News and Events
Model Arab League club wins awards at conference
February 17, 2013 – Houston, TX - Two UALR students took home awards at this year’s annual Bilateral Model Arab League Conference held at the University of Houston. Hamza Arshad – senior Philosophy major, and Miguel Lopez – junior International Studies major and Middle Eastern Studies minor, were both awarded Outstanding Delegate for their representation of Sudan in the Joint Defense Council.
“I thank the dedication and hard work of the International Simulations Association’s advisors and administrators for creating an environment for students like me to achieve,” said Arshad, who is also the student president of the organization. “Participating in conferences like this one in Houston really helps students in public speaking and learning about international issues.”
Arshad and Lopez were part of a team of 13 students sent to compete at the conference. The team consisted of members of the International Simulations Association - a student organization at UALR. In addition to representing Sudan, the team also represented the country of Somalia at the conference, which was hosted jointly by the National Council on US-Arab Relations and the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
The International Simulations Association regularly competes in Model United Nations and Model Arab League conferences throughout the school year, as well as hosting a conference at UALR for local high and regional high schools.
The organization is now preparing for the national conference held in Washington D.C. in April.
For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Rebecca Glazier at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 501-569-3331.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Thomsen
Photos courtesy of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Middle Eastern Studies professor represents program in Saudi Arabia
January 6, 2013 - Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Dr. Clea Bunch, Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies faculty member, attended the first academic conference of Saudi Scientific Chairs and Centers. Other attendees were from Middle East and Islamic Studies programs at University of Southern California, Harvard, Cambridge, University of Bologna, University of London, Moscow University and King Saud University. While there, Dr. Bunch was greeted by the Minister of Higher Education and received an audience with Prince Salman bin Abdullaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. As a part of the conference, Dr. Bunch delivered a presentation on the work of our Middle East Studies program. As only one of two foreign women in attendance, she had the unique opportunity to meet with women faculty at King Saud University and within the Ministry of Higher Education. The primary focus of the conference was improving communication between our countries and engaging in faculty and student exchanges.
Photos courtesy of Clea Bunch
New MESt course for Spring 2013!
ANTH 4398 03 - Caravans, Suqs, and Ports: Archaeology of Trade in the Ancient Near East
This class looks at the development of complex international trade, global economy and multicultural interactions through archaeological sites and data from the ancient and pre-modern Middle East, Indian Ocean, eastern Mediterranean, and Red Sea areas. Taught by Dr. Krista Lewis. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:50am-12:05pm
Other classes for the MESt minor in Spring 2013:
ANTH 3319 01 Cultures of the Middle East - Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:40pm-2:55pm - Taught by Dr. Krista Lewis
INTS 3321 01 Topics in Modern International Cultures: Islamic Law -Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:30pm - Taught by Murad Elsaidi
POLS 3101 01 Seminar: Model Arab League - Mondays 5:00pm-5:50pm - Taught by Dr. Rebecca Glazier