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Posted on June 14th, 2024 in Announcements, Community Engagement, Faculty, Students by Carrie E. Foote
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Dr. Edward Curtis

Professor Edward Curtis, newly-appointed director of Arabic Studies program, has announced his three-year plan for the future of the program. Curtis’ goals include the following:

  • Community Engagement. The program will rely on a soon-to-be-announced Community Advisory Board to identify opportunities for mutually-beneficial research, teaching, and service both on and off campus with members of the Arab and Muslim communities of central Indiana. Such engagement will include an annual community-focused lecture on campus about the latest academic discoveries in Arabic and Islamic studies.
  • Scholarships. The program commits to raising $25,000 over three years for scholarships to support students who minor in Arabic and Islamic studies.
  • Internships and Community-Engaged Learning. Starting with the hiring of a paid intern/student program assistant, the program will leverage its community connections to provide students with chance to complete internships and participate in community-focused research, teaching, and service.
  • External Research Funding. Curtis will apply for external research funding focused on understanding Middle East and North African-descended communities in the United States.
  • New Courses. The program will offer revised or new courses on the anthropology of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the modern history of MENA, and the influence of Arab culture on Spain and Latin America as well as one-credit “appetizer” courses about Syrian-Lebanese food and cooking, Islamophobia, and the Qur’an.
  • A More Flexible Minor. Pending approval, students will be able to take any combination of courses in the minor to satisfy the 15-credit requirement.

Click here to learn more about the Arabic Studies Program.

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