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Release: June 13, 2002

(Photos: Top, Rex Honey; Bottom, James McCue)

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend any part of the week-long institute. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call Buffy Quintero at 319-335-0345.)

UI offers workshop on teaching about the Middle East June 17-21

Middle and high school teachers from across Iowa will spend a week learning about Middle Eastern culture and religion at the University of Iowa International Programs' McCue Summer Institute for Teachers June 17- 21. Educators from Des Moines, Ames, Waterloo, Newton, Cedar Rapids, Marion, and West Branch will attend the workshop, which will help enhance their teaching about Middle Eastern issues. Most of the sessions will be held in Schaeffer Hall on the UI campus.

The institute workshops will be led by Rex Honey, UI geography professor and director of the UI Global Studies Program, and Nat Godley, a UI Ph.D. candidate in history.

"Especially in the wake of September 11th, the University of Iowa has a responsibility to share knowledge with middle and high school teachers who need this knowledge to share with their students," Honey said. "This is a great opportunity for educators to update their knowledge of the culture, history, politics and religions of an area of the world that is often underrepresented in K-12 education."

The institute will begin with a noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 opening reception in the Schaeffer Hall Commons, Room 302. James McCue, the UI professor emeritus for whom the institute is named, will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss the importance of producing globally knowledgeable and responsible citizens. McCue is a retired UI religion professor who led the UI Global Studies Program and the teacher workshop for many years.

The first session, titled, "Cultures of the Middle East," will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 in Room 30 Schaeffer Hall.

Other institute sessions include "Political Economy of the Middle East and U. S. Middle Eastern Policy," "Arab/Israeli Conflict," "The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and the War on Terrorism" and "Summary and Pedagogical Materials."

In addition to the lectures, the institute will include trips to the Mother Mosque in Cedar Rapids and the UI Aliber Hillel Jewish Center, as well as Middle Eastern cooking demonstrations given by a Jordanian student, Rana Dajani, at New Pioneer Coop.

Pre-registration is required for educators to attend. A limited number of scholarships were available for qualified applicants attending workshops.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, UI International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345 or send email to

The workshops are funded by International Programs and a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education, United States Department of State, through a one year-grant from the Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.