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Louisa Moffitt tells us that the Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the 19th annual High School Model League of Arab States conference at the end of January. Over 260 students from the metro Atlanta area participated in the event. The keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Herb of the Georgia State University Middle East Outreach Program. The students were treated to a Middle Eastern luncheon on the second day of the conference, hosted by the Arab-American Women’s Society of Georgia, the Alif Institute, and the Marist Parents Club. Students chosen as Outstanding Delegates at this year’s conference were eligible to apply for a one-week summer internship at the National Council on US-Arab Relations in Washington, DC, during the summer of 2010. This internship is sponsored by the Alif Institute in Altanta, Georgia.

Joe Stanik, MEOC secretary, is the 12th-grade social studies instructor at New Era Academy High School, a public school in Baltimore, where he teaches AP European History and an elective course on the history of the Middle East. Since 2001, his students have participated in the National High School Model Arab League program, where they simulate the deliberations and actions of diplomats in the Arab world. This school year, his students represented the Kingdom of Bahrain. He also leads a monthly seminar on Muslim civilization for two Annapolis-area churches and teaches the history of the Middle East at Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD). He plans to travel to the Middle East this summer.

Cristin Hodgens writes that she recently completed a project related to the five week Fulbright-Hays study tour she took to Turkey last summer under the sponsorship of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at University of Michigan. Professor Gottfried Hagan led the tour and advised her curriculum unit, which is titled “Nostalgia Across Nations: Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Istanbul’s Huzun, and the the Legacy of Ataturk.” The main goal of this twelve day unit is for American literature students to understand nostalgia as a powerful, universal phenomenon: it is in The Catcher in the Rye, it is in their personal experiences, and it is a cornerstone of national consciousness for our Turkish contemporaries. Day by day lesson plans, handouts, and multimedia resources are included as students are guided through the essential question of “What is nostalgia, and how is it powerful?” She would love to chat with teachers interested in incorporating it into their work.

Joan Brodsky Schur tells us that the Bank Street College of Education ran a course in Morocco for American educators this spring entitled Cultural Explorations in Morocco: Implications for Educators in Multicultural Settings. Under Joan’s leadership, teachers traveled to Rabat and Fes where they studied with a variety of Moroccan scholars, visited schools in both cities, and met with officials in the Ministry of Education in Fes. This fall Joan presented a day-long workshop with Susan Douglass to teachers in Rockford, Illinois. She also contributed two lesson plans to the Indian Ocean in World History Website (http://www.indianoceanhistory. org), the first on the history of tea as a global commodity and on the second on Indian Ocean travelers from the Medieval Era. Joan Litman (Music faculty, United Nations International School, New York City) continues to present workshops on Middle Eastern Songs in cultural context to music teachers trained in Western Music. The most recent presentations were held in Princeton, Chicago and Philadelphia, where her women’s choirs presented folk and traditional songs of Turkey, Lebanon, Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. The goal is to present and teach Middle Eastern repertoire to American music teachers so that the beauty of Middle Eastern music can be enjoyed by students and represented on school concerts!

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