Speaking the Culture of the Middle East: Experiential Learning Program for Future Secondary Education Teachers, is a unique learning experience designed for twelve teachers to learn about the Middle East as a nexus of humanity both influencing and reacting to geopolitical paradigms past and present and to learn the language spoken in the region, Levantine colloquial Arabic, at an intermediate-low level. By the end of the program, teachers will be able to communicate across cultures, enhancing their ability to educate about other cultures, specifically Arab and Islamic, in their respective classrooms and to serve as trainers of the subject matter in the future. The program will focus on Arabic language learning (both in-the-classroom and co-curricular), in addition to area study content, and volunteering with a non-profit education organizations. The area study content has been selected for integration into a secondary curriculum in the social sciences, language and visual arts, and/or foreign language departments, depending on the educator’s interest.
The following events draw interdisciplinary audiences and help forge networks relating to our center's six concentrations: Changing Identities in a Global World; Communication, Technology and Society; Conflict and Conflict Resolution; Global Health; Global Economy and Global Governance; and Sustainable Development.