At MEI we are committed to offering K- 14 teachers robust and useful professional development opportunities on teaching about the Middle East in a nuanced and well-informed manner.
Reconfiguring Representations of the Middle East and South Asia
The MEI partnered with Teacher’s College at Columbia University to create a workshop for K-12 public school teachers on “Rethinking Representations of the Middle East and South Asia.” Held at Teachers College, the workshop included a diverse group of panelists:
Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D, Senior Lecturer; Literacy, Culture and International Education Division at the University of Pennsylvania
Maria Hantzopoulos, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Education at Vassar College
Roozbeh Shirazi, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Program in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota
Sa'ed Atshan, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College
Debbie Almontaser, PhD, President Board of Directors and CEO of Bridging Cultures Group and the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy.
The Discourse of the Veil
Assistant Professor Nadia Geousous from Colorado College, PhD in Anthropology and graduate of Columbia University gave a full-day teacher’s workshop on Islam and the veil in June 2017 at Columbia.
Citizenship and Nationality in Israel/Palestine
MEI hosted a teacher’s workshop at Columbia Law School on citizenship and nationality in Israel/Palestine chaired by Columbia law professor Katherine Franke.