The Center sponsors a Faculty Development Seminar every other year. The members of the Seminar travel to an international destination or set of destinations in order to enhance the international dimension of the Grinnell curriculum and individual faculty members' scholarship. Both before and after travel, members of the Seminar meet on a regular basis to discuss and measure curricular and scholarly outcomes.
Spring 2012 Seminar: Gender and Identity in the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa Grinnell faculty from a variety of disciplines are spending the academic year 2010-11 studying the complex issues of gender and identity in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Under the guidance of Professors Susan Ireland (French), Kathy Kamp (Anthropology), and Mervat Youssef (Arabic), these faculty members are reading and discussing a detailed bibliography of scholarly works to prepare for a two-week trip to Egypt, where they will meet with scholars and NGO leaders. Upon return to Grinnell, the faculty members will prepare a series of short courses and a film series for 2011-12, to share their knowledge with the members of the Grinnell College community. The seminar builds upon interest at Grinnell in Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic history, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.
Previous Faculty Development Seminars:
- Turkey as the Cultural Crossroads of Europe and Asia, Spring 2009
- Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Summer 2006
- Japan (cosponsored by the Freeman Foundation), Spring/Summer 2005
- Southern Africa, Summer 2004
- China, Summer 2002