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.

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