Current Issues in the Middle East
5 sessions, 10 hours
This popular, ongoing course offers new content each term as participants discuss and analyze the stories behind today’s
headlines. Focusing on the shifting landscape that defines the Middle East in the 21st century, this course will attempt to place modern issues in a historical perspective in an attempt to understand the forces that have influenced current events. Through lectures, readings, films and, occasionally, guest speakers, the instructor will share her unique insights on the region gleaned over a period of more than four decades. Subjects of current interest will include mass migrations, economic disparities, shifting borders, ethnic tensions, conflicting nationalisms, and extremism in the name of religion. U.S. policy as it relates to these issues will also be considered.
Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch is a specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. With a MA degree in Near
Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer and consultant, she has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is featured frequently at scholarly symposia throughout the Washington, DC area, including The World Bank, the World Affairs Council, Georgetown University, and the National Council on US-Arab Relations. Ms. Funsch has led two ILR-sponsored study visits to the Middle East region, including Egypt (2008) and Morocco (2013).
SEN473 Current Issues in the Middle East
4-Digit Number: 7886
Tue, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, 2/13 – 3/13
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40.00 Fee: $99.00 Total: $139.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only