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Maryland International’s fall 2009 feature story, UM Community Works for Change in the Middle East, spotlights the work of ARHU faculty member Dr. Sahar Khamis and several departments for their efforts to promote understanding of the Middle East at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Sahar Khamis, an Assistant Professor in the department of communication, is featured for her course on Arab Media. The course integrates the use of Soliya Connect, a technology program that allows students from Western societies to communicate with students from the Middle East via video conference. Khamis’ students, paired with a student from a participating Arab university, were responsible for chatting twice a week with their partner and were required to create reflections relevant to topics of the course. At the end of the semester, students collaborated with their overseas partner to produce a final video project.   

Also spotlighted were several AHRU department-sponsored events including the Dubin Lecture featuring Washington Post journalist David Ignatius, presented by The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. Ignatius, who reports extensively on the Middle East, spoke about the potential for peace in the Middle East and shared his first-hand experience with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Memories of Iraq,” a conference sponsored by ARHU and the department of history, was also of note for its examination of the fractures in Iraqi collective social memory and national identity due to years of foreign occupation and dictatorship. The conference was attended by well-respected and prominent Iraq and Middle East scholars, including keynote speakers Dina Khoury of George Washington University, and Peter Slugett from the University of Utah. 

The School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures were also featured for their Arabic, Hebrew and Persian language offerings.

To read these stories and more, download the fall 2009 issue of Maryland International.

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