NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera Satellite Channel’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief, will deliver Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Hardman Lecture this fall, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.  

This lecture event, “Media Portrayal of Islam,” is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment. It is free and open to the public.

Foukara is host of “Min Washington,”a weekly show about American politics and culture. One of the Arab world’s most successful and influential programs, “Min Washington,” which is presented from Washington, D.C., offers an in-depth and well-informed analysis of United States’ affairs and their impact on North Africa and the Middle East.

A veteran journalist with unique insight into United States and Middle East politics, Foukara brought his voice to the U.S. media’s coverage of the Arab Spring, and provided clarity and context. In addition, he has appeared as a commentator on “Face the Nation,” CNN, and NPR, among others. 

Time Magazine featured Foukara in its Feb. 22, 2011, issue as part of its focus on Al Jazeera’s coverage of the region’s dramatic changes. Later that year, his lecture on those changes at the Henry Knox Museum in Rockland, Maine, helped the fundraising event to gross more than $50,000.

A native of Morocco, Foukara previously served as the head of Al Jazeera’s New York Bureau’s United Nations office, as a correspondent for the BBC World Service, and for Public Radio International’s “The World.”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.


For more information, go to