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Unmuddling the Modern Middle East

DATES: Feb. 26, Mar. 30, Apr. 13, 2016 (NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FULL)

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GRADES: 6-12

PDPs/Credits: 27 PDPs; 1 graduate credit

FEE: Partnership educators - no cost other than fee for 1 graduate credit;
Non-partnership educators - $375 plus fee for 1 graduate credit.

This 3-day seminar will explore the social, cultural, and political fabric of the modern Middle East and North Africa. From the aftermath of World War I to the second invasion of Iraq, we’ll give special attention to the historical contexts—colonialism, wars, nationalism, and globalization—that have affected the region over the last century. We’ll also discuss the peoples, perspectives, and trends that continue to reshape the region today, such as Persian hip-hop; Israeli startups; oil and water access throughout the region; and civil war in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. We expect that this course will appeal to teachers across many disciplines, including history, geography, literature, economics, and government.

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