Arab American Language Institute in Meknes Morocco (23 May–12 August 2011)

Arab American Language Institute in Morocco
Meknes, Morocco
23 May–12 August 2011
The Arab American Language Institute in Morocco, with offices in Virginia. Offering all levels, all year. Summer 2011 intensive Arabic: four week program May 23 – June 17; six week program June 6- July 15; eight week program June 7- July 29; or twelve week program May 24 – Aug 12. Fees include lodging, 2 meals a day and outings, plus all instruction. MSA and Moroccan dialect. Transcripts and certificate upon completion. One year’s study in as little as six weeks.

Winter break ’11, spring semester 2011, fall semester 2011 and Cultural Discovery Programs 2011 also offered.

For all details: The Arab American Language Institute in Morocco, PO Box 5544, Williamsburg, VA 23188 (757 258–0054;

Application Deadline: 15 March 2011

Upcoming Opportunity: “The Global Renaissance: Some New Perspectives

A message from David Loewenstein, Professor of English at UW Madison:


Dear Graduate Students Working in Early Modern Studies,


On April 1, 2011, the Center for Early Modern Studies at UW-Madison will put on a one-day conference on the topic of “The Global Renaissance: Some New Perspectives.”  The conference will mostly take place during the afternoon of Friday, April 1. We will have several keynote speakers: Jyostna Singh, Professor at Michigan State University and editor of the very recent Blackwell companion to THE GLOBAL RENAISSANCE; Su Fang Ng, a Professor at the U of Oklahoma working on early modern literature and encounters with Asia; and Neil Whitehead, Professor of Anthropology at UW-Madison.  If your current work intersects in any way with the themes of the conference, I would be glad to hear from you, since I expect to organize one or two discussion panels around the topics mentioned below.  This conference will explore the “Global Renaissance” from a variety of perspectives, including the following topics: the exchange of commodities and goods; encounters with distant cultures; intellectual exchange between cultures; the circulation of scientific ideas; literary representations of non-European cultures.  In any case, I want you to feel very welcome to attend this event.


Best wishes,

David Loewenstein

Call for Applications: Arabic, Persian, Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)

An eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.  Each language class, at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit.  Sponsored by Global Studies, the Division of International Studies, African Languages & Literature, Languages and Cultures of Asia, the Middle East Studies Program, and the African Studies Program.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2011

For more information visit, or call 608-262-5666

Upcoming Event: Sawyer Seminar on Human Rights

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 at 9:00 a.m. in The University Club, Room 313.

“What is the Human?  Human Rights and Developments in Technology and the Life Sciences”

Noa Vaisman, the HRI post-doctoral fellow, has provided this introduction to the seminar:

In recent years, rapid developments in scientific knowledge and technologies have been challenging us to reconsider our human condition. From the new genetics to biometric identification techniques, from stem cells to new pharmaceuticals, these technological innovations and emerging scientific knowledge are calling into question Western assumptions about race, gender, class and the boundaries of the human body. Although many studies on these topics have been done to date, the impact of developments in the life sciences on our current understanding of human rights has not received as much attention. How should our conception of the human and of rights change in response to these emerging technologies? How should human rights laws and discourse change in response to new forms of knowledge? What moral guidelines and social structures are shaping our understanding of these emerging forms? The Human Rights Sawyer Seminar aims to answer these questions by both mapping out recent research in the intersection of human rights and the life sciences and by exploring new and productive directions in this interdisciplinary project.

Hosted by the Human Rights Initiative of UW Madison.

Internship Opportunity: The National Council Fellowships:Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

May 31 – August 5, 2011

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation’s Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.

Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.

Site visits: Interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America’s foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

Interested undergraduate or graduate students should send a letter of interest (1-2 pages) to the National Council office by mail or e-mail. This letter should provide basic information about yourself, your interests, previous course work related to politics, economics, foreign policy, and the Middle East, and some indication of the type of internship that would most interest you. Please recognize that this letter of interest is a vital part of the application and serves as the National Councils introduction to the potential intern. It deserves significant time and attention and should not be a cursory addition to your completed application packet.

In addition, the National Council asks that you submit:

1) A double-spaced essay (no more than 2-pages in length) on the topic:

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Arab World: Successes, Failures, and Future Prospects

2) A resume or curriculum vitae

3) Transcripts of all university-level work

4) Two letters or recommendation, at least one of them from a faculty member who knows your work well

5) A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at]

6) $125 non-refundable program fee

Special preference will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Councils Model Arab League program, but this is not a requirement for selection as an intern.


All materials should be submitted by mail delivery service (UPS or FEDEX) to the National Council office by March 18, 2011. Application materials may be submitted as e-mail attachments but hard copies of all documents with original signatures should also be submitted by mail or delivery service. Applications submitted after the March 18 deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.

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Upcoming Event: Mother Tongue Education and Democratic Autonomy: Kurdish Nationalist Challenges

Professor Robert Olson of the University of Kentucky will be presenting a fascinating lecture on Kurdish Nationalist challenges on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in Ingraham Hall, Room 206.

Dr. Olson is a specialist on Kurdish studies and has written on several topics, including the history of the Ottoman Empire, Kurdish nationalism, and Middle Eastern Politics.

Free and open to the public.

For questions or more information, please contact the Center for Middle East Studies at or (608) 265-6583.