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North Africa And Its Neighbors: A Dynamic Global Crossroad

North Africa And Its Neighbors: A Dynamic Global Crossroad

Summer Workshop for Precollegiate Educators. This interdisciplinary seminar, held July 19- July 31, 2008, will underscore the connections between the ongoing, dramatic historical transformations of North Africa from antiquity to the present and the region's interactions with its European, Sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern neighbors.

This exploration of how people in North Africa have responded to international realities such as commerce, migration, and conquest will enhance understanding of the intimate links between global and local history, as well as the pivotal importance of this region in world history.

The workshop titled "North Africa and Its Neighbors" will highlight eight interrelated themes in a manner consistent with the California history, social science, and language framework: the common heritage of Paleolithic societies bordering the Sahara; North Africa and the Roman Empire; the demographic and cultural impact of the Muslim conquests upon North Africa; cross fertilization between North Africa and the African Sahel to 1500; North Africa’s transformation from start of the Iberian Reconquest to colonial rule; the Jews of North Africa; imperialism and anti-colonial nationalism in Francophone Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries; and contemporary North African economic, cultural, and demographic issues, highlighting North African immigration to Europe and the United States. 

Dates: July 19- July 31, 2008; 9am-4 pm daily, excluding weekends except first Saturday.

Online Registration

Teachers receive 4 LAUSD multicultural general salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units. Most suitable to middle school and high school history, social studies, and language arts educators. $150 fee includes accreditation, parking, refreshments, teaching materials, and cultural activities. 

For more information email Jonathan Friedlander,

Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies, the African, European and Eurasian, and Jewish Studies Centers, and the Department of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA. 

UCLA International Institute