Morocco Regional Area Study
- April 5, 2023
- Posted by: dshefs
- Categories: Ethnographic Field School, Language study, Uncategorized, Workshops
|Offered:||Even years - Spring 2022, Spring 2024|
|Estimated Dates:||Late January to late April|
|Program Focus:||Regional Area Study with Language Component|
|Prerequisites:||Arabic 101, with a 3.0 minimum GPA in the course or completion of Arabic 102. Students must satisfy the Words and Numbers CORE requirement before participating in an overseas program.|
|Housing:||Varies throughout the program|
|Spring 2024 Program Leader:||Štĕpán Šimek Professor of Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-768-7494|
This program focuses on the history, culture, social dynamics, and socio-economic institutions of Morocco. The course of study includes Modern Standard Arabic (prior to departure) and intensive Moroccan Arabic, as well as the diverse religious heritage of the region, Morocco’s distinctive architecture and urban landscape, colonial and postcolonial experiences, modernization and globalization, and women and gender relations. The program is divided between three cities: Marrakesh, Agadir, and Fez. In each city, students take a language course and a content course. During the Marrakesh portion of the program (6 weeks), students take Moroccan Modernity at the Center for Language and Culture (CLC). During the Agadir portion of the program (4 weeks), students take Development and Sustainability in Morocco at Dar Si Hmad (DSH). During the Fez portion of the program, students take Gender and Society in Morocco at the International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC).
CLC: Hazma Weinman – Assistant Director
“I am an American-born English Language teacher and language program coordinator. I started teaching in the United States in 1999 and then moved to Morocco in 2001 where I have been ever since. I taught for 8 years at the American Language Center in Marrakesh and then in 2009 co-founded the Center for Language & Culture, Morocco (CLC). In seven short years, the CLC has developed a wonderful reputation around Marrakesh and now has more than 3200 students. We also run international exchange programs mostly with American-based universities and NGOs. I also have three children that my wife and I are proud to be raising in the Kingdom of Morocco.”
Dar Si Hmad: Jamila Bargach & Maisie Breit
Jamila Bargach is the Director and one of the founders of Dar Si Hmad. An anthropologist by training with a PhD from Rice University, she has taught at University Mohammed V in Rabat and worked at a number of NGOs in Morocco and overseas. Jamila has published several articles on adoption practices, unwed mothers, gender and development as well as the book Orphans of Islam: Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco (2002). She is a lover of the South and truly believes that this region offers unique opportunities for students to learn about Morocco and to discover how applied development projects unfold in specific contexts.
Maisie Breit is the Ethnographic Field School Manager at Dar Si Hmad. Maisie is a New York City native who lived in Paris before moving to Agadir in September, 2016. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in women’s and gender studies and Middle Eastern studies, and first fell in love with Morocco during a semester abroad in Fes in 2008. Maisie returned to Morocco twice to lead programs for the Experiment in International Living, and spent 2014-2016 pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). She is especially passionate about women’s rights, being in the outdoors, hiking, hot yoga, and couscous.
INLAC: Moha Ennaji
Moja Ennaji is one of the founders and the Senior Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Studies. He was head of the English Department at the University of Fez, Morocco, and the Director of Arab Studies at Rutgers University. Moha Ennaji has taught various courses to American students from Rutgers University, Purdue University, William and Mary University, Dartmouth College, and others. He has published extensively on language, gender, and cultural studies with a focus on North Africa. He was also a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Universities of Arizona, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
About the Program Leader: Stepan Simek has been a faculty member at Lewis & Clark College since 2001. Previously, he taught at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Prof. Simek spent five years in Switzerland working as a director and assistant director at various theatres there, including the “Zurich Schauspielhaus.”
In the United States since 1987, Prof. Simek received his MFA in Directing at the University of Washington in 1995. He has directed more than 50 productions both professionally and in college settings in both the United States (Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Portland) and in Europe, translated number of contemporary and classical plays from Czech, German, French, and Russian into English, and adapted several novels for the theatre including Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, Franz Kafka’s early Amerika, and others. His work as a director was honored by the 1996 Drama League of New York with the “Drama League Directing Fellowship,” and his translations of two contemporary Czech plays earned him the 2006 “PEN America Translation Award.” As one of the authorized translators of the body of work of the former Czech President and playwright Vaclav Havel, Prof. Simek continues working on creating new American translations of contemporary European plays, and he has recently completed new translations of Anton Chekhov’s major plays into American English. In addition to teaching, directing in professional and college settings, translating, and adapting, Professor Simek has published numerous articles on the contemporary Czech theatre in the journal of international performance, “TheatreForum,” and the journal of “Slavic and East European Performance”. His translations appeared in several international anthologies. His research interests include contemporary and 20th Century Continental drama and theatre, and modern directors and directing techniques. Recently, Professor Simek embarked on a new research trajectory on the history, traditions, and contemporary practices of the Arab and Islamic theatre.
Check out this video by Molly Brown from the Spring 2017 program!