Category: Ed Outreach Upcoming Events

Title: Islam in Africa and The Middle East: 4-part series


A four-part professional development series presented by the Division of African and Middle Eastern Studies at the Library of Congress with Georgetown University, Howard University, Boston University & National Museum of Asian Art

This collaborative professional development series for K-14 teachers, librarians, college students and homeschoolers is a collaboration with the Library of Congress, Georgetown University, Boston University and Howard University. All workshops will be held between April 2022-November 2022 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. This virtual series of educator workshops will also include a 1-week teacher summer institute. The summer teacher institute will be from 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Topics in the year-long workshop series:

An Introduction to Ramadan
April 28, 3:30 – 6:00pm

Join educator and author Farhana Shah for this K-8th Grade professional development workshop will focus on the history of Ramadan in Africa and the Middle East and teach and introduce this month of fasting and prayer to students in the classroom.

Contemporary Islamic Culture in Africa and the Middle East
May 19, 3:30-6:00

This 6-12 professional development workshop will focus on the citizens of modern Muslim society. The focus of this program will be on literature, foods, music, city development, fashion, amalgamation of other denominations and poetry. Guest speakers will focus on the contemporary Islamic world and its many influences. Lesson plans will be provided for downloading.

Prince Among Slaves: The amazing true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, an African prince enslaved in the American south
Monday June 20th – 3:30 – 6:00 pm

Join the creators of Prince Among Slaves (Best Documentary American Black Film Festival, 2008) for a special Juneteenth screening and discussion. We will be joined by the filmmakers along with historian of African history Michael Gomez of NYU and Oral Historian Zaheer Ali for an exciting discussion about this incredible true story and its legacy today. This program will include audience Q & A along with a presentation on the educational resources that have been created around the film for high school and college classroom use.

Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute: Islam in Africa
July 19-July 23, 9:00am – 4:00pm

The Islam in African Summer Teachers’ Institute will be an institute designed for intermediate, secondary school and college level humanities, social science, visual arts and language arts educators who are interested in strengthening and enriching their course content on religious studies in Africa. Educators will complete a one-week workshop and go on to incorporate African and Middle Eastern primary and historical documents that are Islamic centered into their classrooms and study groups. Teachers will also develop and share their own lesson plans on Islam in Africa.