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Professors Awarded Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant

  Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Professors Diana Obeid and Hussam Timani were awarded a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to hold a one-day symposium on the Middle East on October 29, 2016 at Christopher Newport University.

The purpose of the program, which is catered to K–12 teachers in Hampton Roads, is to inform area educators on Middle Eastern cultures and societies. “Informing our educators on issues related to the Middle East will help them communicate accurate and important information in the class and understand the culture of the growing Middle Eastern and North African communities in the Hampton Roads area,” Obeid says. “Newport News is home to refugees from Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa whose children attend our area schools.”

In collaboration with the UNICEF, a photo exhibition titled “LAHZA 2: 500 cameras to 500 displaced children from Syria in Lebanon” will also take place from October 29 to November 5.

Obeid teaches Arabic in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, while Timani specializes in Islamic and interfaith studies in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department. They are co-directors of the minor in Middle Eastern and North African studies.


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