World War One in the Balkans and the Middle East

Workshop for College Faculty and Secondary Teachers

World War I was a transformative event in world history, possibly the single greatest catalyst for change on a global scale, marking the end of 19th century institutions and the beginning of a new era. This is especially evident in southeastern Europe and the Middle East, where the war began (Bosnia, Sarajevo assassination, 1914) and ended (Turkey, Treaty of Lausanne, 1923). As we approach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, it is important to prepare our students to participate in the public dialogue about this important period in history.
World War I in the Balkans and the Middle East is a weekend workshop that explores the Great War in the region through the lens of literature and history. The workshop is also a networking opportunity for community college educators to connect with their counterparts teaching at high schools and universities.
Up to 14 Professional Development Hours offered to participants.


Sponsored by the U of A Center for Middle Eastern Studies

4:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 - noon on Sunday, April 7, 2013

Location: University of Arizona, Tucson                                                                 Photo courtesy of Megan Young


Cost: $25 registration fee (after 3/27 - the fee goes up to $30
Includes: all sessions, Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch
To register click here: registration form

Note: Thanks to generous funding from the Arizona Humanities Council, 10 out-of -Tucson community college or high school instructors may receive funding to cover all or most of the travel expenses associated with attending this conference. (First come, first served basis)  SEE BELOW or click on the following link: travel funding form.

Workshop Schedule: (All events in Marshall 490 unless otherwise indicated)

Friday, April 5:

1:00 – 4:30 pm: Participants sign in - Marshall 470 (CMES)

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Keynote Address (Public Session) - co-sponsored by the UA History Department and the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies
"A Personal Narrative from the World War I Serbian Home Front”
Dr. Barbara Kosta (UA German Department)
**Location: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Rm. S212 (1130 N. Mountain Ave.)

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Participant introductions

7:00 – 8:30: Welcoming dinner for attendees and invited guests.


Saturday, April 6:

Note the time change!!

9:00 – 9:50 am:
“The Experience of War: Ordinary Ottomans and Prolonged Conflict” (via videoteleconferencing)
Dr. James Tallon (Lewis University History Department)
10:00 - 10:50 am:
“Balkan Imbroglio, Teenage Assassins, and the Spark that Ignited a World War”
Dr. Lisa Adeli (UA CMES)
11:00 - 11:30 am: Morning break/discussion time 
11:30 am – 12:20 pm:
“World War I and the Making of the Modern Middle East”
Dr. Charles D. Smith (UA Middle Eastern and North African Studies)

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Group lunch and networking time

2:00 – 2:50 pm:
“The Effects of World War I on Turkish Literature”
Mehmet Sümer (visiting scholar, UA CMES)
3:00 – 3:50 pm:
“Armenians in Turkish Literature to 1915”
Courtney Dorroll (UA MENAS) and Mehmet Sümer (visiting scholar, UA CMES)

4:00 – 5:00: Participants’ discussion: teachable issues


Sunday, April 7:

9:30 – 10:20 am:
“Lebanon Remembers World War I”
Ziad Abi Chakra (UA History)

10:30 – 11:30 am: Closing discussion, networking, and evaluation


Application for Travel Funding for Community College Faculty

Travel Funding Includes:

  • --hotel accommodations for 2 nights (Marriott – University Park)
  • --$50-150 towards travel expenses (depending on the distance you travel)
  • --$50 food allowance (in addition to the opening dinner and Saturday lunch included in the program)
  • Note: You are still responsible for paying the $25 non-refundable registration fee.

How to Apply

1. Determine your eligibility.

You are eligible to apply for funding if you:

  • --are a college instructor for whom the workshop is relevant to your teaching
  • --live/teach at least 60 miles from the University of Arizona campus   
  • --do NOT plan to retire or leave teaching within the next year or two
  • --teach regularly – Adjunct Faculty WILL be considered  but need to explain in the essay (below) how often and how many courses they teach. 

2. What to submit.

  • --your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information
  • --a  short ( approximately 1-page) essay including what/where you teach and how this workshop will benefit you and your students.

3. Email the application to: by Mar. 20.


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