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March 27, 2009

International Travel Grant for Secondary Teachers

Under the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) the U.S. Department of State and IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) announce a competition for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a two-week professional exchange program in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Eligible applicants must be:
• Secondary-level (middle or high school), teaching professionals with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, English Language or Literature, and social sciences (including social studies, civics, and history),
• U.S. citizens, and
• Able to travel in spring 2010.

The program is fully funded and provides: visa support, round-trip domestic airfare, lodging and meals to attend the TEA U.S. Conference, round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the assigned country, emergency medical evacuation plan, and lodging and a daily stipend in host country.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2009

Applications can be downloaded at: http://www.irex.org.

For more information, you may contact Anne MiIazzo at (202) 628-8188 ext 197 or tea@irex.org.

For more international travel grant opportunities, please check www.irex.org in May 2009.

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March 23, 2009

National Defense University - Seminar: The Impact of the Changing Nature of Deterrence on Space

In cooperation with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Force Transformation and Resources, we are delighted to announce the next seminar in NDU’s Transforming National Security series, entitled, “The Impact of the Changing Nature of Deterrence on Space.” This event will be held on April 13th and 14th in Marshall Hall, Room 155, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.

The seminar begins with the assumption that the U.S. and its allies are dependent on space to conduct current and future operations. Participants will discuss the risks those dependencies create for U.S. national security and explore policy options for protecting the commanding heights of space.

The main purpose of our event will be to examine three fundamental questions of U.S. space strategy:
o What constitutes a hostile act in space that we need to deter? And who act are likely actors?
o What should be the appropriate response options for the U.S. should deterrence fail?
o If a single threshold cannot be our line in the sand, is tailored deterrence with multiple thresholds possible?

Participants will be drawn into the complexity of the problem and invited to explore novel solutions to this security challenge. Please consider joining NDU's line up of distinguished guest speakers as they address these key issues, with an eye towards the next Quadrennial Defense Review.

To register online, please complete this brief web form at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/Event_Registration/register.cfm. Registration will close on April 6th. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about all our events, please check our website at http://www.ndu.edu/CTNSP/NCW_course.htm, or contact CTNSP’s registration coordinator, Mr. Bruce Graham (202-685-3442).

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Ottoman Paleography I Program - Besiktas


18 July - 4 September 2009

Campus Facilities:
The classes will be held in the main campus which is in the centre of the city, Beşiktaş. The bookstore carries all required and supplementary textbooks as well as school supplies, newspapers,magazines and university souvenirs. The food store offers an array of groceries and other necessities for the convenience of students, faculty and staff. Other offered services are a bank, a post office, a barber / beauty saloon, and a limited number of fast food outlets. There are two canteens at the main campus. These facilities sell food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Each level receives 154 hours of instruction ( 7 weeks – 20 hours per week plus practice hours every friday ) during the program. Class size is limited to approximately 10 students. Due to the working days of the libraries such as National Library, İslamic Research Center Library and etc.. classes are held on every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So students will have two free days for making researches at the libraries. Classes are held between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. And 13.30 pm – 16.00 pm.

Ottoman Paleography I focused on developing the ability to read, transcribe, and translate printed Ottoman texts mainly from the nineteenth century.

Requirements: Intermediate Turkish is required for participating the Ottoman Paleography I.


On Fridays students participate in study hours with the assistant students for free conversations or informal question sessions. Besides, each week lectures on various aspects of the Turkish culture and history are held. Cultural events and daily excursions are organized on demand and interest.


For the dormitory
Check-in date: 18 July 2009
Check-out date: 4 September 2009

Breakfast, lunch and dinner: not included.

Medical Facilities:
The resident doctors have various specializations. Simple medical treatment may be free. Students should have full medical insurance before arrived.

Payment Deadlines: All payments are to be made by 01 May 2009

Tuition Fee: 3400$
Include textbooks, photocopies and all other course materials.
Dormitory: 1220$
(YURDUM Ogrencievi)
Activities and Trips: 800$
TOTAL FEE: 5420$

Please note that:
- All payments must be made by bank transfer and in US$ only.
- Document of each transfer must be faxed or e-mailed.
- All bank fees incurred during transfer are to be met by the applicants. (Some banks make international transfers through intermediary banks and this results in fees being cut off from the original amount sent.)

All correspondence may be directed to:
Attn. Coordinator of Ottoman Paleography I
PhD. Assist. Prof. Sevim YILMAZ ONDER
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi
Phone: (90)-0536 626 53 11
E-mail: sevim.yilmazonder@gmail.com
Web: www.dilar-tr.com

Visa: Applicants are advised to request information concerning visa requirements at a Turkish Consulate as early as possible.

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Interfaith Youth Core - Summer Workshop in Chicago for Educators

Interfaith Youth Core is excited to announce its first summer workshop, "Religious Pluralism in Your School: A Two-Day Workshop for Educators."

While many educators feel that they must avoid topics of religion in school, religious diversity plays an obvious and important role in local and global contexts. The Interfaith Youth Core and Global Youth Leadership Institute invite educators from secondary schools to a two-day working group examining the best way to address religious diversity in secondary schools. The workshop will take place at the Francis Parker High School in Chicago, IL on June 18-19, 2009. The trainings will be facilitated by IFYC and GYLI staff and will include assessments to analyze religious pluralism in schools, creation of an individual action plan, networking and sharing best practices, and a special presentation by Dr. Eboo Patel.

For more information, visit http://www.ifyc.org/events/teachers_workshop or register now at http://www.gyli.org/workshops/signup.php! The registration deadline is May 17, 2009. Please contact Mary Ellen Giess (maryellen@ifyc.org) with any questions.

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Seeking Actors of any age from the Middle East - Danish Film Co.

For non-experienced and experienced actors from the Middle East in any age.

A Danish Film company is currently casting for a short film the 29 of
March in the sunset district, San Francisco.

"The space in a suitcase" is a short film that explores race relations
and stereotypes. Our goal is to makes the audiences examine their own
prejudices. The short film narrates a situation where different men,
one Caucasian, one Muslim, one Afro-American, one Mexican, and one
Chinese man, take turns occupying a motel room. The film challenges
our sense of identity, subjectivity, nationality and contemporary
stereotypes through an investigative look into the globalized space of
a suitcase."

We have 3 roles open for the following:

Middle Eastern Male:
30-75 years of age, observant of Muslim culture.

Mexican Male:
30-75 years of age, a hard worker, farmer. Your stereotype of a day laborer.

Chinese Male:
30-75 years of age, skinny, authoritative, wise, traditional.

Acting experience not required. All Roles are PAID.

E-mail to Movitussf@gmail.com or call: (415) 351 8496

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Seeking Muslim American Actors, Crew, & PAs

SEEKING: Muslim American actors, crew and PAs

Film title: In-World War
A narrative feature

San Francisco: June 29 - July 17
New York City: July 20 - 25 (not all roles needed for NYC shoot)

Note: We are particularly interested in working with actors, upcoming filmmakers and film students from the Muslim American community, due to the subject-matter of the film and a desire on the part of the filmmakers to support the community.

About the film:
In-World War, a smart and quirky indie sci-fi feature, tells the story of a debt-ridden beta tester trapped in a buggy virtual reality simulation of the "war on terror". This progressive and layered film dispels Muslim stereotypes through an exciting, intelligent story.

About the filmmaker:
Screenwriter/Director Brant Smith (aka DJ Bad Vegan) previously produced and co-wrote the story for the acclaimed narrative feature QUALITY OF LIFE: www.qualityoflife-themovie.com

- Actors (see below at the bottom for casting call)
- Crew (all positions open currently, but most are deferment only)
- Production Assistants

For more information and how to apply visit: www.studiolomismo.com

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March 18, 2009

UC San Diego - Assistant or Associate Professor Level

Tenure-Track Position - Muslim Societies (Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2009).

The Department of Sociology at UC San Diego invites applications for a tenure track/tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are looking for a first rate scholar whose research focuses on Muslim societies. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and will be expected to teach and supervise students, primarily at the graduate level, conduct an extramurally funded research program, and participate in administrative functions of the department and the University. Assistant-level candidates will be expected to show evidence of their potential through letters of recommendation and a publication record appropriate for their experience. Associate-level candidates must show evidence of a strong research record in their specialization. To apply, send a detailed resume, copies of selected recent publications and/or dissertation chapters, and names and addresses of no more than two referees to:

Professor Gershon Shafir, Chair Search Committee - SOC
Department of Sociology 0533
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093-0533

Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity. For full consideration, applications should preferably be mailed no later than April 15, 2009. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary will be based on published UC pay scales.

For more information visit http://sociology.ucsd.edu/faculty/joblisting.shtml

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

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Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition - Awards

Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition: "Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change"

At the Unique Zan Foundation our mission is to promote health, literacy and peace for women in and from the Middle East. As part of that effort, and in collaboration with the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (www.iasfund.org), we are pleased to announce our second annual essay competition for Iranian women graduate and undergraduate students at major universities and accredited educational institutes in the United States. Applicants must be enrolled as students at the time of submission and at the time awards are announced and funds distributed. Awards will be made through the university where the student is enrolled. Students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education are eligible. Non-students are not eligible to apply.

This year’s essay theme is: “Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change.”

Applicants’ essays should include information about themselves, their chosen career/educational path, what kinds of obstacles or challenges they have experienced in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles by drawing on their strengths as an Iranian woman. Also to be included are the values they have learned from their culture and how they have implemented these values to overcome personal challenges and/or to promote positive changes in the community. A history of volunteerism or social activism is a plus.

Essay Format:
Essays should be between 5000 and 6000 words (approximately 16-18 pages, double spaced, 12 point “Times New Roman” font, with 1.5 inch margins), and be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Report binders should not be used. Only the title page and first page of the essay should contain name. All other pages must be numbered in the lower right hand corner and contain first and last initial only in the upper right header.

While higher grade point average will be considered a bonus, the main emphasis is on applicants who exhibit exceptional writing skills and a compelling non-fiction story. A copy of recent transcripts should be included with your essay. Essays should not have been previously published in any other publication or on the internet, but must be of publishable quality. Unique Zan Foundation will retain first rights of refusal for publication, but publication is not guaranteed. All submissions become the property of Unique Zan Foundation.

Awards will be given by The Unique Zan Foundation through the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund in the following amounts:
First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

All applications must include:
1. Two hard copies of your essay in proper format,
2. A brief cover-letter with name, contact information, and explaining course of study and why applying for this award,
3. One copy of essay and cover-letter sent by email to info@uniquezanfoundation.org < mailto:info@uniquezanfoundation.org>,
4. One copy of recent college transcripts.
5. One letter of recommendation from professor.

Applications must be post-marked by May 1, 2009 and sent to the following address:

Unique Zan Foundation
PO Box 1257
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Announcements will be made in September, 2009.

Feel free to also visit our website: www.uniquezanfoundation.org.

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March 13, 2009

International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace - Oakland University, MI

International Conference on "Religion, Conflict, and Peace:"
Walking The Talk Through Fear of the Unknown To Understanding And Harmony

March 13-15, 2009 ~ Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan USA

A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-cultural Conference

Keynotes by:
John Esposito, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Organized by:
Oakland University College of Arts and Science, Common Bond Institute, and International Humanistic Psychology Association
Endorsed by a universities and organizations internationally

Conference Details at:

~ Registration is Open All ~
Continuing Education Credits (CECs) available

We Invite You To:
an international forum promoting Inter-religious and Intra-religious dialogue to explore the challenges of Extremism, Intolerance, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia, and the promise of Reason,
Understanding, Compassion, and Cultural Harmony.

Join us as we explore:
1) The mutual dilemmas of religious ignorance, extremism, intolerance, negative stereotypes, prejudice, demonization and dehumanization, scapegoating, and fear of "the other," that can lead to toxic divisiveness, polarization, and social paranoia, with a special focus on Islamophobia and the Muslim community, and
2) The promise of personal engagement through dialogue in nurturing understanding, familiarity, compassion, harmony, and a shared consciousness of peace - and in doing so promoting the religious experience as a healing remedy rather than problem.

an outstanding and diverse gathering of presenters for a 3-Day Itinerary of keynotes, workshops, panels, round tables, dialogue groups, poster sessions, and exhibits, as well as social/cultural events.

Confirmed Presenters include:
John Esposito, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Joseph Montville, Naomi Tutu, Imam Achmat Salie, Imam Muhammad Agherdien, Imam Hasan Qazwini, Imam Mohammad Elahi, Imam Mohamed Mardini, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Phyllis Berman, Reverend Joseph Summers, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Virginia Gray Henry, Sharif Abdullah, Steve Spreitzer, David Crumm, Adil Akhtar, Steve Olweean, Said Khan, Rasool Chaudry, Aysha Ali, Imad Hamad, Nadia Fadel, Ihsan Alkhatib, Daniel Tutt, Paula Gutlove, Irene Nasser, Ohad Bar Shalom, Osama Siblani, Mumtaz Haque, Nadeem Savage, Amjad Quadri, Usama DeLozenzo, Sharif Akeel, Charles Mabee, Brenda Rosenberg, Sarah Sayeed, Fatima Al-Hayaani, Josephine Griffin, Cathy Cheal

To be Confirmed:
US Congressman Kieth Ellison, US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Michelle Lebaron, Mohamed Ayoob, Muqtedar Khan, Farid Senzai, John Boiano

"It does not require that we be the same to be appreciative of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us."

FOR FULL DETAILS on Registration, Fees, Program, and Exhibits CONTACT:

Common Bond Institute
Details at Website: www.cbiworld.org
Steve Olweean and Achmat Salie, Conference Co-coordinators
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, MI 49034 USA
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 Email: SOlweean@aol.com

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Learn Azerbaijani - Indiana University

Know Turkish I? Learn Azerbaijani II!

June 8 - June 16, 2009

Indiana University, Bloomington

In Summer 2009 the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University is offering a bridge course from Turkish to Azerbaijani.

The seven-day course is taught prior to the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL), an eight-week intensive language program. It will allow students who have at least introductory knowledge of Turkish to enroll in intermediate-level Azerbaijani for the following eight weeks (June 19-August 14, 2009).

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

The bridge course is taught in conjunction with SWSEEL. In order to be admitted to the bridge course you must be admitted to the summer intermediate Azerbaijani program. Apply to SWSEEL at: www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/

The Turkish bridge course is a free of charge, no-credit supplement to the intermediate Azerbaijani course.

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