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November 9, 2011

Sala De la Osa Room, 2nd Floor, Student Union
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Address: 9851 Zelzah Ave., Northridge, CA 91330-8273

Tel: (818) 677-2890

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9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks, Elizabeth Say, Dean, College of Humanities, CSUN
Introductory Remarks, Nayereh Tohidi, Director, MEIS, CSUN

9:10-10:10 AM: Keynote Speaker

Juan Cole, University of Michigan:
MESA past president, former MENAS director at UM
“Teaching the Middle East: Achievements and Challenges”


10:30AM-12:00 noon: Panel 1
Teaching MEIS through the Humanities and Arts: What Do Students Need to Know?
Moderated by Mustafa Ruzgar, CSUN
1. Zayn Kassam, Pomona College (Religious Studies)
2. Linda Komaroff, LACMA (Arts & Architecture)
3. Nouri Gana, UCLA (Literature)
4. Dwight Reynolds, UCSB (Music & Folklore)

Lunch Break 12:00-1:30, Geronimo’s Dining Hall at SSU

Note: Interested persons will join the 12:00-1:30 Working Lunch with MEIS Directors from CSU/UC Campuses.

1:30PM-3:00PM: Panel 2
Teaching MEIS through the Social Sciences: What Do Students Need to Know?
Moderated by Rachel Howes, CSUN
1. Sondra Hale, UCLA (Gender)
2. Susan Slyomovics, UCLA (Anthropology)
3. James Gelvin, UCLA (History)
4. Eliz Sanasarian, USC (Political Science)


3:15-4:15 PM: Panel 3
Teaching MEIS through the Languages: The Main Issues at Hand
Moderated by Ahmed Bouguarche, CSUN
1. Olga Kagan, UCLA: Foreign Languages, Heritage Languages
2. Dwight Reynolds, UCSB: Arabic–A Commonly Taught “Less Commonly Taught Language”


4:30-6 PM: Concluding Round Table
The Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans–Community and Cultural Continuity

Moderated by Jody E. Myers, CSUN

Note: Participants will include teachers of Middle Eastern languages in academia and from Middle Eastern American community and religious centers (including mosques, synagogues, churches), and representatives from the various ethnic communities and the media addressing issues such as teaching for proficiency, whether language offerings should be required or elective, inter-generational perspectives about priorities and objectives, expectations and resources, etc.

6:00 PM:Reception & Azimuth-Ascension Exhibition

New Sahara Gallery
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324