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March 17, 2010

Volunteer Opportunity in Cairo - NEW Application Deadline

Spend your summer volunteering in Cairo!
NEW Applicaiton Deadline: April 1

Marhaba: Volunteers in the Middle East is announcing its summer 2010 service-learning programs in Cairo, Egypt. We offer summer experiences for college students that combine Arabic language study with meaningful service to communities Egypt. This year volunteers will either teach English classes at an Egyptian youth-led NGO which addresses urban poverty or teach extracurricular classes to refugee children in summer school. Students should expect to spend 15 to 20 hours per week volunteering. Additionally, we arrange Arabic courses, cultural events, and group trips throughout the summer.

Marhaba is pleased to offer two scholarships of up to $1,000 to support volunteers in either program who would not otherwise be able to volunteer abroad.

We welcome applicants from all majors. Students with experience in the performing and visual arts are especially encouraged to apply to Program 1 with St. Andrews Refugee Services.

More information is available at www.gomarhaba.org or by emailing info@gomarhaba.org.

Flyer: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=1276d9e6cad58a91&attid=0.1&disp=attd&zw

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“Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta” is a stunning IMAX film aimed at demystifying the Muslim pilgrimage for western audiences through this traveler’s tremendous experiences. It is beautifully filmed and includes sweeping views of the desert landscape as well as informative explanations of Mecca as it was in the 14th century and as it is today. We offer a 15% discount to those that show a valid student ID and we also offer a combo tour for groups in conjunction with the Arab American Museum.


Please feel free to contact Hanan Saab directly if you have any questions or comments at:

IMAX Theatre Promotions Assistant/Group Coordinator
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn MI 48128
313.982.6100 ext. 2092

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March 12, 2010

Arab American Identity Symposium

A Discursive Approach to the Formation of Arab American Identity: Literature, Politics, and Archival Evidence

A free symposium, open to the public

Monday, March 15, 2010
3:30 - 8:00pm
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery in the Mardigian Library

This mini symposium, sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies, seeks to introduce neglected strands of early Arab American life in a public forum. The growing scholarship on the early Arabic-speaking immigrants to the United States often relies on settled assumptions about their political life, and barely scratches the surface of their massive literary output in both the English and Arabic languages. Two salient misconceptions of the current discourse are that the early immigrants exhibited rampant sectarianism in the press, and indifference toward homeland political issues. Pioneering scholarship in this symposium proposes a new perspective of the formation of Arab American identity based on new theoretical and historical foundations.

Reception to follow.

More information at casl.umd.umich.edu/ under Events.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Wail Hassan explores the representations of that identity by examining Abraham Mitrie Rihbany's autobiography, A Far Journey (1914).

Dr. Lawrence Davidson is the first scholar to describe the political activities of a number of Arab immigrant authors and reporters.

Dr. Hani Bawardi bridges the two discussions by chronicling representations of nationalism in the literature from the same period.

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Palestine Center 2010 Summer Internship

Deadline to apply for 2010 Summer Internship: Friday, 16 April 2010

For more information about the internship program or how to apply, please visit www.thejerusalemfund.org/internships.

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development offers summer internship positions with its educational program, the Palestine Center, for undergraduate students. The internship program provides students with an opportunity to conduct primary-source research, develop writing and organizational skills, build valuable D.C. contacts, gain hands-on experience and observe the extensive political and policy-related happenings in the metropolitan D.C. area. As important members of our team, interns gain valuable exposure to the functions of a highly productive non-profit organization working on issues of national and international significance.

Palestine Center 2009 Summer Interns

Summer interns coordinate a summer lecture series, write an in-depth information brief on a topic related to the Palestine issue and assist with Palestine Center briefings,film screenings and symposia. All interns are encouraged to attend relevant events in the area during their internship and to pursue avenues of research that are of personal interest to them, provided the research relates to the work of the Center. The Palestine Center staff provides guidance on research and logistics, helps to educate interns on the Palestinian issue and advises them as needed on career development.

2009 Intern Summer Lecture Series Breifing

The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and objective information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

The Palestine Center brings together people and resources within the American and Palestinian communities to educate about Palestine and the Palestinian people's ongoing quest for sovereignty on their land, civil and political rights and an end to Israeli occupation.

The need for an organization such as The Palestine Center can be found in the effects of the economic, cultural and political oppression Palestinians have endured and which continues on a daily basis in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the surrounding refugee camps and for Palestinians world-wide as they struggle to retain their homeland.

Palestinians' ability to maintain their daily lives and strengthen their democratic political system depends on international humanitarian and non-governmental organizations such as The Jerusalem Fund.

Palestine Center Blog: http://e2ma.net/go/6618389281/208131746/211784749/29513/goto:http:/www.palestinecenterblog.org/

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2010 Summer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe and Eurasia

Deadline March 15, 2010

CREES Research, Internship, and Fellowship (CRIF) Program Grants:
The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) seeks applications from students in REES and REES-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Michigan for grants ranging from $500 to $1500 towards summer or semester-long research projects or internships at institutions in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Students planning to do research or internships in Poland may be awarded up to $3000.

CES-EUC Summer Research and Internship Grants:
The Center for European Studies – European Union Center (CES-EUC) seeks applications from University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students for grants ranging from $500 to $1500 towards summer research or internships. The grants are intended to promote the study of Europe and European integration.

U-M undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels and may receive funding for this program by applying for CES-EUC Summer Research and Internship Grants. For more information see http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/ and http://www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc/resources/student.

See Application Procedure Below:

The following materials are required:

· CREES/CES-EUC summer funding application*

· Statement of purpose (1-3 pages) including proposed time period, institutional affiliation, your reasons for pursuing the project, and how this experience will contribute to your career goals

· Two letters of recommendation

· Budget worksheet*

· Curriculum Vitae

· Official University of Michigan transcript

*Application and budget forms are at http://www.ii.umich.edu/crees/academics/studentfund or http://www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc/resources/student.

Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should be prepared to identify the venue for their internship in a governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution in the region. A written project report will be required at the conclusion of the grant.

Summer funding applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm on March 15, 2010 to:

CREES/CES-EUC Fellowship Applications, 1080 S. University, Suite 3668, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

or by email to jclaus@umich.edu.

Questions should be directed to Julie Claus at jclaus@umich.edu or 734.764.0351.

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Critical Language Scholarship Institutes in Turkish Language:
The program provides support for intensive study of Turkish language at all levels, including air fare, tuition, and stipend. Courses are held in several locations in Turkey. The competition is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. For more information, please see the program website at http://www.clscholarship.org/index.html. The application deadline is around November 1 - exact date to be announced.

ARIT - Princeton Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish
Language at Bogazici University, Istanbul:

The program supports intensive study of advanced Turkish language at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, including air fare, tuition, and stipend. The application deadline is February 1.

Full Press Release: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=12752b2403e3afab&attid=0.1&disp=vah&realattid=0.1&zw

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American Research Institute in Turkey / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2011-2012:
ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training. The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year. Stipends range from $16,800 to 50,400.

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2011-2012:
ARIT Fellowships are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, from one to three months up to terms of a year. Stipends range from $4,000 to $16,000.

Kenan T. Erim Fellowship, 2010-2011:
The Erim fellowship will support excavation or field study of excavated material remains at Aphrodisias during the summer 2011, $2375.

Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT before November 1, 2010. The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2011.

Full Press Release: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=12752b2403e3afab&attid=0.1&disp=vah&realattid=0.1&zw

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March 10, 2010


2010 SASLI Program Dates: June 14 - Aug. 6

SASLI Mission Statement:
The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) is a formal educational collaboration of the US Department of Education-designated Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia in partnership with the South Asia Language Resource Center (SALRC). SASLI is dedicated to training students, faculty, and professionals in the languages of South Asia.

The SASLI program fee for 2010 is $3,300. The program fee does not include the cost of textbooks, or living expenses. It does include the UW-Madison assessment fee. SASLI is open to undergraduates, graduate students and non-student professionals. UW Madison in-state undergraduates will be charged regular undergraduate tuition for 8 credits as posted on the UW Registrar's Office Website.

(Note: This program is also hiring Lecturers and Faculty Assistants--see the same website listed below for details).

Apply at http://www.sasli.wisc.edu/


Contact program assistant, Ean Barnard, directly at (608) 261-1194 or
via email at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

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When/Where: The 40th anniversary of the Kubbealtı Academy Culture and Art Foundation between November 4 and 6, 2010 at Beşiktaş, Istanbul, with the support of Bahçeşehir University Civilization Studies Center and Elginkan Foundation.

Symposium Topics: Which needs have prompted the scholars to focus on this wide research field that had initially started with lexicology and subsequently branched out into lexicography, dictionary research, dictionary use and teaching? Which methodological questions have challenged them along this academic journey? While advancing in their fields, which definitions and methods have they applied, which results have they received? What are the current issues that we need to address?

* Lexicology Today and in the Past
* Dictionary Research: Dictionary grammar and proficiency
* Dictionary Types: The classification of the types, structure and scope in terms of subject coverage
* Researches on Dictionary Teaching and Use
* Corpus and Data Banks: Methodology and Problems
* Computational Lexicography

Who to Contact about the Symposium:

View the detailed information pamphlet below which includes information about The Participation and Venue of the Symposium, Deadline for Application and Abstract Submissions,Submission Guidelines for Papers, and more.

More Information: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=12748390f1482c60&attid=0.2&disp=attd&zw

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Turkish Language and Literature Lecturer Position Announcement, Stanford University

The Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University invites applications for a two-year renewable lecturer position in Turkish Language and Literature, beginning September 2010. We are seeking a skilled instructor with a commitment to a proficiency-based approach to language teaching at all levels, and an interest in ongoing professional development in language pedagogy.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and methodology, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, course evaluations (if available) and sample course syllabi to Turkish Language and Literature Search, Stanford University, Department of Comparative Literature, 450 Serra Mall, Pigott Hall, Stanford, CA 94305-2031. Email: minahara@stanford.edu

Review of applications with begin on April 1st, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Responsibilities include teaching six courses per academic year (i.e. 2 courses per academic quarter), developing a Turkish language and culture program, and collaborating with other Stanford units in enhancing Turkic language instruction. The lecturer will teach Turkish language courses as well as courses that draw on modern literary, social, political, cultural and/or sociolinguistic topics related to the Turkish language and that are appropriate to the appointee's research and expertise.

Applicants must have: 1) native or near-native fluency in modern Turkish; 2) excellent command of English; 3) extensive experience in teaching modern Turkish as a second language in a college or university environment; 4) an M.A. in Turkish studies or an allied field of the humanities. Ph.D. in the above-mentioned disciplines is highly preferred. A background in literature is an asset. Command of Ottoman Turkish and/or Turkic languages is highly desirable.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applicants from women and members minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.

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Tomorrow's Youth Organization--Extended Deadline

Tomorrow's Youth Organization, an American nonprofit working with disadvantaged children in the Middle East, is recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns interested in community development, early childhood education, youth programming, and conflict resolution to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Summer 2010 programs (June – August).

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Read more about the program and the application process by downloading the application (http://www.tomorrowsyouth.org/view/images/uploaded/TYO%20Internship%20Summer%202010.pdf) today – it’s due by April 1, 2010 to hr@tomorrowsyouth.org.

In case you cannot access the application here are the pertinent parts:
Interested candidates should send:
- resume
- answers to the 7 questions below (100 words each)
- (optional) a letter of motivation presenting any other information if you think it is
essential to your application
To hr@tomorrowsyouth.org no later than April 1, 2009.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for phone/skype interview beginning late March. Selected
interns should plan to arrive in Nablus the first week of June. The summer program will end by
August 10, 2010.

Please answer the following questions (100 words or less for each):
1) How did you hear about this opportunity?
2) Give an example of a project for children or youth 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? (Be honest—if you don’t have prior experience, respond to what draws you to the opportunity.)
3) Why do you want to work in the West Bank?
4) What do you feel would be your greatest asset to TYO?
5) You are advertising for a new roommate on Craigslist. Please write a profile of what you are looking for in a roommate.
6) Give an example of a challenging cross-cultural situation you were involved in (when, where, what, why), and how you dealt with it (for better or worse!).
7) What do you hope to gain (personally, professionally, developmentally) from this internship?

Additional information from the application form:

The primary requirements for the position are:
- Enthusiasm for work with children, youth and community members;
- Maturity, flexibility, initiative, perseverance and a good sense of humor given the challenging nature of daily life in Nablus;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Proven ability to work independently as well as perform as a member of a team;
- Commitment to TYO’s non-political, non-religious approach; and
- Creativity and positive energy for making a difference.
TYO Interns will work full-time in cooperation with TYO local and international staff. Interns will create summer programs for children, youth and adults from refugee camps and other marginalized
areas of the Nablus community. Each intern will develop and implement their own creative curriculum(s) through the summer, documenting development growth/gains in their class and in
their participants, as well as informally acting as a liaison between TYO and the local community.
Summer programs may include half-day classes in sports, drama, art, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Also, there are opportunities to collaborate on other grant-funded
projects in the areas of photography/painting and micro-finance projects for women.
Successful applicants will have significant experience with childhood and youth programming, international experience and maturity. Graduate students, young professionals and/or
undergraduates are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the areas below:
- arts, drama, dance, sports particularly when used as therapy
- teaching/mentoring (e.g. camp counselor, tutor, etc)
- undergraduate or graduate studies in education, psychology/social work, journalism and new media, Middle East studies, or related fields
- writing & new media
o social media (e.g. Flickr, Twitter, WordPress, etc)
o documentary film production and editing
o photography
- English as a Second Language (for all ages)
- Levantine Arabic speakers (a plus but translators will be provided)
There is no salary for the internship. Applicants are encouraged to pursue funding options through their universities or communities. TYO will provide interns 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 with local professor from Arab American University in Jenin

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Compassionate Listening Delegation--Israel and Palestine

The Compassionate Listening Project is planning its next citizen delegation to Israel and Palestine this spring, and has six spaces available.

The trip dates will be May 25 – June 5, 2010. If you are interested in joining our delegation or learning more about Compassionate Listening or the work we do in the Middle East, please visit website at http://www.compassionatelistening.org/delegations/israel-palestine or contact:

Discussion Circle

Cathy Keene
Administrative Director
The Compassionate Listening Project
P.O. Box 17
Indianola, WA 98342

See program description below:

We will begin our delegation in the Old City of Jerusalem (at a Christian Guest House in the Muslim Quarter) with Compassionate Listening training, and then practice each day in the field with Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life, as well as with one another. Our time will be divided between Compassionate Listening training, listening sessions with Israelis and Palestinians, group reflection, and touring. Listening sessions will take place in homes, offices, villages, refugee camps, and settlements. Participants will enjoy touring well-known and off-the-beaten track ancient sites with a professional Israeli tour guide.

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