Possible topics include:
- Country Specific Themes (i.e. Iran, Iraq, Egypt etc.)
- Islam and Religions of the Region
- Conflict and Resolution
- Holidays (Religious and State)
- Health Care
- The Ancient Middle East
Would your class or community group like to have a guest speaker address issues related to the Middle East? When possible, CMES will arrange for a University of Arizona student (from a Middle Eastern country or an American expert in Middle Eastern Studies), UA faculty member, or a visiting scholar to give a guest lecture to K-12 and post-secondary classes or to community groups.
If you want to arrange a speaker for your class or group, email Julie Ellison-Speight - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Below are descriptions of a few of our speakers, our 2018-2019 "Outreach Scholars." These are students with extensive experience in the Middle East who give talks on behalf of CMES.
Ida (Zeinab) Sami is a doctoral student in Arid Land Resource Sciences. She comes from the northwest of Iran, so her native language is Azerbaijani, not Persian. She could talk about ecological issues in the Middle East as well as the diverse cultures of Iran.
Zaniar Ardalan, a graduate student in Systems and Industrial Engineering, is a Kurd from Iran. He could speak about the Kurdish people/culture or about cultural diversity in the Middle East.
Islam Shaban, from Egypt, is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering. He would be happy totalk about his country, including the transformation that it has undergone since the Arab Srping.