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The Middle East Center at Penn sponsors and supports programs and initiatives across the disciplines and professional schools, and runs a dynamic outreach program in the Delaware Valley. Faculty and students at Penn are also active and prominent in the field of Middle East studies, making significant and highly regarded contributions to scholarly output in their areas of interest. We will continue to update news of the Center's activities and highlight the achievements of our faculty and students here.

The Summer Institute is a five-day professional development program at the University of Pennsylvania to support educators in understanding the increasing importance of our world regions in the K-12 classroom and learning new information and tools to connect Greater Philadelphia classrooms to the world. "Transnational Experiences: Engaging with World Heritage" will connect Greater Philadelphia, its history, and social climate, to global histories and contexts. The program features presentations by Penn faculty and area professionals, performances, film screenings, field trips, and global cuisine. Participants will work in small groups to create lessons and experiential activities for their classes. The resources created will culminate in the form of a World Heritage Tool Kit, to be unveiled during the 60-day GlobalPhilly2015 Expo. The Summer Institute is a funded and experiential program. Qualified applicants that show particular interest in collaborative learning, leadership and world heritage themes will be selected. Selected participants who complete the program will receive a $150 stipend and Act 48 credits. For the Summer Institute application click HERE.
Carriage House/LGBT Center, University of Pennsylvania, 3907 Philadelphia, PA 19104
Camden County College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center is pleased to present a two-day workshop for teachers on the Middle East, South and East Asia on July 15 & 16, 2015 It is important for educators to prepare themselves to teach about different regions in a highly integrated world. An international approach to education will help students to develop necessary skills that will allow them to be successful in our globalized society. In order to help educators develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of global issues in the context of Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia, we have assembled a group of area studies specialists. These experts will give talks on a number of crucial topics related to these world regions. A professional global education consultant will present on adapting the knowledge you will acquire during the workshop to your classroom. The workshop presenters are Dr. Michael Boyle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, LaSalle University; Dr. Larry Goodson, Professor of Middle East Studies, Army War College; Mr. David Dettmann, Director, American Center for Mongolian Studies; Dr. Pushkar Shoni, South Asian Studies Librarian, University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Brandon Wiley, Founder/President, GlobalEdLeader, LLC. The speakers bring a broad range of expertise including American foreign policy in the Middle East; US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan; Islamic and Turkic cultures of East Asia, and architectural history of South Asia. The topics will include a discussion of the roots of revolution, international security, the threat of terrorism, Muslim minorities of China (Uighurs), an introduction to South Asian culture and history, and a session on globalizing curriculum and lesson plan preparation. Teachers will have an opportunity to engage with these experts and work with an educational consultant. The workshop will be held on July 15th and 16th at Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus each day with a continental breakfast from 8-9 AM followed by a session from 9 AM until noon.  Lunch will be from noon until 1 PM (meals are complimentary) followed by the second session from 1-4 PM.  Participation is free, but space is limited. Please see the attached form for registration. Participating teachers are eligible to receive a stipend of $100 per day along with instructional materials and a professional development certificate. To receive the stipend, teachers are required to submit a lesson plan based upon the material presented in the program within a week of its conclusion (July 23, 2015). All applications should be sent to Barbara Palmer at .
Camden County College, Blackwood Campus