CCAS Education Outreach has received a U.S. Department of Education grant as a National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa (NRC-MENA) since 1997. Many of our programs are funded in part by this Title VI grant from the Department of Education, with additional funding provided by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and Aramco.

Fall 2018 Outreach Events

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Workshop on Award-Winning Palestinian Films Naila & the Uprising and Budrus

October 6, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, CCAS Boardroom ICC #141, Georgetown University

Join us for a film screening, companion curriculum/discussion guide, and scholar presentation. We will screen Naila and the Uprising, which chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh whose story weaves through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history — the First Intifada. When the nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, Naila must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. The film is produced by the award-winning team, Just Vision and directed by Julia Bacha.

Dr. Amal Amireh, Professor at George Mason University, and Mouin Rabbani, political analyst, will provide insightful background and material for discussion on women, non-violence, and politics. We will screen & discuss clips from Budrus, a film about the separation wall, and introduce teaching resources for the using the films in the classroom. Co-sponsored with the DC Palestine Film and Arts Festival (https://www.dcpfaf.org/) October 2-7.

Lunch will be served, and resources provided.

Click here to register for this event.

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The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF)

October 2-7, 2018 at multiple venues

DCPFAF is a local, volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to showcasing the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists around the world to audiences in the Washington, DC metro area. This year’s festival, Threads of Resilience, features 13 feature and short films, acclaimed Palestinian actor and Spotlight Artist Saleh Bakri, Palestinian embroidery workshops, painting workshops, and ends with a night of stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center with Mona Aburmishan (FREE)! You can find the full program and film synopses at www.dcpfaf.org.

Contact Laila Rabah at lailar@dcpfaf.orgwith any questions.

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Teach-In on Current Events in the Arab World: Return to Business as Usual after the Uprisings?

November 10, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
George Mason University, Merten Hall 1204

The Arab uprisings captured our attention eight years ago, dominating the news cycle. Since then, the situation in the region has been characterized by catastrophic humanitarian crises, reconsiderations of governance structures and policies toward both liberalization and authoritarianism, and military consolidations and responses. The underlying demographic, economic, and social issues faced by citizens have persisted or even deteriorated. This teach-in brings scholars and journalists to discuss Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia over the past decade. Teachers of world history and geography, global studies and regional studies will gain perspectives from the experts and acquire teaching resources on these challenging and crucial topics.

The event is co-sponsored by the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at George Mason University, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and the Arab Studies Institute, and by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Global Affairs, Global Programs, History Department, the Schar School of Policy and Government, Film and Media Studies.

Lunch will be served. Click here to register for this event.

This event is made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the U. S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East and North Africa at Georgetown University, with additional funding from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for education outreach and public events and from George Mason University.

Arabian Sights Film Festival

October 18-28, 2018, multiple venues

The Arabian Sights Film Festival (http://www.filmfestdc.org/arabiansights/) returns for its 23rd year with a program of some of the most outstanding works from the region’s most innovative filmmakers. In acknowledgement of the groundbreaking #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, a Filmfest DC+ presentation of Arab shorts, all directed by women, will also be featured this year.

All films will be screened with English subtitles and will be free and open to the public.

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3rd Annual Area Studies Workshop: Sharing Curriculum on Global Studies and Area Studies Electives and Approaches with Experts and Teacher-Scholars

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Georgetown University, CCAS Boardroom, ICC #141

In this third annual outreach collaboration between the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, we are proud to showcase the efforts of the Global Curriculum Fellowship sponsored by District of Columbia Public Schools’ Office of Global Education. A select group of teacher fellows, GU student research aides, and School of Foreign Service faculty reviewers worked throughout the past year to create course syllabi for electives that rarely receive sufficient time, attention, and resources for development. We invite teachers from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to hear the story of this work, learn from academic teaching faculty about approaches to teaching and learning about these complex and interconnected topics, and gain access to the course syllabi.  As we have done in previous area/global studies workshops, participants will hear from experts, share ideas and network with their colleagues.

Lunch will be served and resources provided. Click here for registration information.

This event is made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the U. S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East and North Africa at Georgetown University, with additional funding from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for education outreach and public events.