The Global and Diversity Education Program at Moraine Valley sponsors programs, speakers, events, and activities that infuse global awareness and increase exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives into the campus culture and course curriculum.
Faculty interested in developing strategies and resources to infuse global and diversity education into course curriculum or to pursue professional development opportunities related to international education are encouraged to contact Michael Renehan, Global and Diversity Education Program Coordinator and Professor, Intensive English Language Program at firstname.lastname@example.org (708) 974-5321.
Global Education Resources and Opportunities: Fall 2021
Resources from the Pulitzer Center on Afghanistan
Check out these stories that Pulitzer Center journalists have reported from Afghanistan over the past 15 years. These resources can help highlight underreported stories in this multifaceted country, give context to emerging headlines, and support you and your students in processing and discussing the news.
1. Explore the latest stories by Pulitzer Center journalists currently on the ground or recently evacuated from Afghanistan:
- Afghanistan: After the Americans: For PBS NewsHour and NPR, Jane Ferguson covers current events in Kabul as the U.S. military leaves Afghanistan and the Taliban seize control of the country.
- Biden on Afghanistan: Not My Problem: This story covers the Biden Administration’s response and messaging surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
2. More underreported stories and creative projects from Afghanistan:
- Afghanistan by Choice: This short documentary highlights the voices of Afghans in 2016 making the difficult decision between leaving or staying in a precarious Kabul.
- Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry: This multimedia project showcases poems of protest, anger, and joy by Afghan women.
- Afghanistan: Tanks, Bazaars and Wheelchair Basketball: These documentary paintings capture scenes from everyday life in 2015 Kabul to highlight the quiet moments beyond the headlines.
- Confronting the Struggle of Afghanistan’s War Widows: This photo story documents the lives of the 2.5 million widows of war living in Afghanistan in 2015.
3. Humanities in Class Online Course: Understanding the Modern Middle East
Next Session Starts September 13, 2021
Course Dates: September 13 – October 29, 2021
Professional Development Hours: 35
Course Registration Fee: $125.00
Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as a turmoil-laden, sectarian, and tribal premodern region. In this course, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the twentieth century to understand the complexities of its peoples and societies. Read Frequently Asked Questions for additional information regarding Humanities in Class online courses.
This course was designed in partnership with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Register for the course here. Sign up for their listserv by clicking here.
4. The Council of American Overseas Research Centers offers fully-funded international seminars for community college educators and administrators. They provide seminars with different focuses in several countries to help provide a more global perspective in higher education. Applications for their January 2022 seminars in West Africa, Mexico, and India are now open through August 31. Learn more and apply here.
5. East Valley JCC is offering live virtual tours of Auschwitz. The tours are led by expert guides who can answer questions. Tours have a minimum of 25 people and are generally capped at 35 people to allow for interaction, but groups of up to 100 can be accommodated. The cost is $30 per person, but discounts are available for colleges. Learn more and register here.
6 .UC Berkeley has free virtual reading groups for K-14 educators. There are two world history reading groups. A schedule of events is at click here for information and registration is here.
Resources for Faculty
- Al Jazeera’s English-language news is also interesting, comprehensive, and multi-faceted.
- “Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East” is easily searchable – with tabs for different countries and a digest reviewing this week’s news. You can also get an email brief if you sign up.
Ready made lesson plans that connect your content to the headlines in the news. Most lessons are free. Just search in the “free” section.
The University of Arizona, a Title VI Grant holder, shared these materials on curriculum internationalization for community colleges. The site includes background information, instructional materials, professional development opportunities, suggested media, and useful links.
This is a nice collection of digital teaching resources for teaching on issues related to the Middle East. There is a place to sign up for a listserv for resources pertaining to community colleges.
Looking for an impactful lesson? The Global Oneness Project is a very nice collection of films, photo essays and articles with ready-made lessons you can use in your class right away. All lesson plans are tied to national standards and are searchable by subject matter
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This is an excellent resource which explores the complexity of defining and mapping the Middle East, or even using that term at all.
Funded Professional Development Opportunities
A wonderful, FUNDED program for full-time community college/university faculty is the Palestinian American Research Center’s Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. It will be held in Jerusalem and the West Bank, from June 3-16. Applications are due Jan. 15, 2020.
There are some prestigious scholarship opportunities from the U.S. government to help community college/university students who are U.S. citizens to study abroad. The scholarships are fully funded and some include employment opportunities upon return. Community College students are especially encouraged to apply.