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Meet M.A. Alum Alex Minami: Building connections through opera

January 9, 2024

Alex Minami in Egypt in front of a pyramid

Minami in Egypt, where he studied Arabic — and witnessed a country in the midst of a revolution.

Lōkela Alexander Minami, (BA, Political Science, German Language & Literature, 2010; MA, International Studies: Middle East, 2012), Seattle Opera Associate Director of Community Engagement, is featured in an article titled, “Building connections through opera” in the January issue of Perspectives, a magazine by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington.

Minami is also an alum of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program, a competitive federally-funded scholarship open to UW students that is administered by National Resource Centers housed in the Jackson School. In Summer 2012 Minami received a FLAS award from the Middle East Center to study intensive third-year Arabic at The American University in Cairo, a tumultuous period that coincided with the Arab Spring and fall of the Mubarak regime.