Outreach News

 

The Center has been commended by the Department of Education for its Outreach Program, which works with schools and colleges, community and religious groups, government and military institutions, and the general public to raise awareness and understanding of issues in the Middle East and their importance to our communities.

Public Outreach Highlights: Iranian-American Novelists Event

In partnership with multiple Penn and the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Middle East Center organized several public events to raise awareness on issues related to the Middle East through creative programming. On March 6, 2014, the Center brought five Iranian-American novelists to Kelly Writers House for an evening of book reading for an event entitled "Contemporary American Fiction: Five Women, Five Books." The event brought campus community together with literature enthusiast Philadelphiangs for a cosy evening of book reading. Anita Amirrezvani, Marjan Kamali, Persis Karim, Porochista Khakpour, and the Center Director Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet read excerpts from their works of fiction.

To watch a recording of this event please click here.

STEM Outreach at the Middle East Center

Through creative teacher training programs, the Middle East Center combines STEM outreach with area studies curriculum training for K-12 educators. This year the Center worked with the Franklin Institute and African Studies Center at Penn to organize a workshop on math education in Egypt and the United States. Dr. Idris Stovall, the Director of STEM Youth and School Programs at the Franklin Institute, discussed the similarities and differences in math curriculum in these countries throughout his presentation. Ten K-12 educators participated in the workshop to receive professional development credit. Dr. Stovall, who is also a lecturer at Penn's Mathematics department, can be seen sharing his insights with teachers during the workshop on May 1, 2014.

K-16 Educator Workshop on Media and Global Education

In partnership with South Asia, East Asia, and Africa Studies Centers at Penn, the Middle East Center organized a teacher training workshop on Media and Curriculum Design on May 31, 2014. 12 educators from Delaware Valley region participated in the workshop that opened with Meenoo Rami's presentation entitled "Teachers' Practice in a Connected World." Sameena K. Mughal discussed the Arabian nights in her talk "Shaherazade and Shaherazade's Daughters: Muslim, Feminist, Literary Icons of 21st Century." The Center Associate Director Dr. Darakcioglu and South Asia Center Assistant Director Dr. Roy were also in attendance to inform participants about various teacher training programs available through Penn's National Resource Centers.  

Creating a Global Citizen

The National Resource Centers outreach staff presented "Creating a Global Cititzen" at the EduCon 2.6 conference on Saturday January 25, 2014. The confernence was held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Outreach staff examined the importance of area and languages studies for educators and their students while offering advice regarding access to resources at the Univertsity of Pennsylvania and beyond.

If you would like to watch the program follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-L6DyzAJ5g&feature=share

 

 

Penn National Resource Center Assistant Directors Awarded SAS Staff Incentive Award

Penn National Resource Center Assistant Directors Labaron Palmer (Middle East Center), Anastasia Shown (Africa Center), Raili Roy (South Asia Center), and Melissa DiFrancesco (Center for East Asia Studies) were awarded this year's School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Award for their excellent outreach work. The award was specifically given to recognize for their team work in bringing Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinnoy director to Penn campus for the screening and discussion of her debut documentary saving face. Picture below shows Labaron, Anastasia, Raili, and Melissa during another outreach event, Summer Teachers Institute, in 2013.

Become a Global Ed Grantee

On Friday October 11, 2013 the outreach team at the University of Pennsylvania's National Resource Centers presented their guide for educators to become global education grant recepients. If you are an educator planning to apply for a travel grant check out this presentation by clicking the link below

http://prezi.com/li2xr2ur07g_/becoming-a-global-ed-grantee/

Archaeologist Mr. Halil Demirdelen offers an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey

Turkey has a magnificent past, and contains archaeological sites of more than a dozen successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Mr. Halil Demirdelen, Deputy Director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, offered an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey, during "Turkish Delight! A celebration and Exploration of the Republic of Turkey on Septmeber 28, 2013. Children and parents of all ages were in attendance for the event.

You can find more news on the event here

The Arts & Islamic Culture Program - Begins March 11, 2013

The upcoming "Arts and Islamic Culture" program this Spring, which is hosted at Camden County College's Blackwood Campus. Monday evenings: March 11, and April 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. A pamphlet with information on the program and how to register is provided. PA teachers seeking ACT 48 credits will be able to do so through the Penn Museum (more information is included in the pamphlet). NJ Professional Development credit is also offered.

This program is provided in cooperation with Camden County College, American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Middle East Center.

A program link is available here: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ArtsinIslam%202013.html

LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

We hope you will register for this great program.

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) Teacher Fellowship Awards

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for our Teacher Fellowship Awards.
As part of its overall mission to expand and improve the teaching of K-12 Arabic in the United States, QFI is pleased to offer fellowships for current or prospective K-12 teachers. The program is intended to support:

1)    Teacher candidates who are pursuing certification in Foreign Language Education in World or  Foreign Languages to teach Arabic;
2)    Teachers who already are certified in another discipline and are seeking an endorsement to teach     Arabic
3)    Teachers seeking U.S. certification to teach Arabic through any other recognized means.  

The goal of QFI’s Teacher Fellows program is to develop a strong cohort of highly trained teachers who will be future leaders in the field of K-12 Arabic education. QFI strongly believes that the skill, talent, and commitment of the teacher are key components for the success of any language program and supporting teachers is at the heart of this effort. 


This program will offset participating teachers' tuition and fees for advanced courses in Arabic language and culture needed for certification. In addition some fellows may receive funding for summer study in the Middle East for intensive language study. It will also offset housing fees for summer programs that require staying outside the students normal residence.

The program will also provide teachers with the opportunity to learn best practices in language education, develop a thorough understanding of Arabic and how to teach it, and augment their passion for the study of Arabic language and cultures and their commitment to educating young people about the peoples and cultures of this important area of the world.  

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2013. The official announcement is on QFi's website: http://www.qfi.org/page/174/5/Opportunities.

2013 NEH Summer Institute in Turkey

This summer, Primary Source will be running a new NEH Summer Institute for Teachers: Ottoman Cultures: Society, Politics and Trade in the Turkish Empire, 1299-1922. The application deadline is fast approaching (March 4th), and we’re eager to reach a wide and diverse pool of educators who would appreciate and benefit from the institute. We welcome applications from K-12 librarians and teachers of world religions, geography, English language arts, music, and art, as well as social studies teachers.

We would very much appreciate your help in identifying and reaching out to promising applicants to take advantage of this unique opportunity to study in Turkey. We are hoping to receive more applications from beyond the Boston area. I’ve included text (below) and a flyer (attached) that can be used to share information about the institute. Educators who wish to apply should spend some time exploring the institute website for application information and instructions, course details and expectations, a detailed schedule of the institute, and more: http://resources.primarysource.org/ottomancultures.

If interested educators have any questions about the application process or the program, we invite them to contact Sameera Anwar, Primary Source Program Coordinator at sameera@primarysource.org or (617) 923-9933 ext. 22.