El Houssine Lahsini
El Houssine Lahsini
Morocco World News
Casablanca, May 24, 2012
On Wednesday, May 23 students from the English Department of the Faculty of Letters Ben M’SIK, in Casablanca, organized a cultural day under the motto “Crossing Bridges,” an event has been a celebration of cultural differences.
This historical event hosted students and professors from other departments, as well as visiting professors from other foreign universities. The dean of the faculty, Abdelmajid Kaddouri, gave an opening historical speech, in which he raised a counter-argument to clash of civilizations and cultural misunderstandings and students’ awareness of cultural coexistence.
Professor Mohammed Kandoussi, head of the English department, has also reiterated and emphasized the importance of promoting cultural communication, stating that the English department is not only for teaching language but also primarily for creating cultural bridges.
Two national and international public speaking winners gave speeches during the event. Aicha Zyane, won the national competition, and made history for Ben M’sik Faculty in 2010. She gave a speech about the master program “Moroccan American Studies.” It is a program which aims at forming future researches and culture mediators, capable of deconstructing and reconstructing cultural misrepresentations.
Amine Ait Mbarek, also made history for the faculty of letters in 2012, internationally represented Morocco in the public speaking competition, which took place in London. He gave a speech in which he shared his experience with students and professors. Jamal Saidi, an active master student who has been concerned with humanitarian voluntarism, shared his experience and work in the caravan of hope, providing people in isolated mountain areas with clothes, shelter and food. Other students have also talked about their voluntary experience, teaching English to primary school students.
The cultural day reflected the creativity of the English department’s students. Some performed a silent play, in which body-language was very central, that has portrayed alienated humanity by the means of opportunism and materialism. This, in fact, has kept nations away of thinking about humanism and the human race. The attendees were very satisfied and impressed by the play. What follows were the performance of two music bands, from the English department.
Their excellent song, It’s Not a Dream, reiterated and emphasized the importance of cultural coexistence. The event concluded by honoring the dean of the faculty, Kaddouri, and a Fulbright visiting professor.
This event actually distinguishes the Ben M’Sik English department and makes it unique. I studied in and visited some Moroccan universities, but I have not seen such activism in other faculties, like this one where a group of students are capable of creating a professional cultural day. This could become a model for other English Departments in other faculties.