On Tuesday, April 17th, over 40 students, faculty, and staff gathered in Davis Ballroom for an end of the semester Arabic program party. The event was organized by May George (Lecturer, Middle East Studies) and featured food from Taste of Lebanon Restaurant and live music while participants learned the Dabka, a traditional Lebanese dance.
Attendees viewed video projects created by students using WeVideo, a collaborative cloud-based video editing software. These presentations documented the students’ experience ordering food in Arabic with native speakers, as well as reflections on the Middle Eastern food they tried.
This event was funded by a KnowledgeLab mini-grant, which are available to support experiments in technology, services, and programming for the New Neilson library. While Neilson is closed and there currently isn’t a natural space on campus for events that present and celebrate student digital scholarship, KnowledgeLab mini-grants allow us to pilot and experiment in collaboration with students and faculty. Events like this allow us to build new partnerships while learning what sorts of spaces, physical, mental, and technological, we need to design for the New Neilson Library. Keep an eye out for more KnowledgeLab-sponsored events in the future!