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2015 Community College Master Teacher Institute

2015 Community College Master Teacher Institute

2015 Community College Master Teacher Institute sponsored by all the National Resource Centers at the University of Washington was held July 9-10 and attended by thirty-five community college instructors from the Pacific Northwest. The theme for this year's Institute was: "Human Migration and Refugees: Peril and Hope." The Middle East Center sponsored a session facilitated by David Fenner, Affiliate Instructor, Jackson School, titled: "Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits: Risking It All to Cross into Europe." The session explored the historical, political, and economic roots behind the unprecedented mass migrations of people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and examined the humanitarian crisis created by these desperate refugees.

Mahmud Sami al-Barudi
Terri DeYoung, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, has just published Mahmud Sami al-Barudi: Reconfiguring Society and the Self (Syracuse University Press, 2015). Mahmud Sami al-Barudi (1838-1904) was an important Egyptian political figure and prominent poet. DeYoung charts the development of his poetry through his youth, his career in government culminating as prime minister of Egypt, his philosophical and elegiac reflections while in exile, and his return to Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. Connecting the themes found in his more influential poems to the turbulent events of his political life and to his equally fierce desire to innovate artistically throughout his literary career, DeYoung offers a vivid portrait of one of the most influential pioneers of Arabic poetry.
Lindsay Church Lindsay Church, a Middle East Studies MA student, presented a paper titled "The Weaponization of Water in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin" at a February conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the PILPG Law Firm on Weaponizing Water: The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Assisting with the research for the paper were: Jesse Lamp. Middle East Studies MA program, and Josee Goldin, School of Engineering. Nadim Damluji, a Law School student also presented a paper at the same conference titled: "Islamic State Control of Watercourses in Syria and Iraq." Both are the students of Professor Frederick (Rick) Lorenz, Jackson School and their research is a culmination of work they began while taking his "Water and Security in the Middle East" course at the Jackson School.
Arab Spring Protesters in Egypt Ellis Goldberg, Professor
Emeritus of Political Science will present a public lecture titled
"The Urban Roots of the Arab Spring" at the Institut francaise du Proche-Orient, Beirut, Lebanon, on March 19, 2015.
David Fenner, Affiliate Faculty, Middle East Center, introduced the Center's new "Bridging Cultures" project to a group of 120 K-8 educators at the February 7, 2015 Washington State Council for the Social Studies K-8 Winter Conference titled "Global Issues/Local Connections." Fenner's presentation was titled "Muslims in Our Classrooms" Differences, Challenges, and Expectations."
Frances Wilson, International Studies and Mathematics major, served an internship at the Marine Corps University last summer working on issues related to the Arab Spring. His research has just been published in an article titled "Outsourcing Repression: The Impact of Foreign Fighters on the Arab Spring" in the Journal of Undergraduate International Studies, 17 (Fall, 2014): 86-97, published by the University of Wisconsin. Wilson also serves as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Jackson School Journal of International Studies.
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Arzoo Osanloo, Director

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