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Media Alert: UW Bothell holds 'Islam, Gender, and the Middle East in Global Context' Workshop for K-12 Teachers

October 22, 2014
CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461,

Media Alert: UW Bothell holds 'Islam, Gender, and the Middle East in Global Context' Workshop for K-12 Teachers


The American Muslim Research Initiative (AMRI) will hold an interactive workshop to train K-12 teachers on Islam, Gender, and the Middle East in Global Context. K-12 teachers will be introduced to the historical foundations and cultural diversity within the Arab and Islamic worlds, the role of Islamic politics in current world events, and the experiences of women in Islamic cultures. The highlight of the day will be an afternoon panel: Muslim Mothers and Daughters - covering five generations of mothers’ and daughters’ experience in the K-12 educational system in the Pacific Northwest. They will discuss the stereotypes and challenges they face in school and in their communities.

A few spaces are still available. The workshop is free and open to all interested teachers and community educators. A complementary Middle Eastern lunch will be provided, along with a number of teaching activities and resources. Five (5) clock hours available. Register

Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

University of Washington Bothell
North Creek Events Center
18815 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-
Map of the University of Washington Bothell

This workshop will be co-led by Professor Karam Dana (UW Bothell) and Professor Therese Saliba (Evergreen State College).

According to a 2010 Pew Research survey, most Americans say they know little about the Muslim religion and its practices, and about the Middle East as a significant region in the world. This day-long workshop is designed for K-12 teachers to promote cultural competency in teaching on the Arab world and Islam, as they relate to questions of gender and contemporary politics of the Middle East.

This event is open to the media. Professor Karam Dana is available to discuss the need for this type of training. Please contact Lisa Hall. 425.352.5461

** This workshop is organized and sponsored by the American Muslim Research Initiative (AMRI), and made possible by a Henry Luce Foundation Educational Outreach Grant to The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Co-sponsors include the School of Educational Studies, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the Office of Diversity, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and the Purple Crayon Foundation.