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Portland State of Mind: Sport in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 8:30am to Friday, October 12, 2012 - 3:30pm
Portland State of Mind: Sport in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators

Sport in the Middle East: a Workshop for Educators

Through this workshop, educators will:

  • participate in thematic presentations by scholars and experts on the role of sport in Middle Eastern society
  • explore pedagogical strategies to teaching about sport and the Middle East in the classroom
  • receive standards-based resources to support education about the Middle East in the middle and high school classroom

Optional credit available through Portland State University Continuing Education Department in the Graduate School of Education.  Workshops are presented in conjunction with Middle East Studies Center 2012-2013 Film Series: Being Young in the Middle East

This workshop is presented as a part of the Center's annual theme, Global Education through Film.

Friday, October 12, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Stephen Epler Hall, room 108


To register, please fill out the online form.


8:00-8:30—Registration and Breakfast


9:00-10:20—Why Teach about Sport? Dr. Alon Raab

Using film clips, primary sources, and academic studies, this session will encourage participants to consider what sport can teach us about Middle Eastern history and culture.  Dr. Raab will look at a range of topics, including the development of sport in the region, connections to modernity, Islam's role, and how soccer contributed to the Arab Spring

10:35-12:00—Israeli-Palestinian Encounters, Dr. Alon Raab

In this session, participants will look at various encounters between Israelis and Palestinians through the lens of sports and the ways the two people have imagined each other.


1:00-2:30—Muslim Women and Sport, TBD

2:30-3:30—Sport in the Middle East:  Applications for the Classroom, Elisheva Cohen

About the Presenters:

Alon Raab is a native of Jerusalem and teacher Religious Studies at the Univeristy of California, Davis. His classes include Heave and Hell, God adn Satan, Hebrew, The Israeli-Palestinian Encounter and also classes about his true religions of bicycles and soccer.  His writings and editing include The Global Game: Writers on Football (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), Soccer in the MIddle East (Routledge, 2012), four encyclopedia entries including in the Cambridget Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture and The Oxford Handbook of World Sport, and articles and essays in popular academic newspapers and journals on subjects ranging from Jewish mystics to Tarzan in Hebrew and Arab culture and to Middle Eastern peace movements.  

Active in peace and environmental groups since his youth, he is an avid cyclist and a speedy right-winger (but not politically) on the playing pitch.

Elisheva Cohen is the Outreach Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University. In this capacity, she supports education about the Middle East at the K-12 level by running workshops for educators, developing teaching materials, and giving presentations in schools.  She holds a graduate degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University, Teachers College and undergraduate degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Hebrew Literature from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, respectively. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, studies abroad in Egypt and Israel, and has lived and traveled in other countries throughout the region.

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library. | | 503-725-4074.

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