Summer Institute 2018 for K12 Educators: Café con Azucar: Commodity production, trade, and power in the Middle East and Latin America

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Organizing Institution: Hagop Kevorkian Center, New York University
Start Date: August 6, 2018
End Date: August 10, 2018
Hagop Kevorkian Center

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This year’s Kevorkian Summer Institute for Teachers, co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, will focus on the topics of commodity production, networks of trade, and political power in the Middle East and Latin America. Both historical and contemporary in nature, the institute will tackle broader themes of imperialism, state-formation, labor, modern culture, and global capitalism by tracing commodities that are produced and traded in these regions. Doing so facilitates a transnational understanding of how these regions and societies evolved. Rather than seeing these geographically disparate regions as separate from one another, a multi-sited and multi-scalar analysis of commodities will uncover the interconnections between Latin America and the Middle East.

Lead Instructor:
Peter Valenti. He has been teaching in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies since 1999, over ten of those years here at NYU including graduate courses on how to teach the Middle East in high school for the Social Studies Education program in NYU Steinhardt. He has specialized in the socioeconomic and political history of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, as well as pursuing research in state-building in Iraq, Islamist movements, and Islamic and Arabic literature. As part of his professional career he has lived and conducted research in a variety of countries throughout the Middle East, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. In addition to his academic work, Valenti has worked in a variety of editorial and media positions, contributing to the New York TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, NPR and World Press Review.

CTLE Hours:
This Summer Institute is offered for 30 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hours approved by New York State Education Department.

Registration opens June 4, 2018.

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