The Lewiston Auburn Senior College Community Program, in partnership with the Auburn Public Library, plan to hold a class, “Inside the Medina of Fez, Morocco.”

This class is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Auburn Public Library. This and all of the programs in this series are held in the Androscoggin Community Room on the ground floor of the library at 49 Spring St.

This class will introduce the Moroccan city of Fez, and its oldest quarter, the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only intact medieval city in the Arab world. Considered the imperial and spiritual capital of Morocco, the Fez Medina is a jewel of history, culture, artisan crafts, and architecture, according to a news release from Susan Brown, public relations with the senior college.

People can learn about some of Fez’s famous citizens, including Fatima al-Fihri, who in 859 CE used her inheritance to found the Qarawiyyin Mosque and University, which still stands today.

Kay Hardy Campbell, a midcoast Maine resident and lifelong student of Arabic language, culture, history and music, is the instructor. Campbell majored in Arabic at the University of Minnesota and earned a master’s degree from Harvard in Middle Eastern studies.

She lived in Saudi Arabia for several years, and writes about Arab culture for Armco World Magazine. Her first novel, “A Caravan of Brides,” is set in the world of Saudi women.


Campbell has published several articles about the folk music and folk dances of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, and is a director and co-founder of the Arabic Music Retreat.

The Medina is the setting for Campbell’s novel, “The Sons of Fez: A Moroccan Time Travel Adventure.”

For more information, call the library’s reference desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.


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