‘Rethink Afghanistan’ film screening presented by Madison Area Peace Coalition

The Madison Area Peace Coalition will be screening the film ‘Rethink Afghanistan‘ (US 2009) on Saturday, December 12th at 3pm at Dardenelles Resturant, 1851 Monroe Street Madison. The film is in response to the increase of 34,000 US troops to Afghanistan, as announced by President Barack Obama on December 1, 2009. Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film is a compilation of interviews and insights on the future of the US war in Afghanistan and how to reshape policy to meet these conditions.

Summer 2010 Intensive Arabic: California State University, San Bernardino Program

The California State University, San Bernardino’s Arabic Language Summer Intensive Program. The program is open to all motivated students from the U.S. and abroad. However, in order to maintain high quality instruction and provide individualized attention, only a limited number of students will be admitted.

During the Summer 2010, three distinct engaging and stimulating sessions will be offered:

1-Intensive Beginning Arabic:
This program is geared for individuals who have no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the six-week session, participants will complete the equivalent of an entire year of Beginning College Arabic. Students should expect to spend their week, Mondays through Thursdays, immersed in the program all day long. Opportunities for extra curricular activities, such as learning the art of calligraphy, folk dancing, ethnic cooking, in addition to watching movies from the Arab world, listening to guest speakers speeches, and going on field trips are also available during weeknights and on Fridays.

2-Residential & Intensive Intermediate Arabic:
This program is specially tailored for students who have already completed the equivalent of one year of Arabic language at the college level. This program is both intensive and residential: i.e., students are strongly encouraged to live in the dorms to fully benefit from the immersion program. The extra curricular activities described in the Intensive Beginning Arabic program above are requirements for this one. In addition, students will be living, communicating, interacting and connecting with Native Arab students.

3-Study Abroad:
This program has been carefully crafted for students to develop their language skills at the Intermediate high / Advance Low level. During the Summer 2010, our students will be part of a very rich program in Jordan that combines all activities already included in the residential/intensive programs in addition to combining language study with visits to historic and tourist attractions and doing internships in several non-governmental organizations. This program will give participants the opportunity to be fully immersed and connected with the people and cultures of the Arab world.

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Summer Intensive Arabic Program
California State University, San Bernardino
Application Procedures

The application deadline is February 19, 2010 (or until filled)
The application procedure is a two-step process:
1) Complete and submit an application.
2) The selection committee will notify you of its final decision on or before March 26, 2010.
If accepted, you will receive a welcome package with instructions about how to prepare for
the Summer Arabic program at California State University, San Bernardino.

Dr. Dany Doueiri
Arabic Program Coordinator
Email: arabic@csusb.edu
Phone: 909-537-5814
Fax: 909-537-7091

2010 Application

For more information, visit: www.flan.csusb.edu/Arabic/abroad.htm

Council For American Overseas Research Centers: Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

2009 – 2010 Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Approximately ten awards of up to $10,000 each will be given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Given changing travel restrictions and/or security warnings to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal.

Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2010

For more details and application, please see http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm

Baytunaa: Arabic Language Floor Opening in the International Learning Community

New positions available in Baytunaa, the Arabic language section of the International Learning Community (the ILC), currently housed in Adams Hall, a lake shore residential hall.

Living in Baytunaa affords residents the opportunity to practice using Arabic in everyday activities and to participate in activities centered around Arabic conversation practice and cultural events.  Currently Mr. Bilal Humeidan of Jordan (who is also a teaching assistant in the UW Arabic program) resides with the residents of Baytunaa and coordinates the ILC Arabic program.  In addition, there are many regularly scheduled events open to all residents of the International Learning Community (including theme dinners with invited speakers every other Tuesday evening throughout the semester).

Application due Friday December 11 on-line at http://www.housing.wisc.edu/ilc/

Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates awarded The Brass Crescent Award

Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates has won one of the Sixth Annual Brass Crescent Awards, citing “a groundbreaking effort by the University of Wisconsin, Inside Islam has built a blog concurrent with podcasts and a radio show with the help of its students.” This award puts the Inside Islam team among the most influential Muslim bloggers from all over the world!

The Brass Crescent Awards started in 2004 with the purpose of promoting the best writing of the Muslim Web and exposing it to a greater number of readers. Awards are given on an annual basis, based on the Islamic calendar.

Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates is a joint project of the UW-Madison’s international and area studies centers and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders. The project, spearheaded by Global Studies, is supported by a grant from the Social Science Research Council in New York City.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: Young Executives Scholarships Available for current MBA students & recent MBA graduates

Immediate Opportunity – Deadline Monday, December 14th
For the first time and at the heart of the Muslim World, Savola Group (one of the Middle East’s top conglomerates) in collaboration with Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and Madinah Knowledge Economic City are pleased to announce the launch of the Program for Advanced Leadership and Management (PALM) in Madinah and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The program combines top quality content, world-class speakers and live local case studies. Through interaction with international and diverse peers as well as professors from top business schools, authors of best-selling books and highly experienced consultants from the top global consulting firms, participants will have the opportunity to expand their business repertoire to include new concepts, paradigms and practices. Program faculty include 23 renowned speakers from around the world; among them Dr. Paul Schoemaker (Wharton School), Dr. John H. Fleming (Gallup Consulting), Dr. Omar Sawaya (A.T. Kearney), Bahjat El-Darwiche (Booz & Company), Dieter Roelen (Mckinsey & Company), Dr. Ary Ginanjar Agustian (ESQ Indonesia), Dr. Jean-Luc Kastner (TTM Associates) and Dr. Tarek H. Selim (American University in Cairo), to name a few.

The program addresses core business management areas such as strategic planning, corporate finance, marketing and branding, talent management, supply chain management, decision making, and managing technology. The program also sharpens participants’ leadership skills through action learning, personality profiling and executive coaching.

The Young Executive Scholarship (YES) reflects Savola Group’s commitment to build a core base of talented and highly educated future leaders and to provide them with strong networking opportunities. YES aims as well at enhancing understanding and collaboration among business executives from Saudi Arabia and other nations.

The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation and air tickets to attend the PALM program which will be held from 15th to the 28th of January 2010.

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates should:

>> Have just completed their MBA or be currently working towards an MBA program in one of the top business schools with very high academic performance. The program is not open to undergraduates, even if they are business majors.
>> Demonstrate leadership potential.
>> Demonstrate high performance and strong result-focus.
>> Hold a track record of tangible achievements.
>> Have outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of high-performing individuals.
>> An entrepreneurial orientation, proven track record of taking initiative.
>> Have professional demeanor and excellence in oral and written communications.

To apply for this scholarship:
The National Council is able to select two individuals for this scholarships and must make its nominations ASAP. Interested students should submit academic transcripts and a detailed letter of application specifically demonstrating the ways in which the candidate meets the eligibility requirements for this program. In addition, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows their work well. Prior participation in National council programs – Model Arab League, internships, or Arabic programs at YCMES will be included in the factors determining the selection of the scholarship winners. All application materials become the property of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Deadline for the receipt of materials is Monday, December 14th at 12:00 Noon, EST. Materials may be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments, by facsimile copy, or by express mail service, and sent to:

Dr. James A. Winship
Vice President, Programs
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M Street, NW Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
e-mail: Winship@ncusar.org
Telephone: 202-293-6466
Fax: 202-293-7770

For more information, visit: www.ncusar.org

Bousquet Presides over MOU Signing Ceremony at Qatar University on 7 December 2009

Doha, Qatar

On behalf of Chancellor Martin, Gilles Bousquet, dean of the Division of International Studies, has traveled to Doha to attend the Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between UW-Madison and Qatar University.Dean Bousquet also provided  a lecture titlted “Beyond Internationalization: The 21st-Century Global University” to Qatar University faculty, staff and students. For a full presentation of his speech and photos from the event, click here.

Middle East Film Series: Kurdish Film ‘Turtles Can Fly’ on Dec. 10

Middle East Studies program will be screening the movie Turtles Can Fly (Iran/Iraq 2004: 95 mins) on Thursday, December 10th at 7pm in Humanities 1651 as the final installment in the program’s Fall 2009 film series.  Directed by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, the film was the first to be filmed in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.  The film will be screened in Kurdish with English subtitles.

Set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq, the film follows 13 year old boy named ‘Satellite’ who serves as the de facto leader of the refugee camp thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion.  Organizing fellow orphans into landmine-collection teams so that they can eke out a living, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program

Student Arabic Film Organization: ‘The Tale of Three Jewels’ on Dec. 2nd

Event: Student Arabic Film Organization viewing the film, “The Tale of the Three Jewels”.

Where: Humanities 1131

When: December 2, Wednesday, 6-8pm

Movie Summary:

Two young people living within the Occupied Territories fall in love. Their struggles are staged within but not exclusively by the ravages of occupation. Palestine-Israel is not just about the inhumanity of colonial authority; it is also a touching, naive, and tense engagement between two different communities living in the Occupied Territories as seen and lived out in a love story between a Palestinian boy and a seemingly “foreign/gypsy” (neither Jewish or Arab) community defined in Arabic as both unclean and lower class.

Languages: Arabic and Hebrew
Subtitles: English