Full course description
About This Course:
Building on the race course, this To Be Welcoming course focuses on bias and the experiences of Middle Eastern peoples in the United States. Here, we engage how different biases affect the economic, social, and cultural experiences of people who identify as Middle Eastern. We begin with key terms like Arab and Middle East, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by exploring key issues facing Middle Eastern people in America. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on Arab/Middle Eastern bias and considering appropriate responses.
Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To be Welcoming: Foundational Course and TBW 200 Welcoming Dialogue on Racial Bias. These courses will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.<
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Souad Ali
Founding Chair, ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies Head of Middle Eastern and Classics Studies Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies - School of International Letters and Cultures Arizona State University
Professor Souad T. Ali is head of Classics and Middle Eastern studies, founding chair of the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies; coordinator of Arabic Studies; associate professor of Arabic literature and Middle Eastern/Islamic studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC). She is simultaneously an affiliate graduate faculty member in English, women and gender studies, religious studies, and justice and social inquiry; as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, African and African-American studies, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Institute for Humanities Research, and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A Fulbright scholar with international recognition, Professor Ali is the author of several books and numerous articles. She is the recipient of the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and other Awards.