Center News

NELC Professor Joseph Lowry has just released a new edited volume from Harrasowitz Verlag entitled Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II: 1350-1850.

Monroe Price, Director of the Annenberg Center for Global Communications Studies has published a new memoir entitled Objects of Remembrance: A Memoir of American Opportunities and Viennese Dreams (Available now from Central European University Press).

Our Director Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Professor of History, and Prof. Beth S. Wenger, Director the Jewish Studies Center and Associate Professor of History, have received funding from the Mellon Cultural Diversity Conference Fund to organize a conference discussing gender in Judaism and Islam.

Global Education Lab: Workshop for teachers

The Middle East Center, in collaboration with three other National Resource Centers at Penn and Global Education Lab, will host a workshop for teachers on October 24, 2009.  This workshop will provide teachers and administrators with the information and experience they need to establish a new global education program, deepen and enrich existing programs, and to provide an inspiring and invigorating intellectual experience.

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A Two-session Seminar at Camden County College

The Middle East Center and the Center for Civic Leadership & Responsibility at Camden County College present a two-session seminar "Breaking Barriers to Better Understanding: Teaching The Middle East in the K-12 Classroom" on October 5 and 12.  The Middle East will be assessed from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Students will discuss Foreign Policy, History, Religion and Culture with area experts highlighting how to best integrate the Middle East into the classroom.  Experts will illuminate how regions differ, explaining the peculiarities of Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Turkey, as well as how they fit into the multicultural and geopolitical framework. 

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International Student Welcome Reception

The International Student Welcome Reception is a special event hosted by International Classroom and sponsored by more than 50 colleges, universities, and programs to welcome new international students and scholars to the Delaware Valley. The 2009 event was held on October 9, 2009. This free event draws around 1,000 students and scholars from around 90 different countries each year.

Different college and community performing arts groups loved to share their talent and skills with the international guests. Hype, Penn University’s multi-cultural fusion dance group; Penn Chinese Dance Group; Thillana, Penn’s premier student classical dance group; Mutya, a Filipino dance group; LaSalle University’s Neo-African Drums’n Dancez; Rowan University musicians; and Anne Hagert from the University of the Arts have all volunteered their time and expertise to entertain our international guests.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Program

Global Education Motivators, UNA-Greater Philadelphia and the Council of Organizations, the Middle East Center and other organizations are co-sponsoring a Stand Against Poverty event and an awareness of the work to fight poverty.  The first session will be a 45-minute program structured with support resources from the StandAgainstPoverty campaign. It will be followed by a 45-minute interactive videoconference on the work being done in Murutunguru Village to eliminate poverty in their community.

On September 26, Penn Museum and several organizations hosted an afternoon event as the Museum celebrated the opening of His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong with a wider look at the culture of Turkey.  The afternoon featured Turkish dancing and music, plus an authentic cuisine demonstration, talks on ancient and modern Turkey, crafts, and more. Throughout the day families enjoyed creating traditional Turkish arts and crafts by participating in an Ebru workshop to learn the ancient Turkish art of marbling or "cloud painting" on paper.

The Middle East Center is pleased to announce that NELC Professor Roger Allen has been appointed as the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Middle East Center supports the ATA school for its educational program teaching Turkish language and culture to children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area.  ATA school is established by TAFSUS which is founded in 1966 to promote better understanding and friendship between the Turkish and American communities.

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