Welcome to the second year of our Open Classroom called “America, Islam, and the Middle East,” co-taught by Rami Khouri and Denis Sullivan. See Syllabus INTL 2200 Fall 2012a.
The class is open to the entire Northeastern community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni. And, it is open to the greater Boston community. We welcome your participation in the presentations and discussions about the various topics we will cover this year. We meet each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 20 West Village F (off of Leon Street) on the Northeastern campus. (See “23F” on this map) Our first class meeting is Tuesday September 11.
Given the revolutionary changes in the Arab world over the past two years, we will have several evenings devoted to the “Arab Spring” (a.k.a., Arab Awakening or Arab Uprisings). We also will focus on America’s involvement in Middle East wars (starting some; avoiding others), peace-making (if any), and economic cooperation. The “Question of Palestine” (and Israel), Iran, Turkey, and Islam in America are other topics we will explore. And the Open Classroom allows for the general audience to pursue topics of their own interest and to respond to the ever-changing political landscape across the Muslim world, especially in the Middle East.
This blog will be updated weekly with the topics to be discussed.
For a look at last year’s Open Classroom, guest speakers’ presentations and video recordings, go here.