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2021 CATC Arabic Pedagogy Conference: Building an Arabic Language Ecosystem
The Chicago Arabic Teachers Council (CATC) invites you to participate in our annual conference, which will focus on connecting Arabic language classrooms to the wider world. Panel sessions will showcase opportunities for Arabic instructors to collaborate with local and international communities to enrich their teaching. Overall, the conference will ask how we can strengthen the network between Arabic-language classrooms, educational organizations, and the Arabic-speaking world. Attendees will receive certificates of participation and Illinois CPDU credits are available upon request.

The CATC is generously supported by Qatar Foundation International and is hosted by the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies.


Friday, May 21
11:00am – 12:30pm CDT: Keynote lecture by Mohammed Elmeski (Arizona State University)

12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT: Panel Session, “Connecting with Local Communities,” featuring Azar Maluki (Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project), Samira Alhamwi (Syrian Community Network), Sarab Al Ani (Yale University), and moderator Aidan Kaplan (University of Chicago)

Saturday, May 22
10:15am – 11:45am CDT: Panel Session, “Connecting Arabic Students Across Schools,” featuring Tahreem Akhtar (Qatar Foundation International), Fadi Abughoush (Lindblom Math & Science Academy), Iman Hashem (California World Language Project, Occidental College), and moderator Noha Forster (University of Chicago)

12:00pm – 1:30pm CDT: Panel Session, “Connecting with International Communities,” featuring Ronnie Malley (Chicago Public Schools, Global Voices Initiative), Lisa Roberts (STEAMuseum), and moderator Lena Krause (Beacon Academy)

May 21, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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