Senator Risch and Family Visit the Legation

Ambassador Bush with Ambassador and Snator Risch

Ambassador Bush with Ambassador and Snator Risch

Sunday mornings at the Legation are usually very quiet, much like the sleepy streets of Tangier. This Sunday, however, we were honored by a special visit from Idaho Senator James E. Risch and his family. Ambassador Dwight Bush came from Rabat to meet the Risch’s and welcome them on their first visit to Morocco. The family decided to visit Tangier while on vacation in southern Spain. Vicky Risch, Senator Risch’s wife, felt drawn to the idea of visiting the Legation: “I read about the museum before coming to Spain and I just knew that I had to see it.”

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Graduation Celebration for the Women’s Program

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On Thursday TALIM held a graduation ceremony and celebration for the women in the Women’s Program that began in 1994.  Seventeen certificates were awarded for completion of the Arabic literacy class, 28 for sewing, and 14 for the cooking program, … Continue reading

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Request for proposals: 2016 AIMS Annual Conference in Tangier, Morocco

The American Institute for Maghrib Studies is seeking proposals for its 2016 annual conference. The annual AIMS conference is a signature event that brings together delegations of scholars from the US, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, as well as individual scholars from Mauritania and Libya.


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Funding Opportunities


Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program (FLTA)

MACECE is pleased to announce the competition for the FY 2016 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program (FLTA). MACECE is targeting both public and private school English teachers.

Those who have teaching experience in private schools or those who are in training to become English school teachers can apply directly to us by following the instructions that will be posted on the MACECE FB page here and on their website later today.

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New Images in TALIM’s Glass Negatives Collection

View of entrance facade with canons, figure in military regalia approaching

View of entrance facade with canons, figure in military regalia approaching

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

New images have been added to TALIM’s Glass Negatives Collection on Archnet. Currently there are approximately 250 images in the collection, currently representing a selection from five of the eighteen boxes in the full collection.  New images are added every week as they are cataloged, and scanning resumes this summer.

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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


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


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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