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Yale Council on Middle East Studies Summer Institute 2021: The Middle East in America - Expect the Unexpected
The Middle East in America: Expect the Unexpected
Summer Institute for Teachers 2021
Sunday June 20 to Thursday June 24

You are invited to this special virtual edition of the Yale Council on Middle East Studies Annual Summer Institute for Teachers!

PLEASE NOTE: exact meeting times will be sent to you upon registration!

We often talk about the role of America in the Middle East and North Africa - and rightfully so. From geopolitics to oil to a conflicted post 9/11 world, the Middle East holds special interest for the United States. But what if we flip the script?

How about exploring the myriad of ways in which the people, cultures, faiths, languages and histories of the Middle East and North Africa have enriched America? From the 1777 recognition of the United States by Morocco to the presence of Arab American lawmakers in the halls of Congress, the story is much more interesting than we ever imagined. All we can say is: expect the unexpected! This year’s institute is funded by a Title VI grant from the United States Department of Education.

Featuring artistic performances, daily interactive seminars, access to cutting edge films and drop-in coffee hours for networking - and conversation!

This year’s Summer Institute will explore issues as diverse as:
* the impact of Black Lives Matter in the Middle East
* the role of comics and cartoons in shaping popular American perceptions of the Middle East
* the extraordinary story of the Yazidi community in Nebraska
* the incredible journey of Arabic and Persian speaking Jewish immigrants to the United States; and
* the origin story of Coachella Valley’s date palms and the orientalist fantasies that accompanied them

Especially designed for public school teachers and educational leaders, this year’s program is open to all!

Curriculum resources will be provided, and a special set of resource books will be sent to all New Haven Public School educators who join us.

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