Middle Eastern Art & Culture

Throughout history, the city of Bethlehem in Palestine has been a site of wonder, amazment, blessings, tragedy, struggle, and survival.


Everyone recognizes Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus, few know that the city has a rich modern culture as well.


Today, the area including Bethlehem and its surrounding villages is

  • home to 100,000 people,
  • the site of three refugee camps,
  • and four generations of refugees. 


Bethlehem Beyond the Wallis a traveling exhibit of the Museum of the People of Palestine. It seeks to show the city through the eyes of people who have lived there for centuries. 


Now, Bethlehem is coming to the Bronx!


  • Monday, Feb. 19 Opening Reception 5:30pm-7:00pm, Kelly Commons 5A (exhibition space)


  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 Manhattan College Faculty Panel 5:30pm, Kelly Commons 5B
  • Karen Nicholson, PhD - Dean, School of Education & Health
  • Musa Jafar, PhD - Associate Professor of Business Analytics & CIS
  • Nefertiti Takla, PhD - Assistant Professor, History
  • James Freeman, PhD - Adjunct Professor in Sociology 


  • Monday, Feb, 26 Artist talk with Elias Halabia freelance photographer and art exhibitor with a skillful lens for socio-cultural interpretation, specializing in Socio-Arts focused photography based out of Bethlehem, Palestine.


  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 Across the Divide Film screening, sponosred by the Muslim Student Association @ 5:00pm, Kelly Commons 5B. This is a documentary produced by Salt & Light Media Foundation, Toronto, Canada. It depicts the societal role and impact the faculty and students of one of our Lasallian Catholic universities, Bethlehem University, located in Palestine. 


  • "Across the Divide tells the remarkable, provocative story of the first Catholic Institution of Higher Learning in Palestine. Against all odds, Bethlehem University has become a school of justice and peace in the Holy Land, and a real bridge among many different groups of people: Arab and Israeli, Christian, Muslim and Jew," says Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation. "In a part of the world that has known so much conflict, animosity, monologue and despair, the Catholic Church's presence through Bethlehem University has offered a model of peace, friendship, dialogue and hope for the world."

    Movie Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7zuzMHsF8  

    Movie Trailer #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtvcKZd6nNg


Generous support for the exhibition was also provided by the Manhattan College Community including: Accounting, CIS and Law; Campus Ministry and Social Action; Events Management; Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center; International Studies; Manhattan College Archives; Marketing and Communications; Modern Languages and Literature; the Multicultural Center; Muslim Student Association; L.O.V.E. Palestine; Office of Mission; O’Malley Library; Peace Studies; Physical Plant; Psychology; Sanctus Artem; School of Business; School of Education; Sociology; Urban Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts.


Mon, Feb. 19 – Tuesday, Feb. 27
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Kelly Commons, 5A
4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale NY
Monday through Saturday
For more info: manhattan.edu/bbtw

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