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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.

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