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April 14, 2008

Language for a New Century

Language for a New Century:
Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, & Beyond,

Edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar
Foreword by Carolyn Forché.

Come celebrate with us on Friday, April 25th, 2008, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Rubin Museum, New York City

Rubin Museum of Art · 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 · 212.620.5000

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High School Study Tour to Jordan

Journey to Jordan
Arabic Language and Culture
June 15 - August 12, 2008
Application deadline May 8th
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
*A scholarship program worth $10,000 for high school students.*

The University of Wisconsin–Green Bay announces an exciting opportunity for high school students: several days in Washington, D.C. and a seven-week Arabic language institute in Amman, Jordan. A diverse group of 21 students from across the U.S. will be selected to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience along with four previous participants (special assistants) and program staff.

-Must be age 15-18 when the program begins.
-A GPA of 3.0 is required.
-No previous Arabic experience required.
-Pre-departure and follow-on learning online using podcasts and other fun materials, with assistance from instructors of Arabic.
-Pre-departure and return activities in Washington, D.C., including: cross-cultural orientation, “Arabic in Careers" presentations, and visits to Washington museums and monuments.
-Cultural immersion activities in Jordan including: field trips to places like Dana Nature Reserve and Petra, the “Lost City of Stone,�? visits to museums, government offices, multinational organizations, and other special places of interest; community service and civil society projects with Jordanian youth organizations; a four-week home stay with a host family.
-Accompanied for the duration of the program by Arabic-speaking American staff who have traveled and worked in the region.

Participants are responsible for partial expenses.
For more information and the application package:

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An Urgent Humanitarian Mission in the Interest of Peace
May 14-26, 2008

Exploring Key Issues:

-The Centrality of Lebanon & Syria for the Future of Palestine and the Middle East
-Hezbollah’s Role in Lebanon
-Hamas’ Strategic Options in Palestine
-The Plight of Millions of Iraqi Refugees in Syria & Jordan

An Academic Dialogue Trip Sponsored by US Academics (A division of Conscience International)

Featuring interaction with academic colleagues At universities in Damascus and Beirut, plus key official briefings and valuable cultural experiences.

US Academics engages in citizen diplomacy through academic exchanges and cultural experiences designed to help bridge the divide between the US and Middle Eastern countries and to explore alternatives to “Clash of Civilizations.�?

Previous US Academics-sponsored conferences were held at Baghdad University—Tehran University—Damascus University—Khartoum University

May 14, WED—departure from US; May 15, THURS—Arrive in Amman, Jordan; continue to Beirut, Lebanon; May 16, FRI—Meetings at the Lebanese Foreign Ministry; Visit South Beirut for Meeting with Hezbollah spokesman; May 17, SAT—Visit to Tyre, Qana and the Litani River Valley, including villages bombed in the 2006 August War; May 18, SUN—Visit Ma’aloula and Christian areas north of Beirut; May 19, MON— Visit Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley; travel by road to Damascus, Syria; May 20, TUE— City tour in Damascus: reception at the Foreign Ministry; May 21, WED— Official meetings with Syrian Foreign Ministry; May 22, THURS— Day-long academic colloquium at Damascus University, including meetings with key religious and political leaders; May 23, FRI— All day trip to Palmyra, the fabulous Roman-period city in the desert; May 24, SAT—Visit national archaeological museum; May 25, SUN—Catch-up day for personal activities; May 26, MON—Flight from Damascus to Amman and back to the US.


Cost of $2,695 includes international airfare, hotels, meals, entrance fees, and local transportation. Domestic airfare not included. Contact: James E. Jennings, PhD, Executive Director, tel. 678-513-7565; www.conscienceinternational.org; e-mail jimjennings@earthlink.net

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April 02, 2008

FREE Bridge Course from Turkish to Azeri

Know Turkish? Learn Azeri 2!

June 2-June 11

Indiana University, Bloomington

In summer 2008 the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center is offering A bridge course from Turkish to Azeri.

The 9-day course prior to the eight-week intensive language institute (SWSEEL) will allow students who have at least introductory knowledge of Turkish to enroll in intermediate-level of Azeri for the following eight weeks (June 13-August 8).

To apply please send an e-mail to iaunrc@indiana.edu

The bridge courses are taught in conjunction with SWSEEL. In order to be admitted to the bridge course you have to apply for intermediate Azeri at: https://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/login/1100.html

The bridge course is free of charge and is a no-credit course.

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Opportunities for Summer Central Asian Language Study

Indiana University's 2008 Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (June 13-August 8) is still accepting applications for Beginning and Intermediate levels in all languages. Funding is still available for Azerbaijani, Kazakh, and Turkmen. Visit the SWSEEL website for details:


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Volunteer and Study Arabic in Egypt this summer

Marhaba offers service-learning summer programs for university students and recent graduates. Our mission is to encourage cross-cultural understanding while providing meaningful service to communities in the Middle East. Join us this summer in Cairo!

Program I: Provide educational and vocational training for refugees
from primarily African countries who have fled their homes due to war or other disasters.

Program II: Work with an Egyptian non-governmental organization
addressing urban poverty, economic development, and youth.

Program Dates: June 25 - August 6, 2008

Program Fee: $2600
Includes housing, Arabic classes, supplies, training, a cell phone,
cultural excursions, and a modest living stipend to cover food and

Does not include transportation to or from Cairo or health insurance.

Limited scholarship funds available

*NEW*Application Deadline: March 31, 2008

For application materials and additional information, please visit our
website at http://www.gomarhaba.org or email us at info@gomarhaba.org

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Learn Arabic in Jerusalem

Sign up now for Spring and Summer courses!
Spring course: April 1st-June 25th
Summer course: July 15th-August 20th

Khan Tankiz, Suq Al-Qattanin
The Old City, P.O. Box 51000 Jerusalem


Centre for Jerusalem Studies

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