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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, through at least April 15. UCO will transition to alternative instructional delivery methods from March 28 through the end of the spring semester. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Teaching the Middle East
July 20-24, 2020
University of Central Oklahoma


Monday, July 20

9:00-9:15 am: Check-in and coffee
9:15-9:30: Welcome
9:30-10:30: Lecture on Ancient Israel and Judaism (Shmuel Shepkaru, U. Oklahoma)
10:30-10:45: Break
10:45-11:45: Interactive activity with Dr. Shepkaru
12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00: Lecture on the Hellenistic and Roman Middle East (Scott Johnson, U. Oklahoma)
2:00-2:15: Break
2:30-3:30: Interactive activity with Dr. Johnson
3:30-5:00: Lesson planning


Tuesday, July 21

9:00-10:00 am: Lecture on Islam and the Caliphates (Kate Lang, East Central U.)
10:00-10:15: Break
10:15-11:15: Interactive activity with Dr. Lang
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch on your own
12:30-1:30: Lecture on Christianity in Pre-modern Middle East (Thomas Carlson, Oklahoma State U.)
1:30-2:30: Interactive activity with Dr. Carlson
2:30-2:45: Break
2:45-5:00: Tours of a local synagogue, church, and mosque


Wednesday, July 22

9:00-10:00 am: Lecture on Crusades and Mongols (Michael Springer, U. Central Oklahoma)
10:00-10:15: Break
10:15-11:15: Interactive activity with Dr. Springer
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch on your own
12:30-1:30: Lecture on the Ottoman Empire (James Tallon, Lewis U.)
12:30-12:45: Break
12:45-1:45: Interactive activity with Dr. Tallon
1:45-2:00: Break
2:00-5:00: Film screening: “The Sultan & the Saint” with Bill Full, OEF


Thursday, July 23

9:00-10:00 am: Lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Husam Mohamed, U. Central Oklahoma)
10:00-10:15: Break
10:15-11:15: Interactive activity with Dr. Mohamed
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own
12:30-1:30: Lecture on Modern Iran (James Clark, U. Nebraska at Omaha)
1:30-1:45: Break
1:45-2:45: Interactive activity with Dr. Clark
2:45-3:00: Break
3:00-3:45: Travel to Norman
4:00-5:00: Visit the Farzaneh Family Center for Persian Gulf and Iranian Studies at OU
5:00-6:00: Return to Edmond


Friday, July 24

9:00-10:00: Lecture on Terrorism in the Middle East (Nathan French, Miami U. of Ohio)
10:00-10:15: Break
10:15-11:15: Interactive activity with Dr. French
11:15-11:30: Break
11:30-12:30: Concluding discussion
12:30-2:00: Working lunch and presentation of lesson plans

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