ll still be at it tomorrow morning, mounting yet more exhibits while my wife waits in the car. Not true; I stopped this afternoon.
At the French Consulate’s 14 Juillet reception after we arrived in 2010, a Moroccan friend introduced me as the “nouveau conservateur” in what people in Tangier only knew then as the “Musée de l’Ancienne Légation Américaine.” I joked that I was no conservative… I was a Democrat!
But the point is that conservateur or curator was the way people thought of this position in this city. I thought that was a bit limiting – how about our research library? Our seminars? The Arabic literacy program? Etc. I also didn’t like that ancienne thing – made it sound like we were closed. Continue reading
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Tagged brand, conservateur, curator, Director, exhibits, Gerald Loftus, Legation, logo, Museum, Tangier
His Majesty King Mohammed VI
Paul Bowles Library of Congress
Moroccan Music Collection
Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies
It was the only way I could think of to get the opus of Morocco’s traditional music, recorded in 1959 by Paul Bowles and digitized by TALIM in 2010, into the hands of King Mohammed VI: have a leather presentation case made, embossed with the TALIM logo and dedicated to His Majesty.
US Ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush now has it, and will present it at an appropriate occasion. Morocco’s musical heritage will have been repatriated after more than fifty years in the vaults of the Library of Congress.
Cover by Robert McDonald, Tangier: The Golden Gateway (Tangier: Mediterranean American Press, 1952). Collection TALIM Research Library.
The following is a guest post by Emma Chubb, who made a presentation on her subject to a group of American, European, and Moroccan researchers and interested members of the public at TALIM on June 17. Emma Chubb is a doctoral candidate in art history at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois USA) and is a 2013-14 American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) fellow in Morocco.
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Guides and Gateways
I spent much of last fall reading through TALIM’s collection of guidebooks and tourism magazines published between the 1940s and 1970s. Perhaps it was because I too was a newcomer to Tangier, but these guides fascinated me. Some folded out like maps, mixing quirky tips for the European or American traveler to Tangier with black-and-white photographs and brightly colored illustrations. Continue reading