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NJIT Hosts Arab Awareness Week: Co-sponsored By Christian, Muslim and Jewish Students

WHAT: At a time when America is at war in the Middle East, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) hosts Arab Awareness Week – a celebration of Arabic culture, religion, history and science. The week, sponsored by the Arab Students Association, the Jewish Student Organization, the Christian Fellowship and the Muslim Students Association, bespeaks the civil diversity of the NJIT student body. Each day during the week of March 31 – April 4, students will set up tables that showcase aspects of Arab life.

WHO: NJIT students from the above groups will be available to talk to reporters.

WHERE: The events are held on the campus green or in the Hazell Student Center.


    * Tuesday, April 1. Arab Religions Day: Christian, Jewish and Muslim students from NJIT will discuss how their religions express themselves in Arab countries: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., on the campus green.

    * Wednesday, April 2. Arab History and Science Day: a celebration of Arab history, including the Ottoman Empire, as well as Arab contributions to math, astronomy and medicine: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., on the campus green.

    * Thursday, April 3. Arab Jeopardy Contest and Bake Sale: The jeopardy questions will all be based on Arab culture. The bake sale will include Arab dessert classics such as baklava: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Hazell Student Lounge.

    * Friday, April 4. Arab Barbeque: A barbeque with an Arab-twist: shish kebob, hummus, pita bread and other staples of Arab cuisine will be served: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Hazell Student Lounge.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.