UA CMES Resources for College Faculty (From 9/13/16)


The following opportunities are provided by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona:

Opportunities and Resources for College Faculty – 9/13/2016

As always, brief descriptors are immediately below (organized by category). Scroll down further for extended descriptions of anything that interests you. An asterisk (*) designates a University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies activity; a plus (+) is an item new to the listserv.


—Arizona Events:    

+  1. This week: Fifth Annual Arizona Multi-Cultural Education Conference: “Strategies for Facing and Forging Multicultural Relationships.” Sat., Sept. 17. Chandler.   

+  2. Film screening: “A Tale of Love and Darkness” (biopic of Israeli writer Amos Oz). Fri., Sept. 23. Tucson.

  1. Ending this weekend: “Silsila,” photography exhibit (of the Middle East) by renowned UA photographer Sama Alshaibi. Now through Sept. 18. Scottsdale.
  2. “The Splendors of Woven Art” rug exhibit. Now through Oct. 2. Tucson,


—Competitions, PD, and Travel Opportunities for Educators:

   *5. Traveled to the Middle East – ever?? Enter your photos for our photography exhibit.
     6. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum FUNDED program for college faculty “Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust.” Jan. 9-13 Washington DC.

  1. Register now to attend the regional conference of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) in your area. All are in late October or early November.
  2.  Deadline approaching: Apply now to present at the National Council for History Education national conference in Atlanta March 30-April 1.
  3. GEEO educators’ non-profit travel-abroad programs for educators at all levels. 
  4.  “Coexistence in the Middle East.” Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Dec. 27-Jan. 10.


—Resources for Educators:

   *11. CMES lesson plans, background sheets, film guides, youtube lectures – for all grade levels, including adult. And please “like” our CMES Outreach Facebook page.

+  12. Information and materials about Syria.

  1. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum materials.
  2. “Syria Deeply” project.
  3. Aramco World free online (or print) magazine – including “virtual tours” of the Alhambra, Dome of the Rock, etc.
  4. Resources on teaching about World War I. (Lesson plans, online videos, even specific resources on how WWI shaped the modern Middle East.)

     15 “Fractured Lands,” NY Times spread on the Middle East after the U.S. invasion of Iraq (2003). With some interesting college lesson plans to go with it. 

+  16. Global History Educator – blog and links.

+  17. Community college lessons from the Center for Global Awareness (on Korean pop culture and other interesting topics).     

     18 “Fractured Lands,” NY Times spread on the Middle East after the U.S. invasion of Iraq (2003). With some interesting college lesson plans to go with it.

  1.    19.Resources on what’s going on in the contemporary Middle East.

—Tell College Students That You Know:

  1. Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships for students to study/intern abroad.




+  1. Sign up now to attend this Saturday’s Fifth Annual Arizona Multi-Cultural Education Conference: “Strategies for Facing and Forging Multicultural Relationships.” It’s FREE. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:45; the conference itself lasts from 8:30-4:00. CEUs are available. The location is: Chandler-Gilbert Community College – 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, 85225. Go to: for more information. The system doesn’t seem to be taking reservations right now, but if you have any questions about whether or not you can really attend, contact Erica Alexander: and she can tell you what to do in order to ensure your attendance at what promises to be an interesting event.


+  2. You have to pay for this, but it’s at Tucson’s The Loft Cinema, which shows interesting, unusual films. “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is based on the memoirs of Amos Oz, who grew up in Jerusalem in the years just before the creation of the state of Israel. The film is a story of an interesting family living through cataclysmic changes. The movie is showing on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. ( For more information, go to:   


  1. Ending this weekend: Art professor/photographer Dr. Sama Alshaibi, of Iraqi-Palestinian background, has a photography exhibit “Silsila” showing at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has retraced the route of famous medieval explorer Ibn Batuta, who traveled through the Middle East, North Africa, and the Maldives. The exhibit is currently on display and will continue through September 18. For more information, see:


  1. If you love weaving, check out “The Splendors of Woven Art: Oriental Rugs and Textiles from the Reza Amindavar Collection.” The exhibit is running now through October 2 at the Tucson Museum of Art. For more information, go to:

Have you traveled to the Middle East – not just recently, but EVER? Do you like to take photos when you travel. If so, enter your photos for our annual photography exhibit. The deadline isn’t for a while yet, October 2016, but you might want to be thinking about the competition when you travel this summer. Or you might have some photos already. The theme, “borders and boundaries,” is meant to be interpreted broadly, not just geographical borders but borders around handicrafts or doors, boundaries between urban and rural or between light and dark, anything you can think of. Selected photos will be enlarged and displayed for 1 year in our photography exhibit (for 2 weeks in the Student Union Gallery, the rest of the time in the Center’s exhibit space).For more information, on what to do and how to enter, go to:

  1. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington DC) has a seminar specifically for college/university faculty. (I asked, and they said they welcome applications from community college faculty.) Most travel/living expenses are covered. The program is: “Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust,” and it will run from Jan. 9-13 in Washington DC. For more information, go to: Deadline to apply: Nov. 1.


  1. The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) is a great organization specifically for community college educators. The organization has an biennial national conference on odd-numbered years, but on even-numbered ones, like 2016, there are regional conferences, all held in late October or early November. Consider attending the one in your region. (And if you go to the Southwest Regional, stop by and say hello to me!)


  1.    8. Apply now to presentat the National Council for History Education national conference in Atlanta, March 30-April 1. The NCHE conference is a good one – and if you attend the Arizona Council for History Education on Saturday, you are already a member of NCHE! To find out more, go to: Deadline to submit a proposal: Sept. 26.


  1. Do you love to travel abroad in a meaningful PD program at a reasonable price? Well, you would love GEEO educators’ programs for educators at all levels. You have to pay for the programs, but they are cost-subsidized. You get to learn while you travel – not in a classroom but by doing and seeing. Best of all, a non-teaching adult may accompany you if he/she pays too. I’ve been on two GEEO programs: one to the Peruvian Andes and one to Morocco. Both were great – well-organized, fantastic guides, interesting fellow-travelers! And they have so many other fantastic programs too – check out the new programs to “the stans.” (I have heard that Uzbekistan is one of the “greatest places in the world that you didn’t know you wanted to see.”) The trips are for winter break, spring break, and summer vacation. For more information, go to: Then email Jesse (, who is always quick to answer any question you may have. And if you sign up early, there is a significant discount…. 


  1. Here’s a program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem: “Coexistence in the Middle East.” It takes place during winter break, Dec. 27-Jan. 10. For more information, go to: (Hebrew University offers other programs too, but they are geared to university students, while this one is for educators and professionals also….)


   *11. CMES has all kinds of lesson plans and materials (powerpoints, reproducible handouts, etc.), many of them useful to community college educators.
– We have over 120 lesson plans at all grade levels, including college. Click on the links to search by grade level, subject, or content area; then go down the list (alphabetical) to find the lessons.

– There are plenty of handouts and background sheets and powerpoints at: . For example, there are some powerpoints on the Jewish High Holy Days (about to start), teachable ideas about the Ottoman Empire, and lots, lots more.
– Check out the other resources such as film guides (for films available at our Center or through Netflix), links to websites to counter Islamophobia, and AP World History resources:
– We have a YouTube channel 
+  12. Do you want to be better informed on Syria yourself or want materials to present to high school students? Check out the web-based materials below:


          12a. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has a wealth of materials on various aspects of the crisis and suggested courses of action. For more information, go to:


          12b. “Syria Deeply” is another user-friendly website with a variety of articles and resources:


  1. Aramco World is a beautiful, colorful, interesting magazine of Middle Eastern and Muslim cultures. And you can get the magazine for free online or in print! A recent online edition includes “virtual tours” of the Alhambra (Spain), Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem), and Suleymaniye Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey): For other online issues, go to:  And to order printed editions, see:     


  1. Want to learn more – and TEACH more – about World War I? The National World War I Museum (Kansas City) is an amazing place with amazing resources.

For general info on educational opportunities, go to: (Be sure to sign up for their teachers’ newsletter.)

For lesson plans and materials, go to:

For lessons on World War I in the Middle East (and the war completely set the stage for all the modern-day issues), you can :

– find my lessons (at the bottom of the list at

– AND/OR email to request a free copy of materials developed through the MacArthur Memorial

– Also, check out the article (with video links) by Al Jazeera English “World War I through Arab Eyes”:


  1. NY Times Magazine did an entire issue on the Middle East after 2003: “Fractured Lands”: It’s great, readable, fascinating. There are also college-level lesson plans to go with it from the Pulitzer Center: Another lesson is “An ISIS Fighter’s Background”:


+  16. The Global History Educator blog is interesting and informative. AND it has some great links:


+  17. The non-profit Center for Global Awareness has several community college lessons on such topics as Korean pop culture and the Gulf Arab States. Go to: and click on the links on the right-hand side of the page. (Be sure to explore the rest of the webpage as well – there are a lot of great materials on global education.      


  1. NY Times Magazine did an entire issue on the Middle East after 2003: “Fractured Lands”: It’s great, readable, fascinating. There are also college-level lesson plans to go with it from the Pulitzer Center: Another lesson is “An ISIS Fighter’s Background”:


  1. Want to keep up with current events in the Middle East and don’t know where to go for nuanced, reliable information? Here are a few suggestions:

–       “Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East” is easily searchable – with tabs for different countries and a digest reviewing this week’s news. You can also get an email brief if you sign up. For more info, go to:

–       Juan Cole’s “Informed Comments” page is wonderful, well-organized, and useful. There are everything from political cartoons to insightful articles. Go to:


  1. Tell college students that you know: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are designed to help community college and university students who normally would not be able to afford to study abroad or do an internship abroad. This may be of interest to some of your students! Tell them to check out:


Lisa Adeli, Director of Educational Outreach

University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies

(520) 621-7904

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