K12 Summer Institute: Middle Eastern Americas
Date(s) - 07/18/2022 - 07/22/2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The states, societies, and peoples of the Middle East have helped shape the history of the Americas for over 500 years. Despite the many sociocultural, religious, and demographic contributions of Middle Easterners in the Americas, the connection is often only acknowledged in K-12 settings in the context of contemporary conflicts, that is, terrorism, war, and sectarianism at home and abroad. This summer institute is designed to help teachers conceptualize and design ways to give richer historical and contemporary depth to the entwined histories of the Middle East and the Americas, going back to the Columbian exchange and carrying forward through the 20th century. Teachers will hear from expert scholars on topics that include: How concerns and fears about the Ottoman Empire and Islam shaped Columbus’ journeys to the Americas, perceptions of the Middle East in the early American imaginary, the continuation and development of Islam amongst slave populations and later immigrants, literary movements that stretched between the Middle East and the Americas, and cultural connections that have shaped the fabric of New York City. In addition to lectures and discussions with leading scholars, the institute will include field trips to relevant local sites, and a group project led and advised by the Institute’s Academic Director, Dr. Peter Valenti and institute faculty.