Online Speaker Series

Center for Arabic Culture Presents

CAC Online Speaker Series

Part of its efforts to build a well informed community and hold exciting and crucial discussions, over monthly online events, CAC is happy to welcome distinguished speakers to discuss cultural and social topics that matters to the community. Discussions will be live and participants will be asked to RSVP. Once registered, participants will receive a link to access the lecture online.

Saturday May 30, 2020 @ 12 noon- 1:30 pm

With Health Coach Farah Elhadidy

Natural Ways To Strengthen Your Immune System

RSVP is required by May 28, 2020. To RSVP please email

Once you RSVP, we will send you a link to the online meeting.

During the talk on May 30, Farah will discuss natural ways to strengthen your immune system through nutrition and healthy lifestyle. She will share best practices, tools and resources to optimize your health by giving the body the essential fuel it needs to perform. With the news buzzing about COVID-19, it's more important than ever to build your body up... as naturally as possible.

Farah Elhadidy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and founder of Wellness Within Your Reach; a wellness website ( and blog to empower people in areas of health, nutrition and lifestyle. Educated at George Mason University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Farah helps high-achieving women and men reach their health goals and find their balance. Farah has helped hundreds of clients around the world through private coaching, online programs and her blog.


Saturday May 2, 2020 @ 12:00- 1:30 pm

Professor Nadia Abuelezam

Professor Nadia will be discussing "The Health of Arab Americans in the era of COVID-19"

RSVP is required to by Friday May 1, 2020 at 6 pm

During the talk on May 1, Dr. Abuelezam will discuss the ways in which Arab Americans are vulnerable to the threat of COVID-19 and discuss the general health issues facing Arab populations in the United States. She will also discuss her ongoing projects in Arab American health and provide opportunities for engagement.

"Nadia N. Abuelezam, Sc.D. is an assistant professor at the Connell School of Nursing and an epidemiologist. Dr. Abuelezam was trained in infectious disease epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has expertise in mathematical modeling, data analytic approaches in public health, and mitigating health inequities for vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on understanding health risks in hard to reach populations, including immigrants. The goals of her program of research are to use quantitative methods and novel data streams to better understand inequities in health outcomes and healthcare access in resource poor settings and vulnerable populations.




Saturday April 25, 2020 @ 2:00- 3:30 pm

Dr. Mawya Shocair, MD, FACP, FNKF

Dr. Shocair will be discussing the relationship between the body and the mind and the role of hypnosis in health and disease.

RSVP is required by April 24, 2020. To RSVP please email

Once you RSVP, we will send you a link to the online meeting.

Dr. Mawya Shocair, MD, FACP, FNKF: a Nephrologist Renal Division at Newton Wellesley hospital. She is the Medical Director at the Dialysis Center in Waltham. Dr. Shocair was the Past President of Massachusetts Medical Society/ Charles River district. She is the Chair/ Advisory Board of National Kidney Foundation/ New England chapter.

During the talk on April 24, Dr. Shocair will be speaking and discussing the role of hypnotherapy in certain disease entities , relaxation, biofeedback and as a tool to treat certain addictions.