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After a long hiatus, this blog resumes under a new name.  “Seeking the Foreign and Familiar” is an allusion to Kofi Annan’s Nobel prize acceptance speech, in which he said, “We recognize… that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.”

It was an NEH seminar, “Arabic Novels in Translation,” that motivated me to start keeping a blog in the summer of 2010.  I called the blog “Arabic Novels, NPR Stories, and Other Discoveries,” and it became a fun way to capture and share thoughts well beyond the end of the seminar.  Now I’m participating in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, so my focus has shifted a bit.

This weekend finds me in Washington, DC for a symposium in the TGC program.  It’s the first chance for the 70-odd teachers in the program to meet each other after months of learning together and interacting online.  A dozen of us will travel to India on June 30.  Can’t wait to learn more about that trip!

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  1. Stacy Markowitz
    June 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I am in the 2012-2013 cohort and would love to pick your brain. Would you mind emailing me?


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