As the Syrian Civil War enters its eighth year, images of refugees continue to flood the media. While diaspora, displacement and migration increasingly define the human experience they remain difficult subjects to engage with and teach. President Trump’s initiatives - to cancel DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Migrants), build a wall on the US/Mexico border, limit refugee resettlement programs, and ban travel from Muslim majority countries - make discussions about displacement and migration in the classroom imperative. In addition to a lack of comprehensive and accessible instructional materials on these subjects, there is also the need to advise educators on how they can hold space for discussions that might be difficult for students.
This intensive two-day course will cover: historical and contemporary cases of displacement and migration and how to create space in classrooms for difficult conversations and divergent opinions. The first day offers an examination of legal categories such as 'citizen,' 'displaced person,' and 'refugee,' the movement of people around the world and the related geopolitical conflicts and social concerns that charge these topics. The second day focuses on the tools needed to plan and execute lessons based on the content from day one. Led by specialists from Teachers College at Columbia University, participants will learn how to translate content and implement strategies to create open, welcoming and supportive learning environments for students in order to discuss topics that may be highly emotional and politically charged.
In this Trumpian Era where Muslim Bans and discrimination against Muslims and immigrants is at the forefront of the current administration’s agenda, it is even more imperative to tell Muslim stories. This two-day intensive workshop will focus on how to collect oral histories, how to craft a hands-on oral history project for students, and why it is important to collect Muslim oral histories.
Documenting memories, from which meaning can be preserved and drawn out, is at the heart of oral history. Everyday personal commentaries that escape our collective attention are recorded through well-designed recorded interviews. Recordings are then transcribed, summarized, or indexed and then archived or disseminated in various formats. The method of collecting oral history can easily be developed as a project for students in many grades, one which opens up ways of knowing (literacy, developing research skill sets, networking, publishing) from community members and the significance of documenting localized memories.
Guided by an oral history academic expert, Dr. Amina Tawasil, Lecturer of Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, participants will be go through every step and angle of developing and executing an oral history project.
Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, 2018
Brown University, Providence, RI
Format: This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will be asked to engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars during the program.
If you have any questions, please email Mimi_Stephens@brown.edu. Enrollment is limited to 25. Please register early.
The Islamic Studies Center at Duke University offers a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, engage with authentic texts, and participate in experiential learning activities.
This institute is open to currently practicing educators teaching in grades 6-12 in the United States. All expenses will be covered for selected participants. Application Deadline: March 25, 2018.
Unique opportunity for high school teachers and their students to participate in the annual symposium presented by Columbia student group, The Muslim Protagonist. This year's symposium features the theme of "Aunthencity." The symposium will feature panels and workshops on zine-making and calligraphy.
The Middle East Institute is offering to sponsor ten high school teachers and their students to attend (we will cover the attendance fee). If you or your students are interested in attending, please register here.
Open to people of all backgrounds, ages, faiths, and cultures, The Muslim Protagonist is NOT an event exclusively for Muslims, “minorities,” or Columbia students/faculty—everyone is welcome
The Middle East Institute is proud to be a co-sponsor of the annual New York Forum of Amazigh Film (NYFAF), a showcase of contemporary feature, documentary, and short films by and about the Amazigh people of North Africa and in the diaspora. NYFAF's mission is to create a space where the filmmakers, artists, and scholars of indigenous Amazigh identity and culture can gather yearly to share their knowledge and enthusiasm while fostering dialogue with a diverse audience of students and thinkers gathered from across New York City and the world. Through pre- and post-screening Q & As, live performances, and exhibitions of art and artifacts, the New York Forum of Amazigh Film seeks to disseminate Amazigh cinema and promote an understanding of the unique history, culture, and language of Amazigh peoples in North Africa and in the diaspora.
Tools for Engaging Students in Learning
مؤتمر فصل الربيع الدراسي : أدوات لضمان استمالة الطلاب و جذب أهتمامهم عند التدريس
This Professional Develeopment workshop will examine the regions of South Asia and the Indian Ocean and the impact of European trading companies in these regions between 1600- 1900. It will explore how trade and politics intersected to create forms of global capitalism still seen today, and how these historical evolutions help us understand current debates about corporations and states, money and politics.
Participants must be K-12 teachers, two- or four-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs. If you would like to register for either workshop, or have questions, please contact William Carrick at email@example.com. Participants may register for one or both days.
The day-long workshop will be based on an Open University curriculum designed by Katherine Franke, Professor of Law at Columbia University, who will teach the course. Drawing on comparisons with the US legal system and establishment of the United States as a nation-state, Franke will give an overview of the issues at hand, offering teachers tools that will allow them to go back to their own classrooms and teach a unit on Israel/Palestine.
Media sources have constructed problematic images about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Through this symposium, we hope to begin conversations about representations within curriculum and teaching, and cultivate culturally relevant pedagogy when teaching students from these regions.