Middle East Summer Institute


Schedule of Events

While CSAMES is not hosting a 2012 Middle East Summer Institute, we are organizing the 2012 International Summer Institute on Global Protest Movements, which will be held June 18-22 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Please check back for details or visit

https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/ATLASRegistration/single/?event=csames112 to register.


Past Middle East Summer Institutes

  • June 2009: "Understanding and Teaching about the Middle East"

    This intensive institute offered resources and methods for teaching about geography, religion, trade and art in the Middle East. Films, activities and discussion sessions were incorporated into each session. The presenters were: Barbara Petzen, the Education Director at the Middle East Policy Council; Susan Douglass, Education Consultant at the Prince Alwaleed Al Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; Audrey Shabbas, Director and Founder of the Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services; Dr. Hadi Esfahani, Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Economics; and Dr. Mohammad Khalil, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UIUC. View the institute's flyer and schedule of events

  • June 2010: "The Middle East Uncensored: Rethinking Media and Representations"

    This intensive institute focused on teaching about the modern Middle East through its representation in mainstream and independent media. The material presented was designed to support the teaching of U.S. history, government, global studies, current events, and media studies at the upper middle school, high school, and college levels. Through use of print, audio and video, and online materials, participants were given strategies on how to use media to encourage the development of critical thinking skills in their classes while learning about political conflicts and other current issues in the region. Presenters included Barbara Petzen, Outreach Director, Middle East Policy Council; Tom Regan, Principal Editor, Al-Shorfa.com; Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy; and Steve Tamari, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. View the institute's flyer and schedule of events

  • June 2011: "Political and Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa"

    This summer’s Institute focused on understanding social and political dynamics of the revolutions and revolts of 2011, and exploring methods for teaching about current uprisings in the region. While all were welcome to attend, material was geared towards high school and community college educators. Resources were also appropriate for librarians, counselors, advisors, and administrators. Participants received continuing education contact hour recognition (CPDU’s for Illinois teachers and CEU’s for non-Illinois teachers). Presentations were given by University faculty and corriculum professionals. View the institute flyer  and schedule of events