For students in a University of Pennsylvania freshman seminar on the evolution of Penn’s engagement in the study of the Middle East, research involved historic objects and materials close at hand. That's because Penn has a long historical connection to the region.
Blake Harwood first developed a passion to learn languages in high school as a teenager in Highland Park, Ill. when she won a scholarship to study Arabic in Cairo for six weeks in a foreign exchange student program.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.
When Afnaan Moharram finishes her studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December, she wants to combine for-profit work with social change, and, if she can’t find a socially conscience business where she can do that, she wants to eventually start one.
Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, associate director of the International Educational Development Program at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, has earned the Comparative and International Education
After hearing Arab music for the first time at a wedding a couple of years ago, University of Pennsylvania senior Idrees Syed was so enthralled with the sounds that he soon began taking drumming lessons in the Arab Music Ensemble percussion class at Penn.
“The sounds were just mesmerizing,” Syed says.
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