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LACS–CMENAS Teacher Training Workshop

Jointly sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS), these workshops are organized for 5-14 educators interested in LACS- and MENA-related topics. SCECH credit available.

Global Intersections: Middle Eastern Diaspora and Religion in Latin America

April 17, 2019. 4:00-8:00 pm, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Multi-Purpose Room, 525 S. State St, Ann Arbor | SCECH units available (3 hours)

This workshop will introduce Grade 5-12 teachers (but all are welcome), to the complex issues of Middle Eastern migration to and religions in Latin America, helping participants to contextualize these issues within both regions’ history and current events. The program will contextualize the political, historical, and economic relationship between Latin America and the Middle East, exploring the concepts of diaspora, migration, asylum, and religion, as well as the representation of these themes in art. The workshop will highlight immigrant populations in Latin America and explore the socioeconomic and demographic situations in their home countries that contribute to historical and contemporary migration flows and how this is represented in art, media, and popular discourse. Teachers will leave with a more nuanced understanding of these topics and ideas for how to make stories of migration and religious persecution more approachable for a young audience.

All participants will be eligible to:

  • receive 3 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
  • apply for a curriculum development grant of up to $200 for books and materials. Applications for these grants will be made available to participants after the workshop.

Registration Fee: $20.00


Included in cost: Dinner, coffee and snacks, a full lesson plan and resource guide, and copies of the following books:

  • Lucky Broken Girl, by Ruth Behar
  • An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba, by Ruth Behar (illustrated by Humberto Mayol)
  • So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants in Modern Mexico, by Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp
  • Arabs in the Americas: Interdisciplinary Essays on the Arab Diaspora, by Darcy A. Zabel

For SCECH credits, teachers must bring an additional $10 (payable by cash or check) on the day of the workshop.