CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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
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."
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 email@example.com.
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.