Northeastern University offers short-term, faculty-led programs to various countries around the world. We call these programs the “Dialogue of Civilizations.” In the Middle East, we have programs in Morocco, Oman, Lebanon, Turkey, and Israel.
Please click here for more information on the Dialogue of Civilizations, or see below for the descriptions and links for the Summer 2016 Middle East and North Africa Dialogues.
The Jordan Dialogue provides students with an in-depth study of Arab and Middle East politics, history, culture, and society, with a special focus on Jordan and through an immersion in Arabic (any level, from beginner to advanced). Students will engage with NU professors, regional experts, guest lecturers, Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and others resident in Jordan. Students also will explore beautiful desert and mountainous landscape as well as a unique political system of critical and strategic importance (to the United States, the Middle East, and beyond). Students receive a weekly stipend to cover travel and meal costs.
Marrakesh, Morocco / Fez, Morocco
As part of Africa and the Arab Middle East, with ties to an ancient and adaptive Amazigh culture, firmly integrated into the Islamic world, and linked to the French colonial past as well as the EU, Morocco offers a unique set of opportunities and experiences for history and international affairs students in general, and those interested in Islam, Multicultural Societies, Imperialism, and Post-Colonial Development in Africa and the Middle East in particular. The Morocco Dialogue Program engages students with the culture, civilization, and people of Morocco: from the ancient capitals of Fez and Marrakesh to the Amazigh villages of the High Atlas Mountains.
Tel Aviv, Israel / Jerusalem, Israel
This program offers a unique insight into one of the most controversial issues and most intractable conflicts in the world—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beginning with the religious histories of Jerusalem, continuing into the villages of the West Bank, and ending on the shores of the Mediterranean, this program offers students the opportunity to meet local politicians, artists, journalists and activists, learn about contrasting national narratives, and explore future prospects for peace and reconciliation in the region. Discover how the conflict affects environmental concerns in the Dead Sea Valley, enjoy home-cooked cuisine with local families, and enjoy bustling and colorful bazaars. With time for discussion, reflection, and fun, join us for this unique program that both explores the complex issues facing Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and celebrates the hospitality and vibrant cultures of its local communities.
Istanbul, Turkey / Berlin, Germany
This dialogue will explore (controversial) issues of politics of the city, religion, gender, sexualities and immigration. We will focus on the Turkish migrant population in Berlin, Germany, in contrast with the accommodation of religion in secular neighborhoods of Istanbul. You will engage with the cities through participant observation, walking tours and conversations with guest speakers, including those from gender, LGBTQ and migration community organizations, as well as through your own chosen interdisciplinary research project.