In this intensive and interactive course, participants will examine the historical and contemporary relationship between the United States and the Middle East with a particular focus on the period since 1945. The course will focus on the political, historical, and cultural encounters between the Middle East and the United States, cover an array of topics, and also familiarize participants with teaching tools, such as graphic novels, political cartoons, and films, as well as pedagogical methods, such as role play to help engage students in gaining insights into complex negotiations and political situations. In addition to a broad range of lecture topics from top experts, this course will also incorporate several film screenings as well as curriculum workshops, in which participants are introduced to teaching tools appropriate for classroom use.
This course’s objective is to inspire educators to teach about U.S. - Middle East relations within social studies curriculum with a critical understanding that goes beyond commonly held assumptions and media headlines. At the end of the 5-day course, participants will have a basic historical knowledge of some of the major events in U.S.-Middle East relations over the past 70 years as well as have gained teaching tools to incorporate this content knowledge for classroom teaching.
This Summer Institute was offered for as a '3P-credits" through the New York City's Department of Education's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).