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Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Short Term Seminar to Morocco
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Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Short Term Seminar to Morocco

13 teachers will get the opportunity to participate in a five-week intensive travel study program in Morocco

Lessons on African Diversity: Multiculturalism & Religious Intersections in Morocco

We are pleased to announce that the UCLA African Studies Center (ASC) recently received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Short Term Seminar to Morocco. ASC drawing on the expertise of UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) and in partnership with the Moroccan American Cultural Center Los Angeles (MACCLA) will take 13 teachers from the greater Los Angeles area to Morocco for a five-week intensive travel study program.

Participants in this Moroccan experience will have the unique opportunity to delve deeply into the culture and society that will challenge many of their long-held notions of Africa. ASC will provide teachers with a unique Arabic language and cultural immersion experience for understanding Morocco’s place in North Africa and the greater African continent. They will visit iconic Moroccan cities, such as Fez, Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Tangiers that aptly illustrate the multicultural diversity of the region.

The travel study will consist of Arabic language instruction; comprehensive academic training on Moroccan history, society, and culture; direct personal experience in four Moroccan cities; and specialized curriculum-development workshops. Participants will receive Arabic language instruction within a cultural context that will enrich their learning and provide lasting impact. In addition to daily instruction in Moroccan Arabic and seminars on Moroccan culture and society, the teachers will be enriched by site visits and daily interaction with the local population.

Situating the seminar in Morocco will allow educators to become familiar with a country that confronts their expectations of Africa and encourages comparative analyses of multiculturalism. The seminar itinerary provides a unique juxtaposition of the ancient and the contemporary. At the conclusion of the program, teachers will be able to help students understand contexts and develop perspectives to support a better understanding of contemporary Africa, the processes of globalization, and the long and complex relationships between diverse groups within the region.

Upon return participants will be able to direct students in investigating particular African societies and histories, the histories and cultures of Islam in Africa, the development of the trans-Saharan trade, and alternative models of multiculturalism.

Application deadline for participants is April 17, 2009.

Eligible applicants are:

  1. K-12 educators (teachers, library/media specialists, curriculum coordinators, etc.);
  2. Faculty members who teach modern foreign languages or area studies at the post-secondary level;
  3. Experienced administrators responsible for planning, conducting or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary or post-secondary level.


For more info please contact:
African Studies Center

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