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July 29, 2009

Tomorrow's Youth Organization - Internship Opportunities

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is an American non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. We are recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Fall programs (late Sept. – mid-December), with the possibility of extending the internship for Spring programs as well.

The primary requirements for the position are:
- Enthusiasm for and dedication to work with children, youth, and community members;
- Maturity, flexibility, initiative and perseverance given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;
- Commitment to TYO’s non-political, non-religious approach; and
- Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.

Graduate students, young professionals and/or undergraduates with significant professional experience and maturity are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience (academic and/or professional) in the areas below:
- psychosocial rehabilitation (trained psychologists, counselors, etc)
- English as a Second Language (for all ages)
- Museum exhibit curation
- arts, drama, dance, particularly when used as therapy
- journalism
o teaching journalism for any media (ie print, radio/tv, electronic, etc)
o documentary film production and editing
o grant writing, social media
- Levantine Arabic speakers (preferred but translators will be provided)

Interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. The interns will develop and lead a variety of after-school activities for children, youth, and adults from the Nablus community. These may include ½ day classes for children and
youth from refugee camps and other disadvantaged areas of the city, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate on other grant-funded projects in the areas of literacy, photography/painting, and microfinance projects for women.

There is NO salary for the Fall internship positions, although a small living stipend will be considered for a possible 2 semester/year long commitment. Interns WILL be provided
with the following:
- private bedroom with shared bath in an apartment-style dormitory
- board (generally consisting of breakfast, lunch and at least 3 dinners/week)
- on-site Arabic lessons from local professor at Arab American University in Jenin
- 2 overnight outings/weekends in the region

Interested candidates should send:
- resume
- answers to the 6 questions below (100 words each)
- 2 reference names, with phone and email contact information
- (optional) a letter of motivation presenting any other information if you think it is essential to your application

TO: robyn@tomorrowsyouth.org no later than August 12th, 2009.

Application & Fall Internship Timeline:
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for phone/skype interview and/or in-person interview on the East Coast beginning mid-August – early September
- Selected interns should plan to arrive in Nablus around September 27-29
- Orientation begins September 30 – October 10
- Fall progams begin October 11
- Fall programs end mid-December

Please answer the following questions (100 words or less for each):
1) How did you hear about this opportunity?
2) What do you know about Nablus? The West Bank? (Be honest – we don’t want a Wikipedia entry, only to know more about your connection with the area)
3) What do you feel would be your greatest asset to TYO?
4) Have you ever lived where you work, or lived with people you work with? If so, please explain your likes and dislikes in the situation, and why.
5) Give an example of a project that you developed, facilitated, and evaluated without much supervision. What was your favorite aspect of the project? What did you find was the most challenging?
6) Give an example of a challenging cross-cultural situation you were involved in (when, where, what, why), and how you dealt with the situation (for better or worse!)

Visit www.tomorrowsyouth.org for more information.

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Van Leer Jerusalem Institute - Call for Papers

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is pleased to present the Call for Papers for Journal of Levantine Studies, a new interdisciplinary electronic journal dedicated to facilitating an original discourse and encouraging a wide spectrum of theoretical and empirical scholarship on the region.

It is our hope that framing the Levant as a category of analysis will catalyze novel and productive debate regarding both the notion and realities of the Levant and of Levantines in various geographical and historical contexts. The Editorial Board will welcome scholarly discourse on both the symbolic and theoretical significance of the Levant as well as on the political, social, and cultural manifestations of reality for the people of the region.

The journal will look to publish articles that engage contemporary academic discussions on relevant socio-political topics, including (but not limited to): processes of religion and secularization, the construction of memory, literary and linguistic streams, the migration of knowledge and people, consumerism and commercial networks, globalization, and the study of nationality and trans-

The journal will be published electronically twice a year in English. Each issue of the journal will consist of five-six articles, one literary translation, book reviews, and review essays.

For more details, please see our Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines at http://www.vanleer.org.il/Data/UploadedFiles/Files/kolkore_Levan_w_guidelines.pdf.

Our permanent website,
www.levantinestudies.org, is currently under construction and will be available shortly.

For questions or comments, please contact David Segall at

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Galille College, Israel - Winter Programme

International Centre of Middle East and Religious Studies
Galillee College

Two Nations & Three Religions in Israel and Palestine:

December 30th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010

Following the success of the Summer Programmes, Galillee College, Israel has now developed a winter programme for faculty and graduate students from around the world who are interested in the Middle East. The programme focuses on the Jewish/Christian/Islam religious their roots in Israel and relations and Israeli – Palestinian conflict, background and current situation.

The programme begins with an overview of the Land of Israel-Palestine region, presenting the historical background of the region, as well as an overview of social and economic conditions, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The lectures are supplemented by Study Tours to enable students to experience these issues at first hand.

The duration of the programme is twelve days and it is very intensive; comprising 80 academic hours of lectures by Palestinian and Israeli academic and experts, offering their respective points of view. In addition, Study Tours to historical sites and will offer the students additional first hand experience of the region.

Should you want further information regarding the upcoming winter programme, please do not hesitate to contact the programme director, Shoshi Norman at snorman@galilcol.ac.il or visit http://www.galilcol.ac.il/page.asp?id=344

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Call for Papers: Literature & History: Middle Eastern Perspectives- International Workshop

Call for Papers

The 15th Annual International Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Literature and History: Middle Eastern Perspectives

May 31 – June 2, 2010

Coordinators: Dr. Yair Huri & Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit

Scholarly discussions about the intricate relationship between belletristic literature and history have long haunted literary criticism, historiography, cultural studies and literary practice. In recent decades numerous studies have addressed the question of belles lettres as a possible source for social, cultural and political history, while shifting the focus away from the study of aesthetics towards the study of literature as a narrative space that often represents forgotten, silenced or repressed histories.

By focusing on fiction, poetry and plays written by Arab, Turkish, Iranian, and Israeli writers (as well as by writers of other Middle Eastern ethnicities), our annual international workshop will provide a broad forum for practitioners coming from the distinctive vantage points of both disciplines – literary criticism and history writing – to explore issues of common concern in Middle Eastern scholarship: nationality, post-colonial narratives, religion and secularism, gender and sexuality, class, social discourse, changing sensibilities and language.

Papers should address the complex, multifaceted relationship between literature and history, and can include some of the following issues:
• Autobiographies and history writing
• Writing and remembering lives
• Reclaiming lost and repressed lived experiences in literature
· The use of historical events in literary creativity
• Temporality – literary and historical time
• Ficto-historical writing / historical fiction
• Political and social resistance through fiction
• Manifestations of oppression and censorship
• Portrayal of the Other
• The interaction between a text and its historical and political contexts
• Political, ethical and cultural implications of historical fiction
• Revisiting the literary significance of ‘history from below’
• Literary history and its mediations (gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, etc.)
• Aestheticism and anti-historicism in literature

The workshop will be held at Ben Gurion University of the Negev from May 31 through June 2, 2010. All participants will be expected to submit in advance a working paper to be distributed among the other participants. This will enable us to dedicate the meetings to discussions on original papers rather than to lengthy presentations.

Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to send a one-page proposal in English, along with their C.V. by January 1, 2010. The proposal should briefly state the topic, and outline how the paper contributes to the aims of the workshop. Authors will be notified by February 1, 2010 whether their proposal was accepted for presentation at the workshop. Authors whose proposal is accepted will be expected to submit a full-length version of the paper by April 1, 2010.

Participants from abroad will be offered round trip airfare and lodging.

Proposals should be addressed by e-mail to:
Dr. Yair Huri: yairhuri@bgu.ac.il
Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit: arielmb@bgu.ac.il

For further details regarding our annual departmental workshop, please see the workshop website at: http://web2.bgu.ac.il/mideast/workshop/main.asp?page=about

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July 28, 2009

18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

REGISTER NOW: 18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Fresh Visions, Old Realities, New Possibilities: The Impact of Leadership Change on Arab-U.S. Relations

October 15 - 16, 2009

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center*
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
*A government-issued, photo identification is necessary to enter the Ronald Reagan Building.




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Conference - Security & Energy Security: Global Challenges

The Institute for National Strategic Studies will host a symposium on 29-30 September 2009 at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

Security & Energy Security: Global Challenges

The program is open to the public. Participants are expected from government, business, universities, and research institutes from the United States and abroad.

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days.

Register and view the agenda at: www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/energy2009/

Call 202-685-3857 if you have questions or need assistance.

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July 09, 2009

Indiana University - Seeking new Director

Indiana University is seeking a new director for its Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), a Title VI-funded Language Resource Center developing teaching materials for the languages of the regions of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, and Mongolia.

The successful applicant will administer a large Title VI federal grant, supervise up to ten language materials developers and staff, seek out and apply for new grants in a wide variety of fields related to Central Asian language pedagogy, and interact with IU units and federal agencies, including the US military, and others.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in linguistics or one of the relevant Russian, Turkic, Mongolian, or Iranian languages, a solid grounding in language pedagogy and CALL, proven management skills in an American university, and an entrepreneurial spirit in seeking funding. Familiarity with SLA desirable.

Initial appointment is anticipated to be 3-5 years. Salary and possibility of teaching in area of specialty negotiable.

Applications should include a cover letter that includes statement of management philosophy, CV, three letters of recommendation, and evidence of effective management of programs and fund-raising. Evidence of expertise in language pedagogy, including articles or other materials published or supervised.

For interest in teaching, please submit scholarly articles in area of specialty. Please send applications to CeLCAR Search Committee Chair, c/o Denise Gardiner, College of Arts and Sciences, Kirkwood Hall 104.

Screening will begin July 1 until position is filled. Indiana University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Indiana University encourages applications from women and minorities.

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