Organizing Institution: Georgetown University
Start Date: August 7, 2017
End Date: August 11, 2017
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies: 241 Intercultural Center
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20057-1020 United States
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Description from Georgetown’s website:
The Summer Teacher Institute 2017 will focus on the cultures of food, growing food and issues of sustaining agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa in the face of water use and climate change. The institute will explore the topic from many angles, including the history of food culture and agriculture in the region, the aesthetics of enjoying food and growing it in formal gardens and in the agricultural landscape, as well as the transformation of agriculture under colonial rule and in post-independence development states to today. Domestic consumption and global trade in food will be considered along with the globally shared issues of water use and sustainability of food production and consumption, diet and health, and the resilience of the rich and diverse cultures of cuisine in the region and its global influence over time. The experts and resource materials will provide, as always, perspectives and tools for incorporating an oft-neglected topic into your teaching.