On October 20th, the Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies (CERIS) hosted a professional development workshop for community college faculty, along with a few high school social studies teachers, called Global Islam. This one-day workshop featured Cornell and Ithaca College expertise from a range of disciplines and world areas, and was an opportunity for educators to expand their knowledge on Islam, and Muslim societies around the world.
Professor Eric Tagliacozzo (History) presented on Southeast Asians' pilgrimage to Mecca, Professor Muna Ndulo (Law) discussed his work on Human Rights, Islam, and the Somalia constitution, and Professor Tom Pepinsky (Government) presented Democracy in the Muslim World: The Indonesian Model and the Arab Spring. Ithaca College History Professor, Jason Freitag, gave a talk titled "Islam in South Asia: Culture and Cooperation."
In addition to faculty presentations, the Indian novelist Sorraya Khan read from her book Five Queens Road, and community members Jing Carlson and Sarwat Ismail discussed the Women's Roles and Rights in Muslim Societies based on their personal experiences. The workshop wended with a tour of the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library by Eric Kofi Acree.
This workshop was organized by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Southeast Asia Program, the South Asia Program, the East Asia Program, and the Institute for African Development, the Latin American Studies Program, the American Institute for Indonesian Studies and the Comparative Muslim Societies Program, and was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.