2014 Summer Institute: Making the Modern Middle East

Making the Modern Middle East: World War I and its Aftermath

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About the Institute

Friday, June 27- Sunday, June 29, 2014rsz_1maude_in_baghdad
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Portland State University
Neuberger Hall, room 350 (see map here)
724 SW Harrison

World War I was possibly the single greatest catalyst for change on a global scale in world history. This transformative event marked the end of 19th century institutions and the beginning of a new era. The war’s impact on the Middle East was profound, as the Ottoman Empire gave way to a European colonial project that completely changed the shape of the region. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, it is important to prepare ourselves and our students to participate in the public dialogue about this important period in history.

Making the Modern Middle East: World War I and its Aftermath is a weekend workshop that explores the Great War in the region through the lens of literature, art, and history. Participants will learn about the War from scholars and experts in the field and receive valuable resources to support teaching about WWI and the Middle East in their classrooms.


Registration is now open!
This workshop is free.  To register, click here.


1-2 optional credits are available through Portland State University Continuing Education Department in the Graduate School of Education.  All participants will receive up to 21 Professional Development Units.

To register to receive credit for the Institute, you must set up a PSU student account (follow these instructions) and submit to the Middle East Studies Center the CEED registration form (either via email or bring it with you on the first day of the workshop).  Participants will be billed online at $55.00 p/credit.  If you’d like two credits, you will register for two different classes of 1 credit each.

Sum 2014  |  9A1T – 011  |  CI 410/810  |  1 credit  |  Teaching about the Middle East
Schedule:  Fri 9am-5pm Jun 27, Sun 9am-12pm Jun 29

Sum 2014  |  9A1T – 012  |  CI 410/810  |  1 credit  |  Teaching about the Middle East
Schedule:  Sat 9am-5pm Jun 27, Sun 1-4pm Jun 29

This course is ONLY offered for a grade.  You may not register pass/fail

View syllabus here.


Getting here

  • Information on travel to campus and getting around Portland is found here.
  • For information about parking on campus, click here.


Participants have the option of staying at the University Place Hotel at a discounted rate for the duration of the workshop.


1 person—$90.00 per night
2 people—$45.00 per night per person

You may request lodging on the registration form.


Friday, June 27

8:30 am—Registration and breakfast
9:00-9:30 am—Welcome and opening remarks
9:30-11:00 am—The Middle East on the Eve of WWI, James Grehan, Associate Professor of History & Director of Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University
11:15-12:30 pm–The Formation of the Contemporary Middle East, part I, Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University
12:30-1:00 pm–Break for Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm–The Formation of the Contemporary Middle East, part II, Joel Beinin, Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University
3:15-4:45–The Great War in Europe, Victoria Belco, Associate Professor of History, Portland State University
5:00: Drinks and Debrief, Happy Hour at Rogue Brewery, 1717 SW Park Ave

Saturday, June 28

9:00-10:30 am—WWI in Photographs, Patricia Goldsworthy Bishop, Assistant Professor of History, Western Oregon University
10:45 am-12:15 pm—Teaching with Lawrence of Arabia, Jordan Sudermann, Social Studies Teacher, Lincoln High School
12:15-1:00 pm—Break for Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm—World War I and Today’s Middle East: The End of the Client State Era?, Charles D. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Middle East and North African Studies, University of Arizona
2:45-4:15 pm—Resources for Teaching about WWI  & the Middle East, Elisheva Cohen, Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University; Ian Park, St. Mary’s Academy; Jeremy Reinholt, Grant High School; Sarah Segal, Hood River Middle School.

Sunday, June 29

9:00 am—Breakfast
9:15 am-12:00 pm—Group Work: Making the Modern Middle East–Case Studies, Elisheva Cohen, Outreach Coordinator, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University
12:00-1:00 pm—Break for Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm—Presentations and closing session


Elisheva Cohen, Outreach Coordinator
Middle East Studies Center
Portland State University
PO Box 751 – MESC
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Tel: 503-725-4074
Fax: 503-725-5320


Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1970, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1974, and his A.M.L.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1978 and 1982. He also studied at the American University of Cairo and and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Beinin has taught Middle East history at Stanford University since 1983. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. His research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa; co-edited with Frédéric Vairel (Stanford University Press, forthcoming, May 2011) and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010). His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The NationMiddle East ReportThe Los Angeles TimesThe San Francisco ChronicleLe Monde Diplomatique, and others.

Victoria Belco is an Associate professor of History at PSU, where she has taught since 2004. She has both a JD and PhD (in Late Modern European History) from the University of California, Berkeley, and she worked as a Federal Public Defender in San Francisco before attending graduate school. Her research interests center on 20th century Italy. Her 2010 book, War, Massacre, and Recovery in Central Italy, 1943-1948, treats the WWII experience in Italy, and the social and political transition from war to peace and from Fascism to democracy. Her current research (funded in part by a Fulbright Research grant) examines crime and society in Fascist Italy.

Victoria has taught WWI in Europe multiple times, both as part of survey courses on 20th century Europe, and as 400-level reading colloquia and research seminars.

Elisheva Cohen is the Outreach Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University. She holds a Masters Degree in International Education and Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and Bachelors Degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in Middle Eastern Studies and Hebrew Literature, respectively.  She has lived, studied, and traveled throughout the Middle East in countries including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco.

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop is Assistant Professor of Transnational Europe and Middle East History at Western Oregon University. She earned her PhD from University of California, Irvine in 2009, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her research explores the intersection of visual culture and imperialism in the Maghreb. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Colonial Negatives that examines the history of the making and circulation of images in Sharifian and French Morocco and analyzes the ways in which photography both supported and hindered the ideologies of the French colonial empire. She has articles forthcoming in the Journal of North African Studies and the edited volume Flash: The Art and History of News Pictures, and has published in the Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture.

James Grehan is Professor of History and Middle East Studies Center Director at Portland State University. He teaches courses on the history of the early modern and modern Middle East (since 1500), world history, Ottoman history, early modern and modern Islam, and popular culture & popular religion.

Ian Park received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon where he focused on the Middle East. Following his graduation, he traveled through the Middle East and South East Asia teaching English. Through this experience he found his calling as a teacher. He completed his M.A in teaching and currently teaches World History at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland.

Jeremy Reinholt is a social studies teacher at Grant High School in NE Portland. Before returning to his native Portland, Jeremy taught English in Japan for two years. He is on the Board of Advisors for the World Affairs Council of Oregon

Sarah Segal is a middle school teacher in Hood River, Oregon.  As a 2013-2014 US Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow her outreach focus is historical injustices and modern political response.  Sarah’s interests stem from travels to regions of conflict, including China, Guatemala, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, and beyond.  Sarah is also on the board of the Oregon Council for the Social Studies and the 2013 Robert H. Jackson National Teaching Justice Award recipient.

Charles D. Smith is professor emeritus of Middle East history in the School of Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona where he served as department head and director of graduate studies. A former Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, he was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982 and was president of the American Research Center in Egypt, 1996-1999.

Among his publications are Islam and the Search for Social Order in Modern Egypt, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 8th edition 2012,, and with co-author Julia Clancy-Smith, The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents (2013) which received the 2013 Middle East Studies Association book award for the best book on undergraduate education.

Jordan Sudermann teaches history at Lincoln High School with a strong focus on the Middle East.  He holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and an MEd from Portland State University.



For resources and teaching materials from the workshop, please click here.