Past Outreach Events

Past Outreach Events

Saturday Seminars

In 2003, together with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, the Kevorkian Center at NYU began the Saturday Seminars for Teachers which take place throughout the academic year. The seminars feature lectures by the most respected scholars in our field with occasional pedagogy workshops designed by the NYU School of Education. Whenever possible, we work with cultural organizations in the NY area such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Video Resources to coordinate special pedagogy sessions or field trips so the teachers become aware of other educational resources in the NY area. Past seminar topics have included: Social Movements, The Politics of Water, Teaching about Islam, The Ottoman Empire, The Arabic Language, Palestine through the Eyes of its Youth, The Multilayered Lives of Muslim Women, and many more.

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m.

Teaching with Comics

Saturday Seminar

Mohammad Sabaaneh, Palestinian graphic artist and author of White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine
Anthony Louis-Jeune, Creator of the first Haitian superhero, Djatawo

This event is co-presented with the Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies (CLACS) at NYU.

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.

Spotlight on the Gulf

Saturday Seminar

The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

Mr. Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi
Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation
Practitioner-in-Residence, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Matthew Maclean
PhD Candidate in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU


Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March 5

"Women and Islam" Weekend Workshop

Weekend Workshop  

The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

This weekend workshop is offered for "1-P credit" (12 contact hours) as approved by the NYC Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).

Speakers include Amani Al Khatatbeh (author of Muslim Girl), Beth Baron (History & Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center), Nadia Guessous (Feminist and Gender Studies, Colorado College), Marion Katz (Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, NYU), Jerusha  T. Lamptey (Islam and Ministry, Union Theological Seminary), Leslie Peirce (Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, NYU), and Joan Brodsky Schur (Curriculum Consultant).


Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Politics of Humanitarian Intervention in the Middle East

Saturday Seminar

The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

Timothy Nunan, International and Area Studies, Harvard University 
Keith Watenpaugh, Human Rights Studies, UC Davis


Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Rumi's Poetry and Sufi Music

Saturday Seminar

The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

Lecture by Jawid Mojaddedi, Professor of Religion at Rutgers University & translator of Jalal al-Din Rumi's The Masnavi will be followed by a musical performance by the Amir Vahab Ensemble.

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.

Learning About Art from the Middle East

Saturday Seminar

We will have a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum's special exhibition "But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art from the Middle East" led by Sharon Vatsky, Director of Education, School, and Family Programs and Sarah Malaika, Associate Manager of Global Projects at the Guggenheim. In conjunction with the guided tour at The Guggenheim, we will also have a guided tour of the Gallery of Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art led by Maryam Ekthiar, Associate Curator of Islamic Art at The Met. The event will be coordinated so that synergies of the two guided tours work to provide an illuminating learning experience.

Monday, July 25 – Wednesday, August 3

Study Tour to Uzbekistan for K-12 Educators

Summer Study Tour

This study tour is co-presented with Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of California, Berkeley 

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.

Kurdish Nationalism and Multiple Identities in Turkey

Saturday Seminar

Presentations by Omer Taspinar (Brookings Institution), Gonul Tol and Ozan Aksoy followed by a screening of the film "Come to My Voice (Sesime Gel/ Were Dengê Min)"


Saturday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.

Refugee Stories from the Middle East

Saturday Seminar
Presentations on the Syrian refugee crisis by Sarab Al-Jijakli, Syrian-American community organizer and National President of the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP), Killian Clarke (PhD Candidate, Politics, Princeton University) and Gozde Guran(PhD Candidate, Sociology, Princeton University), followed by a lesson plan workshop led by Barbara Petzen, Middle East Connections and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on refugees in the Middle East broadly. Following lunch, there will be a presentation and discussion by author Leila Abdelrazaq 

Baddawi is a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Ahmad struggling to find his place in the world. Raised in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Ahmad is just one of the thousands of Palestinians who fled their homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel. In this visually arresting graphic novel, Abdelrazaq explores her father's childhood in the 1960s and '70s from a boy's eye view.


Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m.

Syrian Theatre and Resistance

Saturday Seminar

Presentations by Ted Ziter, Associate Professor of Drama, NYU (Tisch), and Naila Al Atrash Syrian theatre director and human rights activist followed by a workshop led by Al Atrash consisting of projections from puppet theatre show and short films


Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Contemporary Iranian Art

Saturday Seminar

The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

Presentations by Maryam Ekhtiar (Associate Curator, Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Lucy Oakley (Head of Education and Programs, Grey Art Gallery, NYU) followed by a guided tour of "Global/Local 1960/2015: Six Artists from Iran" Exhibit


Saturday, October 24-25, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

"World War I and the Middle East" Weekend Workshop

Weekend Workshop

Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street

This weekend workshop is offered for "1-P credit" (12 contact hours) as approved by the NYC Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).

Speakers include Osama Abi-Mershed (History & Arab Studies, Georgetown University), Mustafa Aksakal (History, Georgetown University), Najwa Al-Qattan (History, Loyola Marymount College), Nancy Kricorian (author of Zabelle), Zachary Lockman (History & Middle Eastern Studies, New York University), and Joan Brodsky Schur (Curriculum Consultant)

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Music Inside-Out Iran: Popular Music, Politics, and Culture

Saturday Seminar

Iranian cultural production has been prolific throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, and can be understood to both influence and be influenced by politics. Through the lens of popular music, we will think about the field of music production and consumption in shaping culture both inside Iran and in the diaspora throughout the country’s major political changes prior to and since the 1979 revolution.


Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Lebanon: Pluralism, Citizenship, and Daily Living

Saturday Seminar

Ethno-religious diversity is a fact of life historically and today across the larger Middle East. Nowhere is this more true than in modern Lebanon. How does pluralism affect daily life for individuals and families as they interact with each other across multiple scales and settings (i.e. private/public, urban/rural, family/community/city/state)?


Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Islam and Slavery in the Americas

Saturday Seminar

As we push our historical explorations of U.S. slavery, we discover that Islam’s earliest presence in America coincides with the trajectories of West African Muslim slaves.


Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

On Humanitarian Intervention

Saturday Seminar

Explore the multiple implications of U.S. involvement in the Middle East region, particularly interventions (or proposed interventions) described as being humanitarian, including the recent cases of Libya and Syria.


Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Unpacking "Terrorism"

Saturday Seminar

What is “terrorism?” And how is this loaded word applied? How are so-called “terrorists” portrayed in the media? We will explore these terms’ historical legacies in the context of the Middle East and how they have shifted over time along with changing events.


Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Crossroads of Empire, Trade, and Culture

Saturday Seminar

Central Asia, today comprised of the modern-day nations of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, has a long and varied history of interactions with its neighbors. From the Muslim empires coming from the Arab, Turkic and Persian worlds to the Mongols and Russians, these complex legacies of conquest, trade, and cultural exchange remain visible today.

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Teaching The Culture Of Social Movements

Saturday Seminar

As revolts and crackdowns continue to unfold across the Middle East, one searches for evidence of hope and resilience. By turning to music, visual art, and literature, one finds that resistance, courage, and beauty emerge.


Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Shari'a, Then and Now

Saturday Seminar

Shari’a, often translated as moral code or Islamic law but literally meaning path, implores Muslims to follow the teachings and actions of the prophet Muhammad as well as the prescriptions of religious scholars who interpret the Qur’an and Hadith (a record of Muhammad’s actions and sayings).


Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Women of the Uprisings

Saturday Seminar

Coverage of the role of women in the recent revolts across the Middle East has vacillated between the seemingly paradoxical realms of relative obscurity and overexposure.


Saturday, February 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Beyond Sectarianism

Saturday Seminar

While ethno-religious identity is an important facet of life to look at in understanding any society, it should not restrict our view of any society’s complexities. All too often, the Middle East regions—particularly those in conflict—are understood exclusively through an analysis of religious or ethnic identity, when in fact many other social and political factors are at work.


Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Arabic Without Walls

Saturday Seminar

The benefits of learning Arabic are bountiful for your students, even though resources for teaching this rich language can be challenging to navigate!


Saturday, December 1, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Egypt

Saturday Seminar

Much has transpired since that fateful day in February 2011 when Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power. Elections, protest and societal divisions continue to mark the political landscape in Egypt.


Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Teaching 9/11

Saturday Seminar

More than ten years after the catastrophe that continues to define much of the world’s view of the Middle East and Muslim World, much attention is still needed to unpack its legacy.


Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Syria

Saturday Seminar

The uprisings in Syria have captured headlines for months, highlighting a violent crackdown on peaceful protests that have at times led to armed resistance.


Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Yemen   

Saturday Seminar

While civic unrest has persisted in Yemen, media coverage has largely sidelined this story.


Saturday, February 25, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

A Is For Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

Saturday Seminar

Jack Shaheen (NYU) spent much of his career collecting artifacts from U.S. popular culture that represent Arabs and Muslims—most of which are highly racialized and negative. In 2010, Shaheen donated his expansive research collection to NYU, highlights of which are presented in a traveling exhibition.


Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Islam, Art and the Museum

Saturday Seminar

Finbarr Barry Flood will provide a crash course in Islamic History in order to view with a critical eye the newly reopened galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.