Grand Valley will host the Michigan Model Arab League on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14.
Sponsored by Middle East Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Padnos International Center, the event will bring in students and faculty members from nine other institutions.
The event helps students learn first-hand about the politics and history of the Arab world, and the arts of diplomacy and public speech as participants role play as delegates from the 23 member states of the Arab League. In addition to committee meetings, scheduled activities include a guest speaker and a Middle Eastern dinner and entertainment.
Ali Younes, CNN correspondent, will give a keynote address on the Arab Spring at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. The campus community is invited to attend.
Model Arab League is supported by the National Council on US-Arab Relations.