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Do you teach about global cultures or world events in your classroom? If so, this podcast for you! What Teachers Need to Know offers vital insight for understanding current events, history, global cultures, and social issues, so that you can facilitate deeper learning about a particular region with your students. Meet subject-matter experts and explore online resources that can help make this information accessible for K-12 classrooms. Together, we can prepare the next generation to be infor ...
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Africa has long been associated with disease and illness, at the expense of widespread recognition of the continent’s history with healing and medicine. Reports of malaria, yellow fever, ebola, and HIV from travelers, colonial personnel, and contemporary media have long eclipsed an understanding of the continent’s contributions to health and scienc…
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Museums make the world of human creativity and expressiveness accessible to the public. It is through curation and display that museums play an important role in constructing meaning and understanding of Africa’s histories, societies, and belief systems. Throughout Europe and the United States, there are museums exhibiting material culture originat…
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The study of Africa is not limited to one continent. Africa itself is entwined with the rest of the world through politics, cultures, foodways, and technologies. Also, over the course of centuries, African and African descendant people have taken root around the world. The story of the African diaspora intersects with the history and legacy of slav…
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In this episode, we explore the vastness of Nubian history while also examining the racial politics of knowledge and memory. We focus on the way Nubia has been misunderstood and how classrooms can be sites where Africa’s ancient civilizations can be remembered and appreciated in renewed and dynamic ways.…
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In the aftermath of violence and oppression, nations face the dilemma of confronting past suffering while also rebuilding and preventing future injustice. There is no formula for avoiding vengeance, soliciting forgiveness, and exacting truth and justice. However, recent history offers examples of societies that have navigated these quandaries. In t…
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There are over fifty cities throughout Africa with a population of more than one million inhabitants. However, urban spaces tend to be left out of America's collective imagination of the continent. Cities are cosmopolitan places where ideas circulate, people mix and mingle, trends are set, and influences of innumerable origins meld together. In thi…
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Climate change, habitat loss, and the endangerment of wildlife has brought about international interventions and conservation efforts throughout Africa. However, policies and programs are not without their problems. Throughout Africa, questions of environmental and climate justice are raised when communal lifestyles are threatened by initiatives th…
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In the larger context of development in Africa, often criticized for its colonial underpinnings, African women demonstrate resilience and empowerment in ways that often go unrecognized.One visible form of empowerment is where women address community needs as leaders and visionaries. In this episode, we explore the intersection of race, gender, and …
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African decolonization has a complex history, involving resistance against and liberation from European colonial subjugation. In this episode, we examine the political and cultural interplay between race, resistance, and decolonization across Africa while considering ways to teach about racism in classrooms today.Episode Acknowledgements:Thanks to …
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Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
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Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
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Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
  continue reading
 
Participation in democratic society takes many forms but voting holds a particularly central role in the functioning of U.S. political life. However, as esteemed as this right may be, one constant throughout U.S. history has been the contested nature of access to the ballot. For African Americans, in particular, disenfranchisement and voter suppres…
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Art and culture often intersect with politics and music has been a potent instrument of social movements. In this episode, we explore recent historical and contemporary examples of protest music throughout Africa as musicians and communities turned their creative talents towards anticolonial, antiapartheid, and anti-corruption campaigns.…
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Episode Acknowledgements Special thanks to the Qatar Foundation International, which provided the seed funding and support to develop and launch this podcast and to produce this episode.Thanks to Nawal Nasrallah for generously sharing her expertise in this episode. Featured Music“Kim Arar,” by Wind of Anatolia, from the album Live at the 2014 Golde…
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Jerusalem is a city that has captivated the imagination and devotion of people for thousands of years. Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, a rabbi and Wheaton College professor of religion, illuminates the connections between each of the Abrahamic traditions and the historical and theological ties grounding them in Jerusalem. Learn more at www.primarysource.o…
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Naghmeh Sohrabi of Brandeis University unpacks the rise of nationalism in the Middle East, highlighting contending visions of national ideology while offering a reminder that nationhood was not always a foregone conclusion across the region.Music Credits:“Kim Arar,” by Wind of Anatolia (with permission“Line Exchange,” by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC…
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Dr. Muhamed Almaliky, a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, joins us to discuss what Iraq's 2018 parliamentary elections suggest about voters' wishes for Iraq moving forward, while Nicholas Ristaino, a high school teacher in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, explains approaches for cultivating an …
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Nadya Hajj, a political scientist from Wellesley College, and Rachel Barker, a middle school social studies teacher in Wayland, Massachusetts join us to discuss the many lessons we can learn from refugees. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/for-teachers/podcasts.Music Credits:“Kim Arar,” by Wind of Anatolia, with permission“Last Lights,” by Blue D…
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Betty Anderson of Boston University explains the pressures and hopes that have motivated Arab youth to speak out for change in the past and at present. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusic Credits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia, with permission“Too Far Gone” by Ryan Little (CC BY-NC 4.0)“Valley of Shadows” by Ryan Little (CC BY-NC 4.0)…
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Steven Caton of Harvard University breaks down the civil war, famine, and water crisis in Yemen. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusic Credits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia, with permission"Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0)"Szaree" by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0)"Temporal Slip" by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0)"The Tel…
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Ali Asani of Harvard University explores the diversity of ideology and practice within Islam. We also talk with Rachel Otty, a public high school history teacher in Cambridge, MA, about why and how she teaches religious literacy. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusic Credits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia (with permission)"Cicle Ariel" …
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David Siddhartha Patel of Brandeis University explains the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including how this rivalry is playing out in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Qatar. For more information visit www.primarysource.org/podcastsCredits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia (with permission)"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY…
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Peter Krause of Boston College breaks down the crisis in Syria and shares strategies for teaching about Syria in the K-12 classroom. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusic credits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia"White Filament" by Blue Dot Sessions"Stillness" by Blue Dot Sessions"Drone Pine" by Blue Dot Sessions"White Limit" by Blue Dot S…
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Hussein Rashid of Barnard / Columbia discusses the importance of thinking critically about news, information, and stories relating to the Middle East. We also highlight five activities you can do to promote media literacy in your classrooms. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusic credits:"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia"Sueur" by Monplaisi…
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Why do some Middle Eastern women wear headscarves or full-body coverings? The answers might just surprise you. Joining us are Barbara Petzen, Director of Middle East Connections, who explains the social, political, and economic reasons for veiling, and Subheen Razzaqui, a hijab-wearing world history and political science teacher in Newton, Massachu…
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Helping K-12 teachers bring the modern Middle East & North Africa to their classrooms, one topic at a time. Because there’s so much more to the region than conflict. Learn more at www.primarysource.org/podcastsMusics credits:"Last Lights" by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0)"Kim Arar" by Wind of Anatolia (with permission)"The Secret" by Soft and Fur…
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