A one-day seminar in teaching Medieval and Islamic cultures
in the Secondary schools led by:
Dr. Adnan Husain
Department of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University
Dr. Husain is a comparative and cultural historian of the Middle East and Europe during the Middle Ages. His focus is on cross-cultural contact and encounters between Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as comparative religious movements, especially mysticism and apocalyptic or messianic traditions. He is currently working on a book entitled, Inter-confessional Encounters: Self and History in Late Medieval Religious Identities.
Dr. Anita Obermeier
Department of English, University of New Mexico
Author of The History and Anatomy of Auctorial Self-Criticism in the European Middle Ages and of numerous articles on Chaucer and medieval poetry, Dr. Obermeier teaches the range of medieval literature from Beowulf to medieval drama to Chaucer.
Dr. Cynthia Robinson
Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico
As a member of both the Middle Eastern Studies Association and the Historians of Islamic Art, Dr. Robinson has published and lectured widely on Islamic art and literature. She has prepared an electronic text for secondary school teachers entitled The Visual Culture of al-Andalus.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2001
ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
BOBO ROOM, HODGIN HALL
08:00 - 09:00 Morning Coffee
09:00 - 10:15 Lecture: "Islam and Europe: Cultural Contacts and Connections"
Professor Adnan Husain
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Lecture: "The Matter of Araby in Chaucer and Medieval Poetry"
Professor Anita Obermeier
12:00 - 01:15 Hosted Lunch
01:15 - 02:30 Slide Lecture: "Islam's Artistic Legacy in Europe"
Professor Cynthia Robinson
02:30 - 02:45 Break
02:45 - 03:30 Workshop and Panel Discussion: "Strategies for Teaching Islamic and
Medieval European Culture in the Secondary Schools."
Panelists: Leslie Donovan, Adnan Husain, Jack Nuzum, Anita Obermeier,
Cynthia Robinson, Jay Rubenstein, Francesca Tuoni.
Sponsored in part by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities