Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights

Spotlights

Bouziane Zaid-Online Book

Bouziane Zaid, Assistant Professor of Communication at Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented his online book Mapping Digital Media: Morocco at the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators conference in Beirut, Lebanon, October 28 – November 1, 2011. He also presented two papers entitled “A Typology of Moroccan Media System” and “Media Policy in Morocco” at the International Association of Mass Communication Research conference which took place in Istanbul July 13-17; as well as a paper entitled “Reception Analysis of Moroccan Public Service Television Audiences” at the Gulf Research Center at the University of Cambridge on July 5-7, 2011.

Ali Azeriah-banipal2011

Ali Azeriah, Professor at Al Akhawayn University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, published an English translation of the short story "Silence" (As-Samt), written by the Emirati author Basema Younes. The Story is published inBanipal, a London-based magazine of Modern Arab Literature (Banipal 42, Autumn-Winter 2011).

John Shoup-Jack Kalpakian-Connell Monette

John Shoup, Professor of Anthropology: North African and Middle Eastern Studies at Al Akhawayn University, published in October 2011 a book entitledEthnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia. The book also includes contributions from other Al Akhawayn faculty: Dr. Jack Kalpakian and Dr. Connell Monette, in addition to several other writers. The book "contains encyclopedic entries arranged alphabetically within ethno-linguistic classifications. Each entry has four main sections: an introduction identifying the language group, where they are found, and their numbers; a brief discussion of their origins and early history; a section on cultural life that includes religion, literature, social organization, and art; and a final section on political organization and recent history. The contents are appropriate for high school and undergraduate students as well as for experts who need a refresher on groups in Africa and the Middle East," as noted in Amazon. The book will soon be available at Al Akhawayn's Mohamed VI Library. 

Along the same lines, and starting Spring 2012, Al Akhawayn University will launch its new MA in North African and Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to a new minor in African Studies. More information on the program can be found
 here.

Connell Monette-Second International Conference on Reinventing Higher Education

Connell Monette, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, represented Al Akhawayn University in the Second International Conference on Reinventing Higher Education, on October 17-18, 2011 in Madrid. With over fifty specialists in higher education, Dr Monette participated in a panel session on “Current International Developments and Globalization Trends in Higher Education.”

Washington, DC-based Smithsonian Institution's Studies program

A group from the Washington, DC-based Smithsonian Institution's Studies program visited Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane on October 14, 2011. The group visited campus, met with dozens of students, and held meetings with the dean and faculty of the Al Akhawayn University School of Humanities and Social Sciences