What's the Dual of "Prep School"?
Miranda Huson (pictured above) is learning a lot of Arabic this summer in our intensive class for beginners. In September she'll enter her sophomore year at St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco. Also in her class is Austin Foley, a graduate of St. Ignatius Prep in Sherman, TX. (We couldn't make this stuff up!) Austin is spending the summer in San Francisco studying Arabic before returning to Austin College this fall.
Across the Pond
Peter Jaques, one of our first students in 2001, is currently in Greece and Turkey on an ethnomusicology Fulbright. We're not entirely sure he's ever coming back! Meanwhile, Danny Stoian is finally returning to the US from Bahrain, where he's been living for several years.
Arabic: Just Can't Get Enough
probably broke a record at PAR last term when she took classes with three of our instructors at the same time: pronunciation with Rama, grammar with Maher and reading/writing with Nasser. Obviously, this was a great boost to her Arabic education. Some people can't get enough!
has been touring the country following the publication of her second book, Tribute
. She'll be back in town for a series of readings this fall, so check out her event schedule
and interview on KQED.
Youngest Members of our Community
Former student David Moles and his wife Meredith are now proud parents of Miriam, the newest addition to our community. Last year, regulars Lindsey Maclise and Ibrahim Almufti had a son, Bakr. Lindsey reports, "... the time we had at PAR was a success as our main goal was to be able to have our children learn some Arabic young. So for me to be able to read it to him is great." Coincidentally, Bakr was born on September 19, the same day former PAR registrar Sarah Ohring-Ffinch and her husband Simon had their daughter Alisha. Both sets of parents will be celebrating their babies' first birthday during the Fall 1 term.