The fifth annual Arabic Culture Night this evening offers the Notre Dame community an opportunity to explore foreign cultures through student performances entirely in Arabic. Ghada Bualuan, director of the Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Classics and Program of Arabic Languages, said the event offers an important dimension to the study of Arabic beyond learning in the classroom. “We do teach culture in classrooms, but this is a small cultural experience to engage [students] with the culture so they can connect,” she said. “Culture is not only history and civilizations that they read in class, but it’s also the language they speak, the songs they sing, the poetry they recite.” This years’ program offers a special focus on the Arab Spring protests, she said. Senior Joe Dufour, president of Arabic Club, said multiple performances address this significant international development. “This year the biggest influence has been the Arab Spring,” he said. “We incorporated this major political, cultural and social event.” Dufour said his contribution, “The Dictator,” is a ten-minute play that addresses the revolutions of last year in a lighthearted manner. “The Arab Spring was very big this year, and we thought it would be relevant to do a satirical play on life under dictatorship,” he said. “It has a powerful message in addition to being comedic.” Bualuan said the poetry readings selected for tonight will also address the Arab Spring with controversial Syrian poetry. “It’s the poetry of revolution,” she said. One poem was banned in Syria because it spoke against the dictator, a harsh regime, and a lack of freedom of speech and expression,” she said. “The other poem is a cry calling Arabs to unite together.” Students participating in the event have taken leadership in writing, choreographing and film editing, involving themselves with the event more than ever before, Dufour said. Dufour also said solo and duet vocal performances will showcase the advanced language ability of students. “To have three students singing in Arabic, which is hard enough to speak, but to sing and do it well, is amazing,” he said. Bualuan said she hopes both students and families enjoy the event. “We try to reach out to the community because there is a large community of native Arabs in Michiana,” she said. Even those who do not speak Arabic or study the Middle East can appreciate tonight’s performances, Bualuan said. “Anyone who has any interest in the Middle East, is intrigued by the culture and politics of the Arab World or just wants to get a better sense of what it means to be Arab should come,” she said. “Arabs never cease to produce music, literature and other forms of culture infused with life experiences in time of prosperity and in hardship.” She said the interconnectedness of societies is best learned from immersion in another culture. “We all share the same humanity. We all seek happiness, peace and fulfillment,” Bualuan said. “We want people to connect with … what they’re feeling, facing and what challenges they have.” The Arabic Culture Night will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium at Mendoza. Admission is free.
On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 262 points. Fueling the rally is the hopes of a return to normal economic activity with an effective Covid-19 vaccine. The small cap Russell 2000 also outperformed, gaining 1.75%.The S&P 500 fell 0.14%. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 1.4%, with Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet all closing in the red.Following Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement about their more than 90% effective Covid-19 vaccine, investors moved out of technology names and stay-at-home stocks and into cyclical stocks that hinge upon a recovering economy.- Advertisement – Both the Dow and S&P 500 hit intraday record highs on Monday, but closed off their highs. The Dow is up about 4% this week.The energy sector is up 17% this week, as oil prices gain on hopes of improving demand. The financial sector has risen about 9% since Monday.The vaccine and antibody drug news comes as the United States once again topped its prior day record of daily new Covid infections, on a seven-day average, while also crossing the bleak milestone of more than 10 million cases nationwide on Monday. The seven-day average of daily new cases Monday was 108,964, a 37% increase from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement – U.S. equity futures rose slightly in overnight trading on Tuesday, amid this week’s rotation out of technology stocks into cyclical names.Dow futures rose 70 points. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2% and 0.14%, respectively.- Advertisement – “The leadership rotation away from technology and Fangs toward broader market plays including small caps, cyclical sectors and international stocks strengthened for a second consecutive day,” Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, told CNBC.“Since the vaccine announcement before yesterday’s open, investors have been selling ‘stay at home stocks,’ mostly technology and communications, and buying ‘economy re-opening stocks.’ The continuation of this trend today has only convinced more investors this new trend may persist,” he added.Eli Lilly’s antibody drug was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use late Monday. The agency said the drug could be used to treat mild-to-moderate cases of Covid-19 in patients who are older than 12 years old.- Advertisement –
Andy Murray admits he needs to find the right balance between aggression and conservatism if he wants to become a consistent player again.The British No1 was comprehensively beaten in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 by Croatian teenager Borna Coric, who advances to the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.It continues a run of indifferent form which has also seen the Australian Open finalist lose in the quarter-finals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam to Gilles Simon.And the Scot believes his decision-making needs to improve in regards to when he should be aggressive, and when he should opt for a safer shot.“I rushed in both matches and made too many errors early in rallies and this affected my style of play,” Murray told the media after his last-eight defeat.“I was going for too much sometimes, and in others I was playing six meters behind the baseline. So there was no sort of balance there.“That’s something I’m going to have to figure out, especially when I’m not hitting the ball as well as I would like to. “If you’re trying to play aggressive tennis and you’re not hitting the ball that well, you need to know how when to back-off a little and play high percentage tennis.“That’s happened to me in the last couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to adjust very well.”Murray failed to earn a single break point and made 55 errors against Coric, who became the first teenager to reach the Dubai semi-finals since Rafael Nadal as a 19-year-old in 2006.However, the British number one praised his opponent’s performance and thinks the Croatian has a bright future ahead of him.Murray added: “He’s stronger now and he is serving with greater accuracy and power. He is also defending the court much better and his decision making has definitely improved.”