The Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America will hold their annual joint convention Dec. 24-28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. This year's theme is "Muslims, Citizens of the West: Rights, Duties and Prospects." Confirmed speakers include Dr. Jamal Badawi and University of Maryland Professor Louis Cantori. Register online at , or call MAS at (816) 765-8383 or ICNA at (718) 658-1199.
6th Annual Arab American Student Conference
The Union of Arab Student Associations will hold its national conference for Arab-American students Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Hundreds of young students from across the country will gather at George Washington University in Washington, DC to network, discuss pressing issues, coordinate efforts on a national level, and plan an agenda and strategy for the year. UASA hopes to mobilize Arab-American students in order to launch efforts to organize and contribute during the upcoming election year. To register for the conference, visit .
Call for Papers on the Middle East or Central Asia
The Middle East Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington (Seattle) invites presentation proposals for its 2004 regional seminar on the Middle Bast. The seminar is convened to enable faculty who teach about the Middle Bast at regional two- and four-year colleges to present their latest research on and teaching strategies for the Middle East and Central Asia. Both individual and panel presentations are encouraged. Some travel funds are available for presenters. Send or e-mail the title of the proposed presentation, along with a short (50-75 words) abstract by Feb. 20. Contact Felicia Hecker at or (206) 543-4227.
Chat with Palestinian Students
A group of Palestinian students from AnNajah National University in Nablus, Palestine are interested in chatting with people from all over the globe to discuss their current situation in Palestine and explore social, psychological and economic dynamics. Interested persons are invited to add the group's e-mail address to their Microsoft Network (MSN) Messenger list. To log in to their chat forum and contribute comments or questions about life in Palestine visit: .
CAIR Interactive Training Tool
The Council on American-Islamic Relations New York chapter has launched a "Community Leadership Course" on CD-ROM. The product is an interactive computer-based training course by experts and community leaders who cover different aspects of activism-including civil liberties, event planning, leadership, media relations, political empowerment and public speaking. The cost of the CD is $15 plus $3.85 priority shipping. To order, visit or call (212) 870-2002.
Former Mauritanian president Moktar Ould Daddah, 79, died Oct. 15 in a Paris hospital. No cause of death was reported. The "founding father" of Mauritania, Daddah ruled the West African nation from when it gained independence from France in 1960 until he was ousted by a coup in 1978. His 1975 decision to sign an agreement that divided mineral-rich Western Sahara between Mauritania and Morocco sealed his political fate, as Western Sahara separatists, the Polisario Front, fought for independence. …