February 16, 2011

Summer 2011 Faculty-led Travel Course

Summer 2011 Faculty-led Travel Course

APPLICATION DEADLINE Monday, March 21, 2011
Space is limited— apply today!

Travel throughout Tunisia as part of a course, The Arab World, Islam, and U.S. Foreign Policy, May 22-June 11, 2011, with Professor Peter J. Schraeder. Learn about the politics and culture of the Arab World. Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia. Visit sites of political, religious, and historical significance throughout Tunisia. Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy and meet the U.S. Ambassador. Take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students your own age. Camp overnight in the Sahara Desert.


Professor Peter J. Schraeder is a specialist in Afri-can politics (including North Africa) and U.S. foreign policy and is also fluent in English and French. This will be the fifth time Dr. Schraeder has led this program in Tunisia. The trip will also include guest lectures from internationally acclaimed Tunisian scholars.


3/21 Application Deadline
5/21 Depart U.S. for Tunisia
5/22 Arrive in Tunisia
6/11 Depart Tunisia for U.S.


Shared occupancy in 4-5 star hotels 3 meals per day All in-country travel expenses (including travel by a new Mercedes bus and 4x4 Land Rovers) English-speaking Tunisian tour guide and local lecturers Entrance fees to all sites, such as Roman and Carthaginian ruins, religious sites (Islamic mosques, Catholic churches, and Jewish tem-ples), and museums On-site program support $100 Loyola Office for International Programs study abroad fee


Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Tunis) approxi-mately $1,200 Personal spending money Optional baggage insurance/excess baggage fees Optional travel insurance International health insurance (required to be purchased separately)


3 credit hours of Loyola summer session tuition (Note: graduate students pay graduate tuition rate)


PLSC 300: The Arab World, Islam, and
U.S. Foreign Policy

This course is cross-listed with Black World Studies (BWS), International Studies (INTS), Islamic World Studies (IWS), and Peace Studies (PAX). This pro-gram is an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Middle East Studies, African Studies, International Studies, United States Foreign Policy, History and Politics of the Arab World and Islam, and Classical Studies (Roman and Carthaginian Empires).


Visit LUC.edu/studyabroad/summer
Contact Amye Day, Office for International Programs, aday1@luc.edu or 773-508-2551 OR contact Dr. Peter J. Schraeder, Department of Political Science, pschrae@luc.edu


Visit LUC.edu/studyabroad and click on “Apply Now!”

All applications must be accompanied by a $100 non-refundable deposit (that counts towards your program fee) and a copy of a valid passport or re-ceipt from passport application.

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February 10, 2011


US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program

IREX is pleased to announce 2011-2012 competition for the US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program.

EPS provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for up to eight weeks to serve US Embassies in Eurasia as policy specialists on a chosen topic and pursue their own research project independently. EPS Grant covers the cost of travel and in-country housing and provides a stipend for living expenses.

Eligible Embassies and Fields (for more detailed descriptions of research fields please see application instructions posted on the link below):

Azerbaijan (US Embassy, Baku)
·Caspian Geography/Environment

Georgia (US Embassy, Tbilisi)

Kazakhstan (US Embassy, Astana)
·Civil Society
·Foreign Relations

Kyrgyzstan (US Embassy, Bishkek)
·Policy Coordination
·Cross-border trade

·History of US-Russia Relations (US Consulate, St. Petersburg)
·Environment (US Embassy, Moscow)
·Science Policy (US Embassy, Moscow)
·Energy/Public Policy (US Embassy, Moscow)

Tajikistan (US Embassy, Dushanbe)
·International Relations

Turkmenistan (US Embassy, Ashgabat)
·Alternative/Solar Energy

Ukraine (US Embassy, Kyiv)
·Environmental Studies/Public Health

The EPS application and instructions are available on the IREX website: http://www.irex.org/application/us-embassy-policy-specialist-program-eps-application

Completed applications are due no later than March 15, 2011

Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and US citizenship are eligible to apply for the EPS Program.

Questions may be addressed to the EPS Program Staff at eps@irex.org or by telephone at 202-942-9111.

EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

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February 02, 2011

Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

Ninth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

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.

For an application, visit: ncusar.org/programs/NCUSAR_Malone_Fellowship_Application.pdf

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January 17, 2011

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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April 07, 2010

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) TUNISIA 2010

Although Tunisia enjoys a Mediterranean setting and is a beach destination for vacationing Europeans, there is much more to this small country than sand and sun. Over the course of 3000 years, Tunisia, the northernmost country of Africa, has witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Turks, Spanish and French. They came as fugitives or adventurers, to conquer or to claim, warriors and missionaries, traders and farmers, each leaving a part of their story in stone or mosaics, on the hills of Carthage and the threshold of the Sahara.

Our journey takes us to many important Roman ruins, to the sands of the Sahara and its desert oases, and to the tranquility of the island of Djerba, referred to by Ulysses as the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Along the way, we are introduced to the customs and cultures of these fascinating regions.


* Learning about Islam in the modern world
* Marvelling at the best preserved Ancient Roman Colosseum
* Hunting for bargains in the Souk
* Visiting a Berber family in Matmata
* Driving across the Chott el Jerid salt flats
* Visiting schools in the desert


Day 1 Arrive Tunis
Day 2 Tunis ; Kairouan ; Sbeitla
Day 3 Sbeitla, Tozeur
Day 4 Tozeur Chebika, Tamerza, Nefta
Day 5 Chott el Jerid, Douz, Matmata
Day 6 Matmata Medenine,Chenini; Douiret, Djerba
Day 7 Djerba
Day 8 Djerba Sfax
Day 9 Sfax, El Jem,Monastir Sousse
Day 10 Sousse
Day 11 Dougga, Tuburgo Majus, Tunis
Day 12 Tunis Bardo Carthage Sidi Bou Said
Day 13 Depart Tunis

Contact Information:

Joan Brodsky Schur, Social Studies Coordinator Village Community School


Land Cost (start /end Tunis): US$1595* per person

Single supplement: US$375
If you are traveling alone and you are willing to share, we will try to match you up with an appropriate roommate. If we can’t, the single supplement will apply

*based on a minimum of 12 participants.

Please contact Worldwide Quest for flight arrangements from your home city.


* Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar, based on twin occupancy
* Meals as listed in the itinerary
* Three airport transfers on arrival and departure provided to the group
* All ground transportation by private air-conditioned coach
* Excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides
* All entrance fees to mentioned monuments


· International airfare
· Meals not listed in the itinerary
· Airport and departure taxes
· Gratuities
· Items of a personal nature, such as laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc.
· Travel insurance
· Visa
· Fuel Surcharges
· Airport arrival and departure transfers if not traveling using pre-set group transfers
· Additional arrangements due to any emergency situation


Day 1: Arrive Tunis

On arrival in Tunis you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar in Tunis.

Overnight: Tunis

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kairouan to Sbeitla

Our Tunisian adventure continues this morning as we start our drive south. Our first stop is at the Great Mosque in Kairouan. This is the oldest mosque in North Africa with one of the world’s oldest minarets. We will also visit the Mosque of the Barber, the burial place of the one of the Prophet Mohammed’s companions. Here we can also explore the old Medina, surrounded by walls. Continue to Sbeitla to visit the Ancient Roman ruins of Sufeitula, containing the best-preserved Forum temples in Tunisia. The ancient town, then held by the Byzantine Prefect Gregory was captured by the Arabs in 647AD and briefly served as capital of the country.

Check in at hotel Sufeitula in Sbeitla..

Overnight: Sbeitla

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Sbeitla Tozeur

Departure to the oasis town of Tozeur known for its hundred thousand palm trees. The dates exported from Tozeur are very well known. In the Medina (old city) of Tozeur, we will admire traditional architecture, fashion and workmanship

Overnight: Tozeur Hotel Ras El Ain or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Oasis Towns

Today we venture by jeep into the incredible scenery of the mountain oasis towns near Tozeur. Chebika is an ancient town first established by the Romans to link Leveste (Tebessa) in Algeria to Tacapa (Gabes) on the Oriental coast of Tunisia. To communicate with nearby regions, the legionaries used a reflecting mirror. Tamerza is thought to be the Ancient Roman site of Ad Turres, a defensive Roman station that became an Episcopal place in the Byzantine era. Hidden by a chain of mountainsdominating a large plain, the village has a privileged location. Coming down from the village, we reach “Oued El Khanga” to admire a beautiful waterfall. We continue to Nefta, the ancient Aggasel Nepte of the Romans. Destroyed in the 11th century by the rulers of Tunis for refusing to pay taxes, the city of Nefta was renewed. It became a strong centre of Sufism, a mystic Islamic movement, and reached the peak of prosperity in the 16th century. Overnight: Tozeur Hotel Ras El Ain or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Chott el Jerid to Matmata

Today’s drive across the salt lake of Chott el Jerid will be a real highlight with many opportunities for fabulous photo stops. Douz, the gateway to the desert, is our destination at the far end of the salt lake. After a stop in Douz to explore the town, we continue on to Matmata. This is a spectacular site situated in a basin scattered with countless tiny hills, a lunar landscape surrounded by bald mountains. From afar, the ground appears to be riddled with an endless number of craters. These are the Troglodytes houses. This location served as the setting for many recent movies including the Star Wars series. Here we’ll visit the home of Berber tribes people.

Overnight: Matmata Hotel Diar El Barbar or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Matmata ; Medenine, Chenini Douiret Djerba

We leave the desert today and begin our drive north. Our route takes us first to the mountain villages of Chenini and Douiret. These villages are made up of cave houses built on the slopes of a mountain with a white mosque in the midst. Explore the Ksour district centred on the rugged hills of the Jebel Dahar Range. We’ll stop to visit 17th century Ksar Medenine with ghorfas (stone or mud pigeonholes once used as storehouses) .We arrive in Djerba in the afternoon. The Island of Djerba, resembles Polynesia in its soft, serene tropical landscape. Djerba was know already since Antiquity as Homer’s Ulysses stopped here during his trip.

Overnight: Hotel Miramar Petit Palais or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Djerba

Free day in Djerba.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Djerba Sfax.

Our journey north continues today, travelling through the Ancient Roman city of Gabes and onward to Sfax, once known as the base of the Barbary piracy, prompting an unsuccessful invasion by Venice in 1785. Visit the Medina of Sfax

Overnight: Hotel Sfax Centre or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Sfax El Jem, Monastir Sousse

Departure to visit the magnificent Ancient Roman amphitheatre at El Jem. This is the third largest amphitheatre in the ancient world with a capacity of 27,000 spectators.Departure to visit the Ribat of Monastir. Founded in the 9th century B.C, Sousse is the third largest city in Tunisia with an over three thousand year history preserved within the fortified ramparts of the medina.

Visit the Ribat .

Overnight: Hotel Vincci El Kantaoui Centre 4 stars in Sousse or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Sousse

Free Day.

Free time enjoying the sea and the souks.

Overnight: Hotel Vincci El Kantaoui Centre 4 stars in Sousse or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Dougga, Tuburbo Majus Tunis

Today is devoted to an exploration of the major Ancient Roman sites of northern Tunisia.

The site at Tuburgo Majus is extensive and covers about 40 hectares. It has been partially excavated and is dotted with many buildings, mostly monumental, such as the capitol, with its six façade columns, the temple of Peace and that of Mercury, the summer baths and the winter baths, as well as the market and the residential quarter.

Dougga is the best-preserved site in Tunisia, a settlement of Numidian origin in the 2nd century BC, later promoted to the status of municipium by the Romans. Here we can walk along its ancient stone-paved streets and admire its capitol, theatre and other splendid public buildings.

Overnight: Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar in Tunis.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Tunis, Carthage, Sidi Bou Said

Constructed by the Arabs in 698, Tunis flourished inside its fortified ramparts. Walking in the Medina (the walled historic centre), we’ll be charmed by the exotic scents of perfumes and spices. We’ll visit the Bardo Museum, the ancient residence of the beys (dynasty ruling Tunisia from1705 to 1957), which now houses a splendid archaeological museum. This afternoon, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Carthage, with magnificent features of the ancient baths and two sea ports.

Overnight: Tunis Yadis Ibn Khaldoun or similar .

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Depart Tunis

We transfer to the airport for our homeward flights or onward arrangements.

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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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March 10, 2010


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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