Contact Information

If you have any questions about the programs offered or would like more information please contact
our IMES Education & Outreach Coordinator
Education-related outreach:  [email protected]

All other outreach programs: [email protected]

Phone: 202-994-7904

Opportunities for Teachers

The Institute for Middle East Studies Outreach Program seeks to provide K-12 educators from metropolitan Washington, DC, with access to resources, scholars, and tools on the Middle East. We hope to assist educators in teaching this important region by moving beyond the headlines to provide an in-depth and interdisciplinary look at the Middle East. 

For information about upcoming (and past) IMES Outreach Teacher Workshops, please visit this link


Institute For Middle East Studies: Outreach Program

Washington DC Summer/Fall 2017 Area Events


Book Discussion: The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, with author Alia Malek

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2 pm

Sackler Pavilion, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

From the Sackler Gallery: "Join us for an afternoon with the journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek to discuss her newest book, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (released February 2017). Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art, leads the discussion.

The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics."


Panel Discussion: The Arts in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Emerging Perspectives

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 12pm - 1:45pm

The Middle East Institute

A panel conversation on the role and impact of creative and arts based initiatives in conflict resolution, as well as in relief and public awareness campaigns.


Film Series: Arab Cinema Now

June 2017

Ranging in subject from music to history to contemporary politics and in style from experimental shorts to in-depth documentaries and even science fiction, this selection of films opens a window on filmmaking in the Arab world. Presented by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in partnership with the Jerusalem Fund.


Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

"The British non-governmental organization Turquoise Mountain, founded in 2006 at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales and the President of Afghanistan, has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center. The organization has renovated historic buildings, opened a primary school and a medical clinic, and rebuilt necessary infrastructure. It has founded Afghanistan’s premier institution for vocational training in the arts. Dedicated to teaching a new generation of Afghan artisans in woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry design, and other crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving the nation’s proud cultural legacy.

To tell this transformative story of culture and heritage in Murad Khani, Afghan woodworkers have created magnificent wood arcades, screens, and a pavilion, all carved by hand from Himalayan cedar. Wander among these arcades and explore spectacular contemporary carpets, jewelry, and calligraphy, all complemented by videos and large-scale photographs of the Afghan artisans who made them. Artisans from Murad Khani are bringing the exhibition to life by demonstrating their art, sharing their experiences, and allowing visitors to encounter Afghanistan’s art and culture firsthand."


Exhibition: Forty out of One Million: the Human Cost of the Syrian War

April 20. 2017 - June 16, 2017

Goethe Institut Washington, DC

"Berlin-based photographers Kai Wiedenhöfer and Daniel Sonnentag portray the human impact of the Syrian conflict. Their works, which approach the subject from different points of view, are being exhibited at the Goethe-Institut and Gallery Al-Quds as a way to highlight this urgent humanitarian crisis.

For FORTY out of ONE MILLION, German photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer took portraits of forty Syrian war-wounded in towns, villages and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon between spring 2014 and 2015. By showing the genuine aftermath of this war, he seeks to raise support for people who are really in need. The media summarize the number of casualties on a daily basis, but often ignore the wounded. The war will never end for them, as they will have to endure their injuries for the rest of their lives."


Ongoing Programs

Peace Corps - Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools 
Speakers/Correspondence Match

Speakers Match helps to connect returned Peace Corp Volunteers classrooms that wish to learn about another culture and hear an inspiring story of service.  With Correspondence Match World Wise Schools matches up Peace Corps Volunteers in the field with U.S. classroom teachers. The result? A vibrant two-year exchange of ideas, stories, pictures, and artifacts that helps U.S. students in the classroom learn about the people, geography, environment, and culture of the world from the direct experience of Volunteers living in other countries.


Challenge 20/20
An Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with their counterpart classes in schools in other countries; together the teams (of two or three schools) tackle real global problems to find solutions that can be implemented at the local level and in their own communities. Schools do not have to be NAIS members to participate! NAIS accepts private, public, charter schools from the US and any other country.  Schools can also be elementary or secondary. 


Freer-Sackler Galleries: Teacher Workshops

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference. Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it, and since 2001, more than 5,000 teachers have been awarded $17.8 million in Fund for Teachers grants-up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for teams.


One World Education
One World Education (OWEd) is a non-profit leader in promoting youth literacy and developing peer-to-peer curriculum that empowers teachers and engages students. OWEd utilizes student-authored writing about culture and global issues as teaching tools for other students.


The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) at Boston University is giving away free issues of Near Eastern Archaeology to teachers!

Archaeological discoveries continually enrich our understanding of the people, culture, history, and literature of the Middle East. The heritage of its peoples -- from urban civilization to the Bible -- both inspires and fascinates. Near Eastern Archaeology brings to life the ancient world from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean with vibrant images and authoritative analyses. NEA is published four times each year in March, June, September, and December.

Let ASOR know what class you teach and what topics you would be interested in receiving issues about at [email protected]. Please feel free to share this post with fellow teachers!

For more information, please visit the ASOR Facebook page:


Have questions or need help with any of the opportunities for teachers listed above? Email our Education & Outreach office at [email protected].