Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies


Webinar Archive

Holidays and Festivals around the world

Holidays and Festivals Around the World

This 3-part webinar was based on our popular training "Festivals and Holidays Around the World."  This series was geared toward teachers of the 6th grade contemporary world cultures in Texas (others are welcome to tune in, too!). Festivals covered included Baisakhi, Carnaval, Diwali, the Hajj, Maslenitsa and Yom Kippur.

Archives of two of the webinars are available:

Part 1: Ramadan and Baisakhi:

Part 3: Carnival and Maslenitsa:

Bridging the Physical and Human Experiences of Africa

Bridging the Physical and Human Experiences of Africa is a project to improve the abilities of K-12 educators to provide rigorous levels of instruction about Africa, aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

Webinar 1: Trans Saharan Trade and the Spread of Islam into sub-Saharan Africa
presenter: Christopher Rose, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin 

What economic and social forces led people to first cross the Sahara, and what technical innovations did it require? (Hint: it has four legs and a hump). We'll talk about the origins of Trans-Saharan trade, and Islam's impact on the human geography of sub-Saharan Africa.

Archived recording:

Webinar #2: Africa's Infectious Disease Ecology
Presenter: Nikki Williams

Why does the African continent seem to carry a disproportionate amount of the world's infectious disease burden? Disease transmission requires interaction among population, environment, and behavioral factors. We will investigate past and present determinants contributing to the prevalence of cholera, schistosomiasis, ebola, malaria, and other diseases endemic throughout Africa.

Archived recording:

Introduction to the Middle East

Intro to Mid East Webinar #1 (January 31, 2013)

This webinar introduced the southwest Asia / North Africa region and discussed why the region is popularly known as "The Middle East."  It looked at the demographics of the region, and discussed some of the social and political pressures that led to the Arab Spring.

Click here to access the archived recording of the Webinar.

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Intro to Mid East Webinar #2: (February 14, 2013)

This webinar divided the Middle East into seven smaller cultural sub-regions and discussed the history and unique features of each.

Click here to access the archived recording of the webinar.

The PowerPoint (with notes!) can be downloaded from here.

Video clips used in the Presentation:

The language videos for Arabic, Persian, and Turkish that were shown can be accessed through the Listen2Learn project at UCLA:
(For the record: UCLA did this on a grant to support the learning of "Islamic languages" - we would love to find something similar for Hebrew; if anyone knows of a good resources, please let us know!)

The Hajj-Ritual of Purity video is on Vimeo and can be downloaded.

Videos that can not be downloaded but are worth viewing include:

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