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Visiting Fulbright Scholar to teach at Saint Xavier this fall

Professor will teach courses in Middle Eastern Studies program

Chicago (July 20, 2006) – Zeinab Shahin, Ph.D., will be a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence this fall at Saint Xavier University, teaching two courses in the new Middle Eastern Studies program.

Shahin is a professor of social psychology at Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to teaching The Arab Society (MES 260-3) and Family, Gender and Women in the Middle East (MES 260-4) at Saint Xavier, Shahin will make presentations at local schools and colleges on Middle Eastern social issues, such as family, gender and women’s roles in Arab society.

Laurence Musgrove, Ph.D., director of the Middle Eastern Studies program and associate professor of English at Saint Xavier University, said he is excited to have Shahin join the faculty at SXU.

“Her impact upon our students and faculty will be tremendous. We have many students of Arabic heritage at SXU, and Shahin will provide an important sociological perspective as an Egyptian scholar and citizen,” Musgrove said. “We also have a number of faculty members from the Middle East, so it will be a real pleasure to host her visit.”

Shahin received her doctorate in sociology from Cairo University and has conducted research into how Egyptian society shapes gender differences, especially as it applies to women and children. She has also worked with the Egyptian government’s Social Fund for Development, creating gender sensitization and training programs.

The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or academic year. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campuswide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. Shahin will also present lectures at Moraine Valley Community College and College of DuPage.

Last fall, Saint Xavier launched a Middle Eastern Studies program and minor. The program provides coursework, study abroad and community partnerships and events that promote learning about and understanding of the Middle East, its various peoples, geographies, religions, languages and cultures. Students from a variety of disciplines will find the program of interest, including those in business, nursing and education whose future clients, patients and students may be of Middle Eastern descent.

For more information about the Middle Eastern Studies program, contact the Office of Admission at (773) 298-3050 or admission@sxu.edu. 

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high-quality academic programs. It offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.

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