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Summer Institute 2007

We held two summer workshops in 2007.

Middle Eastern - European Intersections: Summer Workshop for Teachers, July 21 - August 2, 2007

This interdisciplinary seminar will underscore the historic and symbiotic relationship between the two regions since antiquity and how they have shaped each other's destinies in the spheres of politics, economics, and culture.

We will highlight five interrelated themes in a manner consistent with the California history, social science, and language frameworks: the grounding and fundamental synergy between the Middle East and Greece, expressly in the realm of philosophy and the interchange of knowledge and ideas, albeit also in the sphere of regional power rivalry, especially with Egypt and Persia; the onslaught of the Crusades and their impact on the Middle East and Europe, in warfare and in generating trade and commerce; the formidable influence and impact of Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire; the ages of colonialism and nationalism spurred in the 19th century by French and British occupation and rule; and the current status and impact of immigration from Turkey and North Africa, and by extension Islam in Europe.

Dates: July 21-August 2, 2007; 9am-4 pm daily, excluding weekends except first Saturday.

Online Registration

4 LAUSD multicultural general salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units Most suitable to middle school and high school history, social studies, and language arts teachers.

For more information please call 310-825-4060 or email

Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and the UCLA History-Geography Project.

In conjunction with the UCLA History-Geography Project we are also sponsoring two related preliminary sessions (March 17 and June 2, 10 am-1 pm). Attendance at the preliminary program (accredited by University Education Extension) is independent of attendance at the summer workshop. For additional information, send an e-mail to or call (310) 206-9796.


Race, Class, Gender and National Policy in Latin America: Summer Teaching Training Workshop, August 4 - August 16, 2007

The objective of this intensive two week workshop is to examine how various national policies in Latin America have dealt with issues of race, class and gender.

Dates: August 4 – August 16, 2007; 9am-4pm daily, not weekends (except the first Saturday)

After being under Iberian authority for over two hundred years, how have various Latin American countries addressed issues of race, class and gender while establishing their national identities?  Particular attention will be placed on groups that have been routinely excluded from the conversation of building national identities.  Teachers will be able to implement themes presented in this workshop into their standards based lesson plans.

Teachers will be led by an expert group of scholars who will provide the historic and social context to explain how different Latin American cultures have developed since gaining their independence.  Participants will also be exposed to some current socio-cultural issues facing Latin American countries.  In addition to content related sessions, the 10-day seminar will include curriculum development workshops.  Teachers will first look at the curriculum implications of the materials presented by the scholars.  They will then be guided into the development of the curriculum materials and lesson plans that improve reading, writing, analyzing, synthesizing and communication skills.

Online Registration

4 LAUSD multicultural general salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units.  Most suitable for middle school and high school history and social studies teachers.  The seminar fee of $150 includes registration, accreditation, parking, refreshments and educational materials.

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