Calligraphy is a difficult art to master, especially when you’re writing with a piece of bamboo and an ink pen.

But Thursday night, Farida Badr, an Arabic lecturer, made it work and facilitated UNC’s first Arabic calligraphy competition.

Badr said she created the event because she didn’t just want to teach the skill inside the classroom, but reach the students outside of the classroom in a fun way as well.

“I want to add to students something they will never forget,” she said.

The event created the perfect opportunity for students to be immersed with Arabic culture without even having to take an Arabic course.

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