Emily Gottreich, Professor

Closed (1) Center for Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Apprenticeship

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) seeks qualified and enthusiastic apprentices to assist in running several simultaneous events and initiatives as part of its mandate as a federal Title VI National Resource Center dedicated to the promotion of scholarly knowledge about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a National Resource Center, the CMES supports language instruction in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Hebrew, k-12 teacher training, faculty research, community outreach, and area studies pertaining to the Middle East throughout campus. It also hosts lectures by distinguished visitors, films, conferences, and other events on a regular basis. This URAP position provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to develop skills, contacts, and perspectives on the MENA region and the various campus departments that engage with it intellectually. Apprentices will work closely with CMES Outreach Director, Lydia Kiesling, and Administrative Coordinator, Amber Zambelli, as well as undergraduate administrative assistants and the CMES Graduate Intern in conducting events and programs.

Assist in setup and staffing of CMES events;
Serve as undergraduate student ambassador to CMES events and liaison to Berkeley undergraduate community, solicit and curate ideas for future programming;
Research student organizations and course offerings for targeted invitations and cross-publicity for CMES activities;
Coordinate with undergraduate apprentices in preparation and implementation of Cal Day activities;
Assist with management of CMES social media presence;
Research topics pertaining to CMES events, visitors, and affiliated faculty scholarship

Specific examples of current opportunities for research with CMES include:
An emerging working group dedicated to the study of sustainability and topics of climate change and environmental conservation within the MENA region;
A refugee and slum health film series and accompanying programming, developed in conjunction with colleagues at the School of Public Health;
Curation of an art exhibition to be held in conjunction with a symposium on cultural heritage destruction



Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Amber Zambelli, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Interest in and/or knowledge of the Middle East/North Africa; MES majors, minors, and concentrators, or those with knowledge of a language of the region preferred; Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills; Strong written and interpersonal communication skills; Pre-existing involvement in ASUC/community organizations intersecting with MENA region desirable but not essential; Experience with graphic design or art practice/management desirable, but not essential

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: http://cmes.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Jewish Morocco: From Pre-Islamic to Post-Colonial times

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

Research support for last stages of manuscript production for publication. Book concerns Moroccan Jewish history from Pre-Islamic to Post-colonial times, with chapters on Judaism and Islam, Berber ethnic identity, sharifism, colonialism, nationalism, and nostalgia/memory.

Student will offer overall support for completion of manuscript, including identifying and preparing historical or other visual images to include in chapters; formatting footnotes and creating a bibliography; verifying some research findings.

Qualifications: Preferred qualifications: Knowledge of North Africa and/or the Middle East, history, Arabic, French, Hebrew. MES and History majors most welcome.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 340 Stephens Hall