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November 20, 2009

Arabian Studies Conference - Call for Papers

Seminar for Arabian Studies Conference

The 44th Seminar for Arabian Studies Conference will be held at the British Museum from Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th July 2010
The Seminar for Arabian Studies is the only international forum which meets annually for the presentation of the latest academic research in the humanities on the Arabian Peninsula (including archaeology, epigraphy, ethnography, language, history, art etc.) from the earliest times to the present day or in the case of political and social history, to the end of the Ottoman Empire (1922). The Proceeding of the Seminar for Arabian Studies is published the following year in time for the next Seminar.

If you wish to offer a paper, please send a 200-word abstract before the 15th of February 2010 to Dr Ardle Mac Mahon at seminar.arab@durham.ac.uk or write to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, c/o The British Museum, Middle East Department, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG, England.

The abstract must include:
1) the name(s) and full contact details (affiliation(s)) of the contributor(s)
2) the title of the proposed paper
3) set out what the paper intends to cover
4) the approach it will take
5) indicate the significance of the topic
Please note we can normally only accept one paper from any given project.

Further information on the SEMINAR for ARABIAN STUDIES can be gained by visiting our webpage at www.arabianseminar.org.uk

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November 18, 2009

Central European University - Religious Studies

The Central European University is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and unique setting for the study of religion in a historical and comparative perspective. Situated at the crossroad of Empires and of world religions, Budapest offers a microcosm of the interactions of religions, cultures and societies.

The Specialization Religious Studies, offered by the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies, awards a non‐degree certificate in Religious Studies. Students will enroll and receive their degrees in either the Department of History or Medieval Studies. As part of their MA in History or Medieval Studies, students of this Specialization will engage in the study of religious phenomena from a historical point of view, from Late Antiquity to modernity, and a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Specialization Religious Studies is a young teaching unit, launched in 2007 by the Religious Studies Program. Its diverse course offers cover the three monotheistic religions multidisciplinary perspectives. To this end, apart from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies, more departments participate through their course offerings, such as Philosophy, Jewish Studies Program, Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Relations and European Studies. In the past, students were successful in receiving prestigious international scholarships and in entering challenging professional fields.

The Religious Studies Program (RSP) is a research program and an academic forum at CEU fostering the academic study of religion. The mission of the program is to initiate and to coordinate research, academic events, and publications that address in critical ways religion‐related questions in critical ways.
The RSP is integrated into the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies and collaborates with relevant departments and academic units at the CEU. It crosses the borders of academic disciplines, confessional and geo‐political categorizations. With an international advisory board and contacts with institutions throughout the region, as well as worldwide, the RSP provides an important site in Eastern Europe for academic research and communication on religion.

Source Language Teaching Unit
It is expected that as of Academic Year 2010/2011, students specializing in Religious Studies will be able to take intensive, high‐level courses in classical and modern languages. The offering will include Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, Ottoman as well as Russian and modern Turkish and Greek.
About CEU and the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies

For more information: http://www.ceu.hu/node/2684

CEU is committed to sustaining a geographically diverse and multi‐cultural student body. To further this goal, the university welcomes financial aid applications from students around the world. Full scholarships are available for the Specialization Religious Studies.

For more detailed information on financial aid, please visit www.ceu.hu/admissions/financialaid.

How to Start the Application Procedure

Students interested in the Specialization Religious Studies have a choice of applying to a One Year MA, Two Year MA or PhD.
For research topics that focus on the period up to the end of the 15th century apply to the Medieval Studies Department (medstud.ceu.hu), for later topics to the History Department (www.hist.ceu.hu). Applications are accepted through an on‐line system at http://www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply beginning on November 10, 2009. Candidates applying by January 25, 2010 are eligible to take the CEU‐administered institutional TOEFL. Candidates who can provide evidence of proficiency in English or will organize their own TOEFL examination may apply by March 15, 2009. Full scholarships are available!

Application Deadlines
Deadlines for application to the CEU History and/or the Medieval Studies Department are:
January 25, 2010: For applicants who wish/are required to take the CEU administered admissions examinations and /or are requesting exemption from the English language proficiency requirement.
March 16, 2010: For applicants submitting applications complete with language scores and other applicable test scores.
March 2010: For CEU Master’s students and graduates applying to doctoral programs.

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Arab Film Festival - Dearborn, MI

The 5th Annual Arab Film Festival

When: December 3rd-5th, 2009
Where: Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI

The Festival showcases many talented Arab and Arab American directors, actors, and technical professionals, and provides diverse representation from the 22 countries of the Arab World. Each feature-length film presented is paired with a complementary short film; public discussions follow several screenings.

For a detailed schedule of the Festival please visit http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfestival09

The Arab American National Museum’s Film Festival seeks to enhance public knowledge and understanding of Arab Americans by: presenting alternative representations of Arab life; increase the exposure of Arab and Arab American filmmakers; and provide a forum for the discussion of questions raised by films during the festival.

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November 13, 2009

2010 Intensive Summer Language Programs - Beloit College

Summer Intensive Language Studies at Beloit College

June 12 - August 6, 2010

- Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian

http://www.summerlanguages.com

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2010 Intensive Summer Arabic Program - Lebanese American University

Intensive Arabic Program at the Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language & Culture (SINARC)

- Located at the Lebanese American University
- 6-week total immersion program from June 28-August 6, 2010
- Students can earn up to 8 hours of university credit
- Opportunity to explore the Lebanese & Middle Eastern Culture through a vivid and highly structured curriculum, in addition to being able to attend the many exciting events and activities that the Lebanese Heritage offers throughout the lovely, fun-filled summers of Lebanon.

For more information, visit: http://www.lau.edu/lb/centers-institutes/sinarc

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Conference on Libya's Histories

CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
FALL 2009 CONFERENCE

WRITING AND SPEAKING LIBYA'S HISTORIES:
Historiography of Modern and Contemporary Libya

November 13-14, 2009
Sultan Conference Room
340 Stephens Hall
Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Of all the formerly colonized nations in the region, Libya became independent with a notable paucity of written history.
This situation has changed in the intervening decades, but Libya’s severe political isolation has translated into a near-absence
of scholarly contact with U.S. scholars. This conference is meant to participate in correcting this situation, by facilitating exchange
and forging longer-term working relationships between American and Libyan scholars.

A keynote address will be given by Dr. Muhammad Jerary, National Center for Archives and Historical Studies, Tripoli
“Historical Studies in Libya (from the 16th Century till the Present Time): Present Difficulties and Future Prospects”

Other speakers include:
- Professor Zahi Mogherbi, Political Science, Garyounis University, Benghazi
“Social Change, Regime Performance and the Radicalization of
Politics: the Case of Libya”
- Professor Amal Obeidi, Political Science, Garyounis University, Benghazi
“Women and the Academic Research in the Libyan Universities:
Analysis Study of the MA Thesis at the Faculty of Economics
1990-2009”
- Lecture presented by Professor Zahi Mogherbi
- Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, Political Science, University of New England
“Engaging Modernity: Pedagogy and Urbanization as viewed by two
Libyan intellectuals during the 20th Century”
- Professor Nayla Kabazi Muntasser, Art History, Trinity University, San Antonio
“Modern Historiography and Ancient Libya: Lepcis Magna as a Case
Study”

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference & Call for Papers

A joint effort of the Jewish Academic Network for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (JANIP), the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP) and the Geneva Initiative North America, my institution, Central Connecticut State University, will be hosting the Second International Academic Conference on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace, called "Pathways to Peace", April 16-17, 2010

You can see more information on the conference web site: http://www.pathways2peace.org

The deadline for submissions the Second International Academic Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference is January 31, 2010.

Submissions can be posted at http://pathways2peace.org

There are two great keynote speakers for the conference, Dr. Hussein Ibish, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership and a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and Gadi Balinsky, the General Director of "Education for Peace", at the Geneva Initiative headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Additionally, the edited volume from the First International Academic Israeli-Palistinian Peace Conference is available, and you can find the information at http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=4&bid=356 (Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Perspectives on the Peace Process)

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November 11, 2009

Summer Intensive Arabic Language Program - Beloit College

Since 1983 the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at Beloit College has offered students a unique opportunity to achieve a year's worth of college-level language training in just eight weeks. Excellent faculty, small class sizes that allow for individual attention, and twenty-six hours of classroom instruction per week in a beautiful residential environment provide an immersive approach to learning that encourages students to focus exclusively on the target language and culture.

All applicants who apply for the eight-week program, complete the required application materials, including scholarship essay, by April 23, and meet the minimum required grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply for a CLS Director's Scholarship. These scholarships, in the amount of $1,500, are awarded on a competitive basis to qualifying applicants and will be applied toward the program's cost of tuition.

Detailed information on our programs can be found at www.summerlanguages.com.

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November 09, 2009

Policy Workshop, Paper Competition & Online Publication

Examining “The Places We Live”: Slums & Urban Poverty in the Developing World

Policy Workshop, Paper Competition and Online Publication sponsored by USAID, the International Housing Coalition, The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, and Cities Alliance

Call for Papers: Paper Competition / Policy Workshop / Online Publication
- Win a trip to World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010
- Be published in an online publication edited by The World Bank and other sponsors
- Get invited to an interactive policy workshop with urban development practitioners in Washington, DC, in February 2010

DEADLINE: Abstracts due by Nov. 30, 2009

Overview
Worldwide, approximately one billion people currently live in slums. The vast majority are in developing countries, where an estimated 1/3 of the population lives in slum conditions. The total number of slum-dwellers is expected to double by 2030, placing unprecedented pressures on cities around the globe.

USAID’s Urban Programs Team, in cooperation with the International Housing Coalition (IHC), The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance, is seeking paper submissions for an upcoming policy workshop and paper competition on slums and urban poverty in the developing world. This Call for Papers is associated with both “The Places We Live” exhibit (www.theplaceswelive.com), which has been brought to Washington, DC, in conjunction with World Habitat Day, and the upcoming World Urban Forum 5, being held in March 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Papers should be linked to one of the following topical areas (see www.OurUrbanPlanet.org for a more detailed description of these themes):
- The Right to the City / Bridging the Urban Divide
- Equal Access to Shelter
- Cultural Diversity & Identity in Cities
- Governance and Participation
- Inclusive Sustainable Urbanization

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling slum-related issues. Papers may focus on the drivers of slum formation and other forms of urban inequality and related efforts to prevent these trends, or may concentrate on ameliorating existing conditions in slums and among the urban poor. Papers that take into account the cross-sectoral nature of slum/urban poverty issues and that present replicable and scalable interventions are particularly welcome. Papers from a variety of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspectives are appropriate, including (but not limited to) urban planning, economics, political science, geography, public policy, sociology, and anthropology. For more information, please contact Chris Ward (cward@usaid.gov).

Process and Timeline
♦ Eligibility: This call for papers is directed at PhD students and advanced Masters students. To be eligible, applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree or post-doctoral program.
♦ Abstract Submissions:
o Abstracts (max 500 words) and a brief CV should be submitted to the selection committee by Nov. 30, 2009. Submissions can be made via the OurUrbanPlanet website (www.oururbanplanet.org) or sent to cward@usaid.gov.
o Abstracts should contain a title, paper description, author name and affiliation, and specify which of the topical areas listed above the paper will most directly address.
♦ Request for Full Papers:
o A panel composed of members of the sponsor organizations will review submitted abstracts and request full papers from approximately 15 authors.
o Applicants will be notified the first week of December whether they will be asked to write a full paper.
o Completed papers should be a maximum of 20 pages in length (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font) and utilize the style, spelling, usage, citation and illustration guidelines used by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (http://www.acsp.org/publications/jper/guidelines).
♦ World Bank Publication:
o 5-10 of the full papers will be selected for inclusion in an online publication being compiled by The World Bank and other sponsor organizations.
o Publication of each selected paper will be contingent upon completion of suggested revisions by the authors, should they be requested by the selection committee.
♦ Policy Workshop:
o 3-4 of the authors selected for publication will also be invited to Washington, DC, to take part in a unique “policy workshop” that will bring together a small group of academics, policy makers and students for an interactive discussion of international urban development topics. The session will focus on bridging gaps between policy and academia, theory and practice.
o At the conference, students will be paired with a senior development expert who will serve as a discussant for their paper.
o Accepted papers should be submitted (using the same method as the abstracts) at least 2 weeks before the start of the conference.
o Workshop invitees will be provided with a $500 honorarium to help cover transportation and accommodation costs.
♦ Trip to World Urban 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
o A “Grand Prize” winner will be selected within one week of the policy workshop and will be invited to attend World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro, being held March 22-26, 2010.
o Conference registration, roundtrip flight from the US to Rio de Janeiro, and accommodation will be provided by the International Housing Coalition.
o While at the Forum, the winner will have the opportunity to attend various sessions, including those related to their paper topic, and report back on their experiences and impressions via the website http://oururbanplanet.org/.

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November 06, 2009

Meedan - Open Access Arabic/English Translation Memory

Meedan Releases the World's First Open Access Arabic/English Translation Memory

5 November, 2009: San Francisco, United States and Toronto, Canada

Today, Meedan, is releasing the first publicly available open licensed Arabic/English Translation Memory (TM). This release comes as a part of Meedan's ongoing commitment to improving the state of Arabic language machine processing research and supporting translators and machine translation researchers.

The new translation memory, called MeedanMemory, contains around one million words in aligned Arabic and English sentence pairs. It constitutes an invaluable resource for translation professionals, Arabic linguistic researchers, academics and volunteer communities, and is the first translation memory of such size and sophistication to be released under an open access license.

MeedanMemory is packaged as a standards-compliant Translation Memory Exchange (TMX) file, which facilitates its integration with most computer assisted translation tools and translation memory managers.

Professional translators can utilize MeedanMemory to support their translation work and improving its efficiency, and to increase consistency and quality in the translation outcome. Researchers can use this resource in designing and implementing their research activities into Arabic computer linguistics and machine language processing, which will lead to the development of better text search engines and document analysis tools and applications. And community organizations, non-profits and volunteer communities can leverage MeedanMemory to facilitate translation between Arabic and English of the content they produce for lower costs, lower turnaround times and higher quality.

The MeedanMemory is released under the Open Database License, which permits the use, copy and distribution of the translation memory, produce work using it, and to modify, transform and build upon the translation memory.

Meedan is pleased to announce this first release of MeedanMemory, and will continue to release data generated from the Meedan translation community into this open repository. We also hope that other organizations will contribute to the growth of this unique and valuable resource for the Arabic language and Arabic digital content that holds great potential for supporting Arabic content projects and initiatives.

To download your copy of MeedanMemory, please visit: http://github.com/anastaw/Meedan-Memory

For more information about MeedanMemory, please contact: info@meedan.net

Meedan Cross-language Arabic-English Social Networking: beta.meedan.net

About Meedan:
Meedan (Arabic for ‘town square') is a social media and technology non-profit. Our mission is to promote the exchange of knowledge, media, and conversations across linguistic and cultural divides, with an initial focus on Arabic-English collaborations. We serve end-users interested in media exchange through our public-facing http://beta.meedan.net site, and we provide a social networking, knowledge exchange, and web-based translation platform to a network of NGO partners. The Meedan project was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Based in San Francisco, our distributed team of Meedanis contribute engineering, design, and translation services to our project from Cairo, Damascus, London, Beirut, the West Bank, Doha, Gaza, Jeddah, Rabat, Amman, Toronto, and Portland.

Meedan is a leading advocate for open linguistic data and open source tools and is innovating approaches to social translation, data aggregation, data visualization, and tagging in the context of Arab Region use cases.

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Michigan University Model Arab League

The Michigan University Model Arab League will be held February 18-20, 2010 at Grand Valley State University. Please see the attached documents and our website (www.ncusar.org/modelarableague) for more information.

What is the Model Arab League?
Since its founding in 1983, Model Arab League has been the leading program in the United States for giving students hands-on experience with the regional and international politics of the Arab World. Tens of thousands of students have graduated from the program, and many have gone on to leading positions in business, government, and academia. During this upcoming school year more than 2,000 students representing over 220 schools will participate in the University and High School Model programs.

A highly competitive academic activity, the Model Arab League simulates meetings of the League of Arab States. Participating delegations become diplomats for the weekend and represent one of the League’s 22 member states in both general and specialized councils. Students draft resolutions addressing the important regional and global issues outlined in an Agenda that closely mirrors real world Arab League issues. These resolutions are debated in moderated council sessions following rules of parliamentary procedure. If passed, these council resolutions are presented to the entire conference during a Summit Session for closing debate and a final vote.

What do students gain from competing in the Model Arab League?
The Model Arab League provides students an in-depth understanding of the world’s oldest regional body and deepens their knowledge of the history, culture, religion, economics, and politics of both their assigned country and the region as a whole. Through active participation in a model, students develop and sharpen skills in debate, consensus-building, critical thinking, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking. By arguing the positions and foreign policy objectives of the Arab States, model participants gain personal insights and a meaningful understanding of the issues underlying U.S.-Arab relations.

Throughout a model, participants are evaluated both their peers and by judges. Awards are presented to outstanding participants based on their individual accomplishment and overall team achievement. In addition to our awards, outstanding Model Arab League participants are given preferential consideration for National Council internships in Washington, D.C. and for participation in our study abroad programs to Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, and Yemen.

Where do Model Arab Leagues take place?

There are currently 10 University and 2 High School Model Arab League simulations across the country. In addition, a National University Model and a National High School Model are held in Washington D.C.

Can I get my school involved in Model Arab League?
Absolutely! Starting a team does not have to be overwhelming. Some teams function as small student clubs while others exist within school sponsored organizations with year round activities. You might even find your school able to offer course credit for participating. Please feel free to browse our Web site or contact the National Council for more information and suggestions on how to start a team.

How do I prepare for the Model Arab League?
As a start, the National Council’s Web site, http://www.ncusar.org/modelarableague, contains many helpful resources. From our site you can obtain the Model Arab League Handbook, which contains our rules of parliamentary procedure, links to help you begin your research, and topic guides provided by the secretariat of the National University Model. You should also consult your faculty advisor on where to locate resources with current information on your assigned country’s background and major foreign policy objectives.

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University of Michigan - Law Professor from Tel Aviv University to Speak

EXPERT ISRAELI LAW PROFESSOR TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

(Ann Arbor, MI) - Professor Daphne Barak-Erez, a visiting professor of law from Tel Aviv University, will be coming to Ann Arbor to speak about the evolution of women’s rights in Israel. She will explore the basic tensions concerning gender equality in Israel in a way that will reflect current legal challenges as well as different feminist ideologies among Israeli women. She will present a keynote speech on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. The speech will be titled, "Evolving Equality: Women’s Rights in Israel."

Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez is a Stewart and Judy Colton professor of law and the chair of law and security at the faculty of law. She currently serves as the Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law and a member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Her main areas of interests are Administrative and Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Privatization, Legal Feminism, Israeli Legal History. She is the author of several books and many articles and the recipient of such prestigious honors as including the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the Zeltner Prize, the Woman of the City Award (by the City of Tel-Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (by the Israeli Bar).

This event is hosted and sponsored by the American Movement for Israel.

This event is funded by American Movement for Israel, Michigan Student Assembly, LSA Student Government, and the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.*

This event is supported by the F Word, Society of Women Engineers, Women and Gender in Public Policy, Women in Health Leadership, the Feminist Toolshed, Women Law Students Association, Michigan Business Women, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies, Center for International and Comparative Law, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Middle East Studies, and the Women’s Studies Department.

*Funds are provided by the Ginsberg Center to help raise awareness and discussion of these issues on campus. The viewpoints expressed therein do not necessarily reflect those of the Ginsberg Center or its programs.

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November 04, 2009

CASA Summer and Full Year Programs

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
2010 Summer & 2010-2011 Full Year Programs

Two types of CASA fellowships are available for advanced Arabic language study at the American University in Cairo and Damascus University:
1) Summer-Only Fellowships (Cairo only: June 4, 2010-July 26, 2010): These fellowships allow students to participate in an intensive seven-week summer language and culture program that includes 10 weekly hours of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic & 8 hours of Modern Standard Arabic plus a weekly tour in Arabic.
2) Full-Year Fellowships (Cairo: June 4, 2010-May 21, 2011): These provide intensive language & culture training in Egyptian Colloquial or Syrian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic for three semesters and allow students in the spring semester to take courses in Arabic in their respective areas of specialization.

Succesfull applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program or in between their undergraduate and graduate study; committed to a career in Middle Eastern Studies; have had a minimum of 2-3 years of college-level Arabic language study, and pass the CASA Selection exam which will be administered to all applicants at a school in their locality on Friday, February 5, 2010. Please note that non-U.S. citizens are also welcome to apply to CASA, and if accepted, may participate on a Pay-Your-Own-Way basis.

The CASA fellowship award covers round-trip airfare, tuition, and a maintenance allowance of approximately $500 per month.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2010-2011 PROGRAMS IS JANUARY 8, 2009

For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa/

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CASA II - Program for Post-CASAA Language Study & Arabic-Based Research

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

2010-2011 Program for Post-CASA Language Study & Arabic-Based Research in Cairo, Egypt

The CASA II program aims to further opportunities for CASA fellows, who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years, to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt.

The CASA II program offers the opportunity to study for one or two semesters (Fall or Spring or both) at the American University in Cairo. The program is meant to be flexible so as to cater to the individual linguistic and research needs of each CASA II fellow. Individual academic programs for each CASA fellow will be designed in close consultation between the fellow and the CASA Executive Director in Cairo.

Each CASA II fellow is expected to enroll in three tutorials per semester. These tutorials can be in any of the language skills or in the fellow's own field of specialization. In addition, CASA II fellows are welcome to enroll in any of the regular CASA classes that are offered during the fall and spring semesters as part of their CASA II program. CASA II fellows are also expected to participate in and contribute to the full range of activities of the CASA program.

Requirements:
To qualify for a CASA II fellowship, the successful applicant must have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years and must be enrolled in a graduate program in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. Former CASA fellows who graduated more than five years ago may apply for a CASA II fellowship but they must take the CASA Entrance Exam to assess their current level of proficiency in Arabic.

Each applicant must complete the CASA II application form and provide all supporting documents.

Each applicant is expected to pay a non-refundable program fee of $825 per semester ($1,100 per semester for fellows from non-CASA Consortium schools).

Similar to other CASA programs, applicants to CASA II have the option of applying on a Pay-Your-Own-Way basis if they have other sources of funding.

For detailed descriptions of the CASA programs, or to download application application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa/

Application deadline for 2010-2011 programs is January 8, 2010

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CASA III - Refresher Course for Professors

2010-2011 Refresher Course for Professors in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), offers fellowships for professors of the humanities and social sciences whose specialties focus on any aspect of the Arab World/Middle East. The CASA III fellowships are intended for professors who are interested in further advancing their proficiency in Arabic and for those who wish to undertake research in Arabic materials under the supervision of a specialist.

Applicants must have a level of competence in Arabic of Advanced or above according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidlines (equivalent to at least three years of study at the college level.) An oral proficiency phone interview in Arabic will be conducted with each applicant to determine her/his level of proficiency. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply to participate in this program on a Pay-Your-Own Way basis.

The CASA III fellowship award covers round-trip airfare, tuition, and a maintenance allowance of the Egyptian equivalent of approximately $1250 per month, plus an educational supplies allowance.

For a detailed description of the CASA III program, or to download application forms, please visit the CASA web site at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/casa/

Application deadline for 2010-2011 programs is January 8, 2010

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