Summer Institute 2017: Food, Agriculture, Water, and Environment in the Middle East and North Africa

August 7-11, 2017

August 7-11, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm, CCAS Boardroom, ICC #141 (and site visits)

The Summer Teacher Institute 2017 will focus on the cultures of food, growing food and issues of sustaining agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa in the face of water use and climate change. The institute will explore the topic from many angles, including  the history of food culture and agriculture in the region,  the aesthetics of enjoying food and growing it in formal gardens and in the agricultural landscape, as well as the transformation of agriculture under colonial rule and in post-independence development states to today. Domestic consumption and global trade in food will be considered along with the globally shared issues of water use and sustainability of food production and consumption, diet and health, and the resilience of the rich and diverse cultures of cuisine in the region and its global influence over time. The experts and resource materials will provide, as always, perspectives and tools for incorporating an oft-neglected topic into your teaching. Confirmed speakers include Sharif Elmusa, Francesca de Chatel, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Peter Gleick (via video), and more.

More details to follow soon. Register here to reserve your place for summer!

This summer institute for teachers is made possible by Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown.