Maxwell Hosts Fall 2011 CELF Delegation from Middle East & North Africa   

Celf groupThe Maxwell School hosted the fifth cohort of university faculty interested in civic education, from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

The Civic Education and Leadership Fellows (CELF) program is a sponsored program funded through the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  Implemented through the Executive Education Office every semester since Fall 2009, the project provides academics from the MENA region an opportunity to participate in core seminars on democracy, civil society, citizenship, and teaching practices, along with individually tailored programs at the Maxwell School for Citizenship & Public Affairs.  CELF is a one-semester fellowship opportunity for university civic educators from the MENA region to add to their knowledge base, explore ways to incorporate this information into their teaching and research, and to expand their professional networks through conferences and meetings with American scholars and other professionals.

The overall objective of the CELF program is to enhance international standards in social science education through improved curricula development and course delivery, increased institutional capacity, expanded student and faulty engagement; and improved critical thinking and analytic capabilities of educators in institutions of higher education.

This Fall, the seven participants joined the CELF program from universities in Algeria, Jordan, and Morocco.  They represented the academic disciplines of applied linguistics, English language and literature, counseling psychology, and social work, and have focused interests in citizenship and identity, cross-cultural educational exchanges, disability studies, gender studies, human rights, and the media.