PIER REGIONS African Studies East Asian Studies European Studies Latin AMerican Studies Middle East Studies

Health and Conflict in the Middle East

July 5 - 17, 2009

When Americans turn on the television today, they are barraged with stories and images of conflicts taking place in the Middle East. What are the historical roots of these conflicts and what have they meant for the health and well being of the citizens of the region? Violent conflict between states within the region and on the international arena has been a primary cause of poor health outcomes and high mortality for the peoples of the Middle East. Experts from the fields of public health, Middle Eastern studies, and anthropology will share their expertise during this interdisciplinary week and a half of study on health and conflict. Further, the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to create humanitarian assistance in the region will be explored, with an emphasis on the way programming is planned to achieve positive health and social outcomes. The course is designed to allow educators to gain the ability to teach about the way in which conflict is impacting the everyday lives of citizens of the Middle East. On the last three days, participants will take part in the NCSS-PIER Conference.

Registration fee for the two-week program is $250, and includes all texts and materials.

Sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies, the MacMillan Center, and the U.S. Department of Education through a Title VI National Resource Center grant. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.