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.

The Middle East Center & Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture host Educator's Workshop

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 The Middle East Center & Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture host Educator's Workshop entitled "Umm Kulthum: Her Life and Legacy".
This workshop guided teachers through a new online curriculum unit about the life and legacy of preeminent Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. Created by a team of educators, artists, and digital designers with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, the curriculum is designed to align with and incorporate American Common Core Standards, and can be used by literacy, social studies, music, and arabic language educators. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the historical context of Egypt during her lifetime, explore in some depth two of the ten lesson plans, and experience learning to sing an Egyptian song using the online music education tool. Many thanks to Alon Tam, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, Hazami Sayed, Eric Lundblade, and Hanna Khoury from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culutre for their work. 

More info about Al-Bustan Digital Education:  www.albustanseeds.org/digital.

Attn!: Due to Hurricane Sandy this event has been rescheduled to Wedndesday, November 14, 2012. Venue details will be released soon

Teacher Workshop: Muslims and Islam in the United States

The focus of this workshop will be on Islam and Muslims in America. With immigration from the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and growth of the Muslim African-American community in the greater Philadelphia region; the number of students in diverse religious community in growing. This workshop will give educators knowledge and tools for teaching about this community in their classrooms. Space is very limited and the first 15 registrants will be accepted (with others place on a waiting list). This workshop will be best suited for educators in Middle & High Schools. Teaching materials will be provided to those that attend. *This workshop is free of cost!*

For more information/ to register follow this link http://mecworkshopoct31.eventbrite.com

The Greater Philadelphia Global Education Network website has been launched! To check out the new website go to: www.philaglobaled.org.

Training Session for Departing Armed Forces Members: On June 1, 2011 the Middle East Center hosted a workshop for military offices preparing to be deployed to Iraq on the history and politics of Kurds in Iraq featuring Prof. Brendan O'Leary (PSCI) and Visiting Scholar Prof. Khaled Salih. The session answered many of the soldier's questions about the new Iraqi constitution as well as resource management in the area. 

Teachers' Workshop: Battlegrounds: Tour Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition arranged by the Textile Museum of Canada, and the newly re-installed Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering the Royal Tombs of Ur.  Meet a speaker from Iraq affiliated with the Museum's International Classroom program.  Learn how you can dialogue with your students about war when you meet an artist affiliated with the American Friends Service Committee's "Windows and Mirrors" exhibition.  Enhance your understanding of Afghanistan through a presentation by Penn professor Dr. James Caron.
Registration is required by Monday, May 9, 2011. A $15 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:00am - 3:00pm
Penn Museum
Fee: $30

Lunch provided
6 Act 48 credit hours and NJ Professional Development Certification available for educators
Co-sponsored by the Middle East Center

Educators' Workshop: Globalize Your Summer
Local and International Opportunities to Strengthen Your Curriculum

This workshop will feature information from the University of Pennsylvania’s resource centers on South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia, as well as from the Global Exploration for Educators Organization, the Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Global Education Motivators, BigPictureSmallWorld, the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, and Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad. Find out about a range of opportunities available to educators for the summer of 2011!

Act 48 credit available. This workshop will be held on February 15th at 4:00 PM. For more information, see the workshop event page.

Penn Museum on the University of Pennsylvania campus is the only East Coast venue for Secrets of the Silk Road. This family-friendly exhibition showcases recent discoveries from the vast Tarim Basin desert in western China, where a series of rich and culturally diverse burials and spectacularly preserved mummies have been uncovered.

Join area teachers at the Penn Museum for an Educators' Evening on Thursday, November 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

  • Receive 2 Act 48 or NJ Professional Development credit hours
  • Learn the story behind the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition as the exhibition's curatorial consultant and Penn professor Victor Mair lectures about his discoveries
  • Learn how area educators have integrated Silk Road-related topics into their curriculum
  • Discover other educational resources on Penn campus when you meet representatives from Penn's Centers: African Studies, Middle East, East Asia Studies, South Asia
  • Test exhibition prototypes of interactives, shop at the Penn Museum's store, and more!

To learn more about Educators' Evening and to RSVP, contact Jennifer Reifsteck at 215-898-4016 or jreif@upenn.edu.

Persian Teachers' Workshop

The Middle East Center, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the National Middle East Language Resource Center at Brigham Young University are hosting a workshop for post-secondary teachers of Persian from Friday, February 5th to Sunday, February 7th. The workshop will focus on new pedagogical techniques and the development of new curricula for the Persian language.

This event is by invitation only.

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Ph.D. student Carolyn Brunelle visited the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr on November 19th to talk about "The Use and Misuse of Arabic in the US Media Today".  She addressed the terms madrasa, Allah, Islam, fatwa and jihad; explaining their linguistic roots, what they mean in Arabic, and the slant the US Media has given them.  Carolyn also addressed some of the many words in English that are of Arabic origin, like coffee, cotton and algebra.

If you are a teacher interested in a similar presentation at your school, please email mec-info@sas.upenn.edu.

The Middle East Center would like to encourage as many area teachers as possible to attend the Middle East Outreach Council's Annual Teacher's Workshop.  This year the theme will be "Continuity and Change in Iran" and will be held at San Diego State University in California in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference.  The MEC will be sponsoring two teachers with $500 travel awards.  For more information on the workshop and the awards click here.