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January 27, 2011

Internship Oppurtunity: "ADC Anthony Shadid Internship Program"

Internship Oppurtunity: “ADC Anthony Shadid Internship Program”

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1st

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Legal Department is looking for motivated, self-starter law students who want a great experience in Washington, DC, this summer. Interns will be working closely with ADC attorneys on an array of issues. Interns are expected to commit 40 hours per week, starting in late May. The program ends in early August.

Interns will have the opportunity to work on a number of cases involving civil rights. Cases will be in the areas of immigration law, employment discrimination, educational discrimination, housing discrimination, freedom of speech matters, public accommodations, hate crimes and family law issues. Interns will also have the opportunity to represent the organization at various meetings and conferences, and develop a vast network with a number of government and professional agencies in the DC area.

Law students who are taking or have already taken courses in immigration law, employment discrimination law, and/or civil rights and remedies law are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous legal and policy experience at a non-profit group or a legal clinic is highly desirable. Demonstrated interest in these areas is also required. Strong legal research and writing are required. Bilingual ability in Arabic and English is helpful but not required.

What you need to apply:
-completed application form
-Academic transcript
-Two letters of recommendation
-Two-page personal statement about your goals as an ADC intern and how your academic, professional, or campus and community activities or career goals are related to the position you requested.

Mail completed package to:
ADC Anthony Shadid Internship Program – Legal Department
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
1732 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

For more information, call 202-244-2990 or email ADC Legal Director Abed Ayoub at aayoub@adc.org.

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January 19, 2011

The First Annual Islamic Studies Conference at UCSB: A Graduate Student Gathering

The First Annual Islamic Studies Conference at UCSB: A Graduate Student Gathering

When: April 9-10, 2011
Where: The University of California, Santa Barbara

Keynote Speaker: R. Stephen Humphreys (Department of History, UCSB) In his three-volume work, The Venture of Islam, Marshall Hodgson established a vital foundation for the academic study of Islam, and most scholars who specialize in Islamic Studies have been influenced by his work either implicitly or explicitly.

This conference aims to emphasize influential scholars who have been involved in shaping our shared field of Islamic Studies. Therefore we think that it will be instructive to require participants to include a discussion of The Venture of Islam and its relevance (or lack thereof) to their papers. That is, how does Hodgson’s work influence the study of a given topic?

We invite paper proposals that treat any number of topics, such as: law, Sufism, music, history, violence, theory & methodology, conversion, geography, theology, exegesis and gender. Particularly welcome are papers that, through the lens of a given research topic, focus on the importance of particular key figures in the field of Islamic Studies, including but not limited to Hodgson, explaining why their impact is noteworthy.

Please note that participating in the conference does not require one to be a Hodgson specialist, and the centrality of his work to each presentation may vary. Rather, participants should simply be able to demonstrate familiarity with the influences that The Venture of Islam might have on their research.

To apply, please submit the below information to: ucsbislamicstudiesconference@gmail.com

• Working paper title
• Abstract (maximum 500 words)
• CV (maximum two pages)
• Brief biographical sketch (maximum 200 words)

Also consider reviewing Kecia Ali’s guidelines for writing successful conference paper proposals. Proposals are due by February 1st and decisions will be made by February 15th.

Meals will be provided on both days, including a sponsored dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday. For more information about financial assistance, travel, accommodations, etc., please visit the UCSB Islamic Studies Conference website.

Please direct any conference-related questions to the aforementioned email address.

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January 17, 2011

Fellowship Program for Research on Yemen for U.S. Citizens 2011 Competition

During the 2011 Academic year AIYS expects to award pre- and post-doctoral fellowships for research on Yemen conducted in places other than Yemen. The deadline for the receipt of fellowship applications for this competition is March 1, 2011. Scholars in all fields of the humanities, social sciences and from fields in the sciences such as paleontology and botany are eligible to apply. It should be noted that ECA-supported fellowships for U.S. based scholars may only be held by U.S. citizens. Fellowships are subject to the renewal of funding by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Information about the range of fellowship programs may be obtained from the AIYS office or from our website.

Please note that this is currently a ban on using State Department-funded fellowships for travle to Yemen, Since it is unknown how long this situation will last, AIYS is--for this presnet competition--accepting only fellowship applications for research on Yemen conducted in places other than Yemen. We regret that we are not accepting applications for Arabic language study at this time.

Information on AIYS

AIYS is a non-profit consortium of academic institutions founded in 1977 for the purpose of supporting research on Yemini and SOuth Arabian studies and promoting scholarly exchange beteween Yemen and the United States. AIYS maintains a research center in Sana'a, Yemen, consisting of a library, hostel, conference/working space, and administrative offices. The AIYS Resident Director in Sana'a coordinates the applications for required research permmits for work in Yemen and provides other facilitative support services, as necessary, for all scholars based in the United States regardless of funding source.

For details about the specific programs, eligibility and application requirements, see the AIYS website at http://www.aiys.org/fellowships or contact Dr. Maria Ellis, Executive Director of AIYS, at the AIYS administrative office: American Institute for Yemeni Sutdies; PO Box 311; Ardmore PA 19003-0311; tel: 610-896-5412, fax: 610-896-9049; e-mail: mellis@sas.upenn.edu.

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AJC Goldman Fellowship Program

The American Jewish Commitee is pleased to announce the AJC Goldman Fellowship Program.

The fellowship will begin on May 30th and last until July 29th.

AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is a nine-week summer program designed to identify and develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive fellowship gives students the unique oppurtunity to work in an office in the U.S. or abroad, ranging from New York to Warsaw, Poland, and from Washington, D.C., to Melbourne, Australia.

It includes a $3000 stipend and all major travel expenses will be covered.

More Information

Eligible Applicants

AJC's Goldman Fellowship Program is open to undergraduates in their junior and senior years, and students in graduate and professional schools. Students come from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Fellows should demonstrate a passion for making a difference, an interest in American Jewish identity, and a willingness to work hard.

Required Documents

-Completed application form (available at www.ajc.org/fellowship)
-College and graduate transcripts as applicable (official or student copy)
-Essay of approximately 500 words describing your background and fields of interest for the Fellowship (see section entitled areas of Interest inside)
Recent short (one00two page) writing sample or excerpt of a larger paper, preferably on a topic of political, social, ethicial, or specifically Jewish interest and
-Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or relevant previous employer (need not be written exclusively for Fellowship)

Applications are due by Jan. 28th, 2011

For further information see www.ajc.org/fellowship, email fellowship@ajc.org or call 212.751.4000

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APTLII Summer Language Immersion Program

Application materials for Summer 2011 are now available!

LIVE alongside your classmates and faculty on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. BREATHE the culture and beauty of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish in an environment that stresses mastery through total immersion. LEARN in the classroom, at meals, and during other weeknight and weekend activities.

The Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)* is an eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Outside of the classroom, students commit to using their target language at all times - in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Courses are offered at levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced (depending on sufficient enrollment), and provide two semesters of academic credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework. APTLII meets the requirements for Title VI Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.

$6,500 covers tuition, room, board, and fees

Rolling admissions until classes filled or May 15, 2011

* Formerly known as APIP / APTIP, the Arabic Persian Turkish Immersion Program.

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Tenure-Track Position Availability: History Department at Wayne State University

The Department of History at Wayne State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of the modern Middle East at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2011. Field of specialization is open. Teaching responsibilities include advanced and graduate courses in the history of the modern Middle East, and survey courses in Middle Eastern and World history. A strong commitment to research and publication and demonstrated teaching excellence are essential. The search committee will begin to consider applications on January 21, 2011. All applicants must create an online application at http://jobs.wayne.edu and upload their letter of application, curriculum vita, a writing sample (one dissertation chapter or equivalent), and a statement of teaching philosophy. Additionally applicants must submit a transcript which shows highest degree (or, in the case of a current doctoral student, a current transcript), a syllabus for the survey course, and three letters of recommendation to: Middle East History Search, Marc Kruman, Chair, Department of History, Wayne State University, 3094 FAB, 656 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202.

Resumes will only be accepted at http:jobs.wayne.edu.

Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 undergraduate and graduate academic programs through 12 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in Metropolitan Detroit.

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3rd Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World

Summer Institute for the Languges of the Muslim World

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center is pleased to host the 3rd Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2011 (June 13 - August 6, 2011).

SILMW will offer intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Bamana, Bosnian, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof.

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, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.

The SILMW is being organized by a committee consists of Drs. Eyamba Bokamba (Director), Rakesh Bhatt, James Yoon, Ercan Balci, Margaret Njeru, Peyman Nojoumian andEman Saadah from the Department of Linguistics.

For more information please visit: http://silmw.linguistics.uiuc.edu/index.html or contact the Linguistics Department.

Linguistics Department Contact Information:
707 S. Mathews Ave, 4080 FLB, MC-168 Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-3563
Fax: 217-244-8430
Contact: silmw@illinois.edu

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Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program


Applications Now Being Accepted For The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

March 2 - 15, 2011

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, the Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman March 4-15, 2011, including required pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on March 2-3, 2011. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world's most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

The National Council is currently accepting applications to participate in this study visit. APPLY NOW!



The escort for the Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program will be Dr. John Duke Anthony, President & CEO of the National Council.


The fee for the Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit is $7,000.00 per person.

All participants are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C., as well as two nights' accommodation (March 1-2, 2011), as part of the pre-departure orientation.


Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than February 15, 2011.

The application can be found through the link below or on the National Council's website ncusar.org.


American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council's office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the "Embassy of Oman"; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by trackable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council's Washington offices.

About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The National Council does not employ or retain a lobbyist.


The National Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a foundation, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation ties; increased joint ventures; a mutuality of benefit; reciprocal respect for each other's heritage and values; and overall acceptance of each other's legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives.


The National Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. As a public service, the Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, religious, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Information

1730 M St. NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC
Phone: 202-293-6466 | Fax: 202-293-7770

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11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association at The University of Arizona

11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies
Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas


The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Association, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Studies at The University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 11th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies to be held from Tuesday, March 29, 2011 to Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The UA MENA conference typically draws students from more than a dozen countries and is one of the largest, most respected graduate student conferences in the United States.


The aims of the conference are to strengthen ties between academic disciplines, provide a platform for graduate students to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields.

Paper Themes

Paper themes should relate to Current Trends in the Study of the Middle East, North Africa & their Diasporas. This may include, but is not limited to: religion, history, literature, gender, law, human rights, culture, identity, politics, society, movements, economy, education, environment, architecture, linguistics, and conflict. Additionally, students are invited to submit abstracts on other topics.

Submission Guidelines

Paper abstract submissions are due no later than Monday, February 21, 2011. Abstracts must be 250 words or less and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Abstracts must be emailed to uamena@gmail.com and must include paper title, description, author name and affiliation (school and department), and contact information (phone number and email address).

For further information, please visit www.nes.arizona.edu/mena/home or submit your inquiries to uamena@gmail.com.

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