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April 20, 2009

Summer Inservice Workshop for Teachers - Middle East Focus

Summer Inservice Workshop for Teachers
June 16 (Tuesday) and 17 (Wednesday), 2009
at the Homestead, Midway, Utah


The Middle East is a rich and diverse area of the world. This workshop will examine the Middle East through the lens of the media…theirs and ours. How does the Middle East see the US and how has media shaped and been shaped by events on the ground? The workshop will provide background on several issues of vital importance to us as citizens of the world and will give teachers the ability to share this with their students.

Teachers will receive a wealth of resources that will help them inform their students about this complex and varied part of the world. Teaching strategies for incorporating the Middle East into the Utah State Core Curriculum will be provided along with classroom materials. Teachers of any grade level will find this workshop valuable and will be better able to teach both American students and students from the Middle East.

Relicensure Credit is available—Teaching and Learning 5940—at an $40.
New this year…a limited number of stipends will be available for first time attendees or new teachers on a first-come basis!
Registration is $60.00 (Deadline - May 1, 2009)
Includes the workshop, meals, shared lodging, and materials.
For more information, call 801-581-5003 or email: linda.adams@utah.edu

The application form is on the Outreach program website http://www.mec.utah.edu/outreach

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Call for Papers - Mediterranean Research Meeting

The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Italy) has issued a Call for Papers for the eleventh session of the Mediterranean Research Meeting that will take place from 24 to 27 March 2010.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 15 July 2009.

All relevant details are available on the Mediterranean Research Meeting web page at http://www.eui.eu/RSCAS/Research/Mediterranean/mrm2010/

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Seminary on Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean

Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean: A Forum for Young Leaders

Weeklong Seminar: 8th – 13th June, 2009, Berlin

Now Accepting Applications

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is delighted to announce the details of the forthcoming Weeklong Seminar for our program Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean: A Forum for Young Leaders, which will take place in Berlin from 26th – 31st May, 2009.

Who can apply?
The program is open to applications from young professionals and current students with an active interest in international affairs and the Mediterranean region.

What will the Weeklong Seminar involve?
The program for the Weeklong Seminar will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, and cultural activities in and around Berlin. The participants will meet with leading figures from the political, diplomatic, academic and civil society spheres to discuss the state of relations within the Mediterranean region and consider how they can be supported through organised cultural exchange.

What is the aim of the Weeklong Seminar?
The Seminar aims to inform the participants about the field of Cultural Diplomacy and its importance today, raise awareness of key issues in the relations between Mediterranean countries, create a network between the Seminar participants, and give them creative ideas and support for future initiatives they can organise.

What happens after the Seminar?
After completing the Weeklong Seminar the participants become members of the Cultural Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Forum. They are then supported by the ICD in conducting research, in organising and developing leadership initiatives, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum where they can network with the other Young Leaders from around the world. The Forum activity is aimed at creating sustainable initiatives that bring to the countries of the Mediterranean region closer together.

Where can I find more information?
Further information about the next Weeklong Seminar, including the online application forum, can be found under:

Further information about the Forum as a whole can be found under:

Further information about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy can be found under: www.culturaldiplomacy.org

Any enquiries regarding the program can be sent to cdm@culturaldiplomacy.org

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April 15, 2009

AMBergh Education - Learn Arabic!

AMBergh Education offers you the opportunity to improve your Arabic language skills and knowledge about the Arab region whatever your level of skill, age or background.

AMBergh Education is a Swedish company that works in association with the major universities and language institutes in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Syria in order to offer a wide range of Arabic courses and support to individuals or groups.

Whether you are a beginner, or at an intermediate or advanced level, we can offer courses to suit you. In addition to arranging your course of studies, we will also give you important information, take care of your invitation and accommodation arrangements. After finished course you will get diploma.

We also offer you the opportunity to take part in tempting excursion and sightseeing programmes, which provide you with extra opportunities to get to know the region as well as the culture.

Visit http://www.arabic-studies.com/ for more information.

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April 10, 2009

New Haven Connecticut - Summer Institute for Islam, Intercultural Relations, & Leadership

On behalf of Pathways for Mutual Respect, I’d like to invite University of Michigan students from the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies to apply to our Summer Institute on Islam, Intercultural Relations, and Leadership, an intensive three-week program that will take place in New Haven, Connecticut, from June 28-July 17, 2009. Participants will engage in four core elements during the Institute:

o Scholarship – academically rigorous, multidisciplinary mini-courses geared toward developing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the modern Islamic world
o Experience – from in-depth relationship building with international families to guided mosque visits, students will participate in multiple cross cultural interactions on a daily basis, interspersed by facilitated debriefings
o Collaboration – students will work with classmates and the Institute’s core faculty on projects and presentations designed to help internalize what they are learning in classes and experience
o Impact – prior to leaving the Institute, students will have, under the guidance of Pathways staff and core faculty, written an action plan which they are committed to implementing upon their return home

We are seeking applicants in the professional or academic fields of International Relations, Near East/Middle Eastern Languages, Linguistics, Middle East Studies, Cross-cultural Communications, Political Science, Conflict Resolution, Religious Studies, and International Business, as well as educators and community leaders. The cost, including housing, most meals, and local transportation, is $2500. We have a limited amount of need-based scholarships available, for which we encourage potential participants to apply.

Admitted applicants will receive a $75 tuition discount if they submit their applications by the early application deadline of March 31. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2009.

For more information and links to the application forms, interested students may visit our website at www.pfmr.org. Questions may be directed to summer.institute@pfmr.org.

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University of Bergen, Norway - Research Fellowships



TEN SALARIED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS are available for senior researchers from institutions in the Nile Basin countries (Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo) to participate in the Nile Basin Research Programme Autumn 2009 working group on the International Aid system at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Research Topics: Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The History of the Aid System in NB-countries
• The development and character of the Aid Architecture in NB-countries
• NGOs, Civil Society and the Aid System in NB-countries
• The Aid system and Democratisation in NB-countries
• The Aid system and the Poverty Agenda in NB-countries
• The Aid system in the peace and conflict Agenda in NB-countries

Eligibility: We seek scholars and/or researchers holding positions at institutions in the Nile Basin Region who have a research background and interests on issues related to the architecture, operations, relationships and impact of the international aid system. During the fellowship period in Bergen, the researchers in the working group will collaborate to identify critical research questions of relevance to the general themes of the working group, identify and collate relevant data, analyse the data and publish the results as co-authored papers in the international peer-review literature. The success of the working group depends critically on good knowledge of the existing data and literature from the region, and we therefore seek fellows having good knowledge of, and access to, existing data and literature that can be utilised by the working group for analyses.

To facilitate the comparative nature of the analyses, the fellows will be expected to collect data on the aid system in their respective countries using a common template prior to coming to Bergen. Limited funding will be available for this comparative data collection exercise. The fellowships are for five months, starting in August 2009, and the working group will be located at UNIFOB-Global (www.global.uib.no), where the working group has excellent working facilities including administrative support, office space, computers with internet access, and access to research facilities such as software, databases and the University of Bergen Library. The Nile Basin Research Programme will sponsor workshops with international guest lecturers, and offer opportunities for applying for additional funding to attend relevant international conferences. The research group will cooperate with researchers at the University of Bergen and at other universities in Norway who have worked on these issues.

Fellowship: The successful applicants will be offered a salary as a Senior Researcher at the University of Bergen (about 5100 USD a month before tax as of 24.10.08), one economy class return airfare between their home institution and Bergen, medical insurance and work permit. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is April 15, 2009.

For further information about the programme and application procedure, eligibility, selection process, etc., please refer to: www.nile.uib.no/vacancies.php.

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Loyola University Chicago - Summer Travel Course in Tunisia


“Arab World, Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy: Summer Study Course to Tunisia”

PLSC 300 (3 credit hours) (cross-listed with BWS, INTS, IWS & PAX)
Dates: May 31-June 20, 2009
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Group Leader: Professor Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), Political Science
Office of International Programs Contact: Mary Theis (mtheis@luc.edu)

• Program Fee (In-Country Costs): $2,130. All in-country expenses, including travel by a new Mercedes bus and 4x4 land rovers, entrance fees to all sites, shared occupancy in 4-5 star hotels, 3 meals a day, and local tour guides/lecturers.
• Office of International Programs (OIP) application fee: $100.
• Summer School Tuition (3 credit hours): $1,740.
• Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Tunis): Approximately $1,850.

This special summer study travel course offers a unique experiential understanding of the Arab world, Islam and U.S. foreign policy through the case study of Tunisia, an Arab country in North Africa that serves as the present-day embodiment of the Carthaginian Empire. A unique combination of site visits, lectures by group leader Professor Peter J. Schraeder, and guest presentations by renowned Tunisian scholars will focus on the politics of democratization in the Arab world, the role of women in Muslim societies, Arab perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, U.S. perceptions of Tunisia’s role in the global war on terrorism, and the history of Islam and the Roman Empire in North Africa. We will spend the first 5 days in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, where, in addition to visiting sites throughout the city, you will take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students from the University of Tunis and attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy. The vast majority of this 22-day trip, however, will be spent visiting sites of political, religious, historical, and social significance throughout all regions of Tunisia, ranging from the Great Mosque of Kairouan and the Roman Coliseum in El Jem, to an overnight camping experience in the Sahara Desert, complete with a camel trek, in Southern Tunisia.

• Visit sites of political, religious and historical significance in more than 20 Tunisian towns & cities.
• Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia.
• Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy, including a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.
• Take part in joint social events with English-speaking Tunisian students your own age.
• Camp overnight in the Sahara desert.
• Learn about the culture and politics of the Arab/Islamic world.
• Visit Roman and Carthaginian ruins.
• Lectures from world-renowned Tunisian scholars.

Application materials and a complete syllabus/trip itinerary are available at: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/summer.shtml


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IREX - Travel Grant for teachers

IREX, an international non-profit organization in Washington, DC is offerring a very exciting international travel grant opportunity for US secondary level teachers through the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

We are recruiting for the U.S. teachers reciprocal visit component of the program. The applicants we are seeking are U.S. secondary-level teachers of English or the social sciences to participate in a two-week professional exchange program in one of the following countries: 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), full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, English Language or Literature, and the Social Sciences (including social studies, civics, and history);
· U.S. citizenship; and
· Ability to travel in April, 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 insurance; as well as lodging and a daily stipend in host country.

The TEA U.S. teacher application is available for download at our website: www.irex.org.

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April 07, 2009

Turkish Summer Course


Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced

June 15-August 6, 2009

Classes will be held four hours per day over a period of eight weeks, for a total of 132 hours. Students will earn credits equivalent to one full academic year of language instruction.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, conversation hours, cooking demonstrations, music, film showings, and other cultural activities.

SILMW will also offer intensive courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Urdu and Indonesian.

Application deadline: April 15, 2009
For more information, email ebalci@illinois.com or go to http://silmw.linguistics.uiuc.edu

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