Inspired by the African Culinary Heritage Conference in November of 2014, Boise State University collaborated with Tidwell Social Work Services & Consulting, Inc. to form the Community Unbound Project, a committee dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding, healing, and community building in the city of Boise. This Friday (October 9th), CUP presents The Arab World in Idaho: Food Innovation & Culture, a conference that will explore how Arabic food has traveled and evolved in the American high desert, simultaneously affecting culture, tradition, family, and community well-being .
Paralleling last year’s conference model, CUP will offer free workshops and panels all day long at the Student Union Building of BSU, as well as a fun-filled evening event at Zion’s Bank for just $40 per person. The Friday conference boasts a keynote address from comedian Dean Obeidallah, two workshops (including a presentation on Syria Today and Yesterday), Henna painting during breaks, a multicultural student panel, and a free Taste of Nations lunch. And, if that’s not enough for you, the evening event is sure to please: dinner provided by The Goodness Land and Kibrom’s, an address from the immigration attorney Kathy Railsback, a fashion show from members of the Arab community, an Arabian Nights Dance Show, and stand-up comedy from Dean Obeidallah. The proceeds from the evening event will go to the local chapter of HROC: Healing and Rebuilding Communities as well as the Boise International Market.
To view the conference program and to buy tickets for the evening event, click here. We hope to see you there!