April 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Ping Institute Teacher Workshop | A Global Perspective on Islam, June 15-17

     The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities


A Global Perspective on Islam

June 15-17, 2016

A Summer Institute for Teachers

Ohio University  •  Athens, Ohio

Islam continues to dominate global headlines from the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.  But what is Islam, what forms has it taken historically and globally, and how can we begin to talk about it with our students?  This Summer Institute for Teachers focuses on these questions.  Participants will examine the history and cultural diversity of Islam, explore different manifestations of Islam in one particularly complex geographical region (Africa), and consider Islam in recent fiction.  The reading for the Institute will be Muslim Societies in African History by David Robinson and Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad in addition to on-line resources.

Institute Leaders:

Loren Lybarger is a professor in the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University.  He is the author of Identity and Religion in Palestine: The Struggle Between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories (Princeton, 2007) and numerous article and reviews.

Linda Rice is a professor in the Department of English at Ohio University and a fellow of the Ping Institute.  She is the author of What Was It Like? Teaching History and Culture Through Young Adult Literature (2006) and Exploring African Life and Literature: Novel Guides to Promote and Socially Responsive Learning (2007) with J. Glasgow.

Assan Sarr is a professor in the Department of History at Ohio University and a fellow of the Ping Institute.  He is on the advisory board of the NEH-funded Slave Biographies Project based at Michigan State University and is affiliated with OU’s African Studies Program.


Wednesday, June 15th 

Morning session, Introduction to Islam                                         9:30 – 12:00

Lunch on your own                                                                          12:00 – 1:30

Afternoon session, Discussion of Bookseller Of Kabul                  1:30 – 3:30

Dinner together                                                                                  5:30 – 7:00

Screening of film “Under One Sky” and discussion                      7:00 – 9:00


Thursday, June 16th

Morning session, Islam in Africa                                                       9:30 – 12:00

Lunch on your own                                                                            12:00 – 1:30

Afternoon session, Panel discussion                                                1:30 – 3:30

Dinner on your own                                                                             5:30 – 7:00

Film (TBA)                                                                                               7:00 – 9:00


Friday, June 17th

Summing up and evaluation                                                              9:30 – 12:00

Lunch on your own and departure


Enrollment is limited to 15 teachers on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Institute will be free of charge.  Housing will be paid for by the participants.  A block of rooms is available for individual reservation and payment at the Ohio University Inn for a special rate of $99.95 + tax per night (June 15th & 16th), and must be reserved by Sunday, May 15th, for the discounted rate.  To make a reservation call 740-593-6661 and ask for a room with the Ping Institute on June 15th and 16th.

To register, send an email to Ping Workshop Coordinator Bryan Baur at  Please be sure to include your name, school, home address (street, city, state, and zip), and your email.

Deadline to register is May 25, 2016


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