News & Events

Chicago Arabic Teachers Council connects Arabic teachers from across Chicago

We are excited to announce the Chicago Arabic Teachers Council, a new partnership between MENA and the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) that will connect university-level educators with K-12 and private school Arabic teachers through a network of support and collaboration. All Chicago-area Arabic teachers are invited to attend the kickoff symposium, “Classroom Practices and Teaching Strategies,” on December 17 here on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

From Damascus to Chicago: MENA Students Produce Documentary on Syrian Refugee Children

MENA is proud to announce that a short documentary by two of our undergraduates, Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman, was published on THE ATLANTIC. The film follows a Syrian refugee family as it transitions to life in Chicago. We follow Akram and Retaj, who are 7 and 10 years old, through a dance class that helps them flourish in their new environment, as well as their parents' journey to find inner resilience to start a new life. You can view the documentary by clicking on the link above.