Through Kennesaw State University’s Year of Morocco (YoM), students will have the opportunity to visit Morocco, experience its hospitality, and learn first-hand about what makes the country and its people unique. Examining themes such as colonialism, conflict, identity, language, migration, development and sustainability, the program brings an awareness of and appreciation for Morocco directly to the campus community through numerous events and special coursework. As part of this effort, students enrolled in a senior level Graphic Arts course designed our YoM logo (pictured right) that incorporates symbolism from the Moroccan flag, Amazigh culture, and the Khomisa hand, representing welcome-ness and good fortune.
Throughout the academic year, Year of Morocco programs will bring people together to discuss and experience unique features of the country’s society and culture, including popular aspects such as cuisine and music. For example, we will host a performance by Innov Gnawa. Gnawa ritual trance music has its roots with enslaved soldiers brought to Morocco from sub-Saharan West Africa, and reflects the trauma of displacement, worship of ancestral spirits, tradition of praise songs, and sufi mysticism. We sincerely hope that students, faculty, staff and the local community will take full advantage of the many rich opportunities provided to learn about and appreciate all that Morocco has to offer.