Summer Job Opportunity: Teach English in the Palestinian Refugee Camps of Lebanon

Learning English Advancement Program (LEAP)
Application Deadline: May 7th, 2010
Orientation: June 21st – June 25th 2010
Program Dates: June 28th – July 30th 2010

To learn more about LEAP or apply for the summer program, visit http://www.LEAPSummerProgram.org

ABOUT LEAP:
The Learning English Advancement Program (LEAP) is a pilot English enrichment program for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. LEAP is a rigorous four-week summer program whereby volunteers will provide intensive English training to develop and enhance the language skills of students that attend UNRWA schools in order to better prepare them for the Brevet exam. The Brevet exam, administered in English, is a Lebanese national exam that all students, including Palestinian refugees, must pass in order to be promoted to high school. Although the focal center of LEAP is English development, there is also an extracurricular component that includes creative activities and field trips, opportunities normally unavailable in the camps.  Moreover, LEAP aims to improve relations and understanding between Americans and Palestinians by bringing American volunteers to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

WHO WE ARE:
The Learning English Advancement Program (LEAP) is a grassroots initiative created by former American UNRWA volunteers to create a sustainable and effective English enrichment program for Palestinian refugee students in Lebanon. After learning about the devastating educational performance of Palestinian refugees, particularly in Lebanon, and being exposed to the dismal socio-economic conditions, these volunteers were motivated to establish this Program. UNRWA students generally have poor educational performance rates and high drop-out rates. In addition, many students tend to have low morale towards their education since employment opportunities are bleak and there are few scholarships available for college—discouraging many from pursuing a collegiate-level education. Moreover, Palestinian refugees live in inadequate conditions and lack nourishing summer opportunities that promote comprehensive health.

Upcoming Film: Queer Student Alliance Screens “A Jihad for Love”

Sponsored by the Queer Student Alliance

Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 pm – TITU

Synopsis: In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack–from within and without–‘A Jihad for Love’ is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. “A Jihad for Love” is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa.

Post-Doctoral Job Opportunity: University of Massachusetts–Amherst

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications from recent Ph.D. awardees for a one-year post-doctoral appointment in a specialty within the broad area of the study of diverse Islamic cultures and societies.  The University, the flagship public campus in Massachusetts, houses an interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies major and Arabic language courses in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. Additional existing relevant specialists are in Art History, History, Legal Studies, Political Science and Public Policy, among others.  A priority for this position is research expertise in Ottoman and/or Turkish Studies. Appointing an individual with high-quality and innovative teaching and research interests is our chief goal. Applicants whose work centers on the study of Islamic cultures outside of Ottoman/Turkish areas will receive full consideration.

Funded by a one-time grant for one year, the position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to teach one course per semester of her/his design, and to offer a colloquium in the appointee’s area of specialty. The appointment will be in CHFA, but will entail mentorship and collaboration with interested faculty throughout the University.  The position is officially designated as 75% postdoctoral, 25% lecturer.  The University of Massachusetts is part of the Five College Consortium, which brings together faculty and students from the University, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College in diverse research networks and seminars. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and will include benefits.

Qualifications:  Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2010, relevant scholarship, and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.  Priority deadline: May 17, 2010.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact details for three references, and samples of two relevant publications and/or dissertation chapters, to: Professor David Mednicoff, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, South College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003.   The University of Massachusetts is committed to the active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Today: Information Session for Middle East Studies Certificate Students

The Center for Middle East Studies is hosting an information session today for current and prospective certificate students. The event is scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Ingraham 206.

The event will provide an overview of the program’s goals, a brief explanation of curriculum requirements, and information on the value of the certificate in the work force. We have also invited speakers from the International Academic Programs office to introduce study abroad opportunities in the region.

If you have questions about the certificate–related either to coursework or real-world application–we strongly encourage you to attend. Uli Schamiloglu, Chair of the Middle East Studies Program, will open the event, and this could also prove a valuable opportunity to network with other students.

Employment: US State Department Position in Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO)

We are pleased to inform you that we are still accepting applications for the following positions with the Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO).

To learn more about the Iraq Transition Assistance Office, please go here: http://careers.state.gov/iraq-jobs/index.html. PRT Public Diplomacy Officer (Iraq)

Deadline: 4/30/2010

Click on the vacancy announcement link above for more information regarding qualifications and requirements, and to start the online application process on USAJobs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to obtain and maintain a

-Secret security clearance TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO IRAQ

-Must be able to obtain a medical clearance

-Must be able to obtain an ethics clearance U.S. Citizenship required

-Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Reminder: Information Session for Middle East Studies Certificate Students

The Center for Middle East Studies is hosting an information session for current and prospective certificate students. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Ingraham 206.

The event will provide an overview of the program’s goals, a brief explanation of curriculum requirements, and information on the value of the certificate in the work force. We have also invited speakers from the International Academic Programs office to introduce study abroad opportunities in the region.

If you have questions about the certificate–related either to coursework or real-world application–we strongly encourage you to attend. Uli Schamiloglu, Chair of the Middle East Studies Program, will open the event, and this could also prove a valuable opportunity to network with other students.

Upcoming Lecture: Fahimeh Vahdat Addresses Governmental Gender Oppression in Iran

Sponsored by WISA, Project Nur, and Amnesty International

Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm – Rm. 1131, Humanities

A native of Iran, Fahimeh Vahdat witnessed the Revolution of 1979 unfold in front of her eyes while a young college student in Tehran. She and her family experienced religious persecution, and she was forced to flee her homeland. She has not returned ever since.

Fahimeh Vahdat is an activist who presents both nationally and abroad, and through the power of art and lectures, she brings public awareness to issues of violence against women and children, equality of women and men, and human rights in Iran.

Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.