Spring 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARBI 102-01 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
DENNY 21
ARBI 102-02 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
DENNY 21
ARBI 202-01 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
DENNY 315
ARBI 202-02 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
DENNY 315
ARBI 360-01 Religion and Culture in the Middle East
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course seeks to improve students' overall Arabic skills through reading and listening to authentic texts and broadcasts in Arabic, and engaging in discussions of the content. More specifically, students will read texts and listen to broadcasts focusing on religious and cultural affairs as a means of both advancing their understanding of the content, and of improving their linguistic skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will read long passages, summarize them, and present their main ideas in class; listen to recordings and broadcasts, answer questions based on them, and share the answers in class; engage in group presentations, debates and role-play; and complete individual projects. Students will also develop the ability to narrate in major time frames, compare and contrast, and express an opinion.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
DENNY 315
Courses Offered in HEBR
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 102-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Sally Bronner
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.
07:00 PM-08:20 PM, MTWRF
EASTC 108
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 200-01 Arab American Literature and Culture
Instructor: Stacey Suver
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-05. In his 1926 poem, To Young Americans of Syrian Origin, Gibran Khalil Gibran wrote, I believe that you can say to the founders of this great nation, Here I am, a youth, a young tree whose roots were plucked from the hills of Lebanon, yet I am deeply rooted here, and I would be fruitful. This class takes inspiration from Gibrans arboreal metaphor and studies how contemporary works of Arab-American literature address concepts of rootedness, replanting, and hybridity. We will read examples from various genres including war narratives, immigrant narratives, and speculative fiction to explore how immigration and other border crossings reshape personal, ethnic, and cultural identities. Readings include work by Rabih Alameddine, Rawi Hage, Alicia Erian, Joseph Geha, Amal El-Mohtar, Sara Saab, Omar El Akkad, and Saladin Ahmed.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
EASTC 411
MEST 200-02 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01, RELG 240-01 and WGSS 201-03. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
EASTC 411
MEST 200-03 The Francophone Film: From North Africa to the Middle East
Instructor: Mireille Rebeiz
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FREN 246-01 and FMST 210-04.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
BOSLER 313
MEST 221-01 Women of the Middle East: Stories of Resistance
Instructor: Mireille Rebeiz
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 321-04, FREN 364-02 and WGSS 221-01. The condition of women writers in post-colonial, predominantly Arab countries is heavily marked by the dual legacy of the region's Muslim heritage and the cultural imprint of former colonizers, which are intertwined with ethnic, religious, linguistic and other differences that in varying ways traverse the region as a whole. The tensions associated with these differences erupted in wars in some countries and violence and discrimination against women in some others. Several women writers stood up against injustice and sexism by writing to defend women's rights and render justice. Their writing served to bear witness and preserve the victim's memory. This class focuses on narratives (texts and films) from the following countries: Algeria, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. The condition of women writers in post-colonial, predominantly Arab countries is heavily marked by the dual legacy of the regions Muslim heritage and the cultural imprint of former colonizers, which are intertwined with ethnic, religious, linguistic and other differences that in varying ways traverse the region as a whole. The tensions associated with these differences erupted in wars in some countries and violence and discrimination against women in some others. Several women writers stood up against injustice and sexism by writing to defend womens rights and render justice. Their writing served to bear witness and preserve the victims memory. This course focuses on Middle Eastern womens narratives in times of conflict and examines issues of representation, gender and sexuality, national identity, and memory and trauma. This course is cross-listed as WGSS 221, ENGL 321 and FREN 364.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
STUART 1104
MEST 233-01 U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab World
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-05. This course introduces the students to the theory and practice of U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab world from a historical and a comparative perspective, looking at past challenges, successes and failures. The course examines the role of public diplomacy in the context of U.S. strategic interests in the region, U.S. efforts to promote democratic governance in the Arab world through the use of public diplomacy tools including traditional and new media, cultural exchanges, and educational programs. Students will debate whether public diplomacy should be integrated into the policy-making process, and how it could complement traditional diplomacy and advance political, military, and economic policies.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
DENNY 104
MEST 550-01 Jordan's Contemporary Regional Security Role
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description: