Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

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Cleveland State University Division of Student Affairs Diversity Council and Middle Eastern Studies Program

The United States and the Middle East: History and Politics

Presented by Dr. Pete Moore

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:30 pmTrinity
Trinity Cathedral (2230 Euclid Ave.), Room A

An overview of the political and economic relations between the US and the Middle East in recent years with an emphasis on current events


Cleveland State University Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Teaching Assistant Program in France!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Rhodes Tower, Room 502 (Library)

Are you interested in sharing your language and culture with French students and expanding your cultural horizons in France?

Consider applying to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) and become one of the 1,100 Americans who teach in public schools across all regions of France.

You can gain valuable teaching experience and experience French culture first hand. After a year in France, teaching assistants pursue global studies in education, international business, public health, international policy, arts and culture administration, among other fields.

Please come to meet CSU French major Jacob Digman returning from France for information on the program!


An Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

August 14 –24, 2017 || 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Arab-Americans who live in the Greater Cleveland area constitute one of the largest Arab populations in the United States. As the state of political unrest in the Arab World increases, more and more Arabs will continue to arrive in Ohio.


Hungarian Culture Through Film

WLC 293, section 3 Tuesdays/Thursdays, 12:30—1:45 pm

Taught in English

Students will analyze representative Hungarian films and learn about various aspects of Hungarian culture and everyday life in the course of history, and especially in the last ninety years. The emphasis will be on the relations between the individual and society both in everyday, contemporary life and during the most important historical events.

For more information: Dr. Mónika Fodor ( fodor.monika@pte.hu )


Ethnography of Film Industries

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, Room 315

A Lecture presented by Steve Caton, the Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Harvard University

Steven C. Caton is an anthropologist with a focus on the Middle East. He has worked on poetry as a form of political rhetoric in tribal Yemen and is now researching the politics of water scarcity in the Arabian Peninsula. He has also written on film, particularly on the image of T.E. Lawrence. The image is an ideological one, furthering the ends of various political agendas in trans-Atlantic culture. At Harvard, he regularly teaches courses on language and culture; Middle East ethnography; linguistic pragmatics and cultural description; anthropology, cultural studies, and film; and the history of anthropological theory. His books include Peaks of Yemen I Summon: Poetry as Cultural Practice in a Northern Yemeni Tribe, Lawrence of Arabia: a Film's Anthology, and Yemen Chronicle: the Anthropology of War and Mediation.

For more information please contact Dr. Abed el-Rahman Tayyara: a.tayyara@csuohio.edu.


Cultural Crossing Presents:

The Presence and Influence of Hungarian Culture on the American Artistic Scene

With a Presentation and Discussion of the Academy Award winner for best short film “Sing”

Dr. Peter Muller

Fulbright Scholar-University of Pecs

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
CSU Parker Hannifin Hall PH 103

The Influence of Hungarian Culture on the American Artistic Scene Lecture presented by Peter Muller will cover the many Hungarian artists who have contributed to the artistic life in the US including, The architect of the new exhibition site of The MET in New York City; a painter whose work was sold at the Sotheby’s auction last November for $6M; a folk singer who introduces the nine Academy Award winning film, The English Patient; a composer of the opera Angels in America (based on Tony Kushner’s play); a playwright whose play was adapted for the musical Carousel and without whose plays there is no season in the United States; a writer who lived for decades in the US unnoticed as an artist and who has been discovered by the American literary scene at the millennium; a writer who received the America Award in 2014, the Man Booker Prize in 2015; cinematographers of Easy Rider, Ghostbusters, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter etc.


Arab Day

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 || 11:30 am – 2:00 pm


An Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

May 15 – May 25, 2017 || 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Arab-Americans who live in the Greater Cleveland area constitute one of the largest Arab populations in the United States. As the state of political unrest in the Arab World increases, more and more Arabs will continue to arrive in Ohio.