Providing professional development for 6-12 grade educators.
by Catherine Angst
The Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center in partnership with the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) hosted forty 6-12 grade educators for a five-day summer institute from June 24-29, 2018
Throughout the week teachers engaged with university experts on a variety of topics to expand their understanding of the cultures, histories, and geopolitics of the Middle East. Lecture titles included:
- “Religious Diversity of the Middle East” with Professor Carl Ernst, Ph.D.
- “Women and Leadership in the Arab World” with Professor Nadia Yaqub, Ph.D
- “Contemporary Turkey from Ataürk to the AKP” with Professor Erdağ Göknar, Ph.D.
- “An End – Or A Beginning?: The Arab Uprisings of 2011 as History” with Professor James Gelvin, Ph.D.
“One of the biggest things I’ll bring back to my classroom is a comparison between of world religions,” said Kevin Wagner, a world history teacher from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, “There are so many things that the Islamic faith shares with Judaism and Christianity.”
A review committee selected this year’s participants through a competitive, nation-wide application. The educators represented 21 different states and a variety of teaching disciplines from social sciences, language arts, and more. “The committee was quite impressed with the number and quality of applications to this program,” Harver noted.