LaGuardia Community College Partnership
We have an ongoing partnership with LaGuardia Community College, a City University of New York (CUNY) school in Queens, New York.
Guest Lecture Program & Speaker’s Bureau
The MEI placed Ph.D. students from Columbia as guest lecturers at LaGuardia. Andrew McLaren, PhD candidate in the Department of Religion, lectured on early Islam in Professor Robin Kietlinski's course on World History in May 2017. Another Ph.D. candidate from the Religion department, Verena Hanna Meyer, lectured on the spread of Islam in Java in June 2017. Additionally, MEI established a “speaker’s bureau” of Columbia Ph.D. candidates who are prepared to offer a variety of guests lectures on the Middle East at community colleges and local schools.
Amazigh/Berber Film Festival
We assisted LaGuardia professor, Habiba Boumlik with the promotion and advertising of an Amazigh/Berber film festival in May 2017. Next year, we plan to officially co-sponsor the festival.
In April 2017, MEI’s Outreach Coordinator, Dahlia El Zein, participated in a faculty seminar with LaGuardia faculty on teaching about Israel/Palestine. Dahlia also teaches an annual summer course on the Middle East at Princeton University. Additionally, Dahlia took part in a Professional Development series organized by Professors Boumlik and Kietlinski at LaGuardia. The seminar was a success and Dahlia will return next year to give a similar seminar.