Institute Welcomes Fulbright Scholar

 Institute Welcomes Fulbright Scholar

08/27/2013 

A Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Morocco will join SUNY Cortland’s faculty for the fall semester to study the College’s Institute for Civic Engagement as a model for service-learning and the creation of strong campus and community partnerships.

Larbi Touaf, an associate professor of English at Université Mohammed I Oujda, will share his expertise in civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in many other areas of personal research interest, throughout the semester.

In turn, he will analyze SUNY Cortland as an American model of institutionalized civic engagement from which his university in Morocco can learn.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Touaf with us for the semester,” said Richard Kendrick, the director of the College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and a professor of sociology/anthropology. “His visit is an excellent opportunity to open a dialogue about community and civic engagement here at SUNY Cortland and internationally.

“We are also very interested in learning more about Moroccan systems of higher education and the potential for developing campus and community connections in that country.”

Touaf is the founder and coordinator of the Research Group on Identity and Difference at his home university and the coordinator of a recent European Union project on social entrepreneurship.

His research interests and areas of expertise include postcolonial studies; English and French languages; Maghreb, or Northwest African, and Middle Eastern studies; and youth civic engagement. He has five edited volumes along with numerous articles and book chapters, published in both English and French, to his credit.

Touaf first visited the United States as a teenager and returned for graduate work at the University at Buffalo. He was first introduced to SUNY Cortland in 2011 while he served as a Visiting Fellow in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Université Ibn Zohr Agadir in Morocco and master’s and doctoral degrees from Université de Paris-Sorbonne in France.

Touaf is scheduled to speak Wednesday, Nov. 13, on the topic of “Democracy and Women’s Rights after the Arab Spring,” as part of SUNY Cortland’s 2013-14 Rozanne M. Brooks Lecture Series. He is open to speaking with classes or campus groups on topics such as community engagement abroad, the Arab Spring or the Middle East and North Africa in general.

For more information, contact Matthew Whitman, the outreach coordinator for SUNY Cortland’s Institute for Civic Engagement, at 607-753-2298.


More News

New York Actor to Discuss Gay Culture

New York Actor to Discuss Gay Culture

David Lata grew up in the church and spent a summer in conversion therapy.


Rapper Big Sean Headlines Spring Fling

Rapper Big Sean Headlines Spring Fling

The Detroit native will play to a sold-out Park Center Alumni Arena on Saturday, April 25.


Lights, Cameras, 2015 Senior Send-off!

Lights, Cameras, 2015 Senior Send-off!

Graduating seniors will get a taste of life as SUNY Cortland alumni May 7.


Students to Pledge Against Sex Assault

Students to Pledge Against Sex Assault

On April 23 and 24, students will commit to the "It's On Us" campaign.


Town-gown Project to Cut Ribbon on ‘Cemetrail’

Town-gown Project to Cut Ribbon on ‘Cemetrail’

The event marks the opening of the cemetery for public, educational visits.


Phi Kappa Phi Names 2015 Academic Standouts

Phi Kappa Phi Names 2015 Academic Standouts

The six students demonstrate excellence beyond their individual disciplines.


Local Arts Council to House Spring Edition of Speak

Local Arts Council to House Spring Edition of Speak

The spotlight will soon focus on Speak magazine as a special small literary title.


Students Step Up as ‘Big Event’ Nears

Students Step Up as ‘Big Event’ Nears

With under two weeks left, The Big Event has signed up more than 400 volunteers.


Outdoor Art Display Questions Capitalism

Outdoor Art Display Questions Capitalism

The outdoor artwork is geared to start a discussion on this timely topic.


Cortland Football to Host Bone Marrow Testing Drive May 2

Cortland Football to Host Bone Marrow Testing Drive May 2

Volunteers will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. to perform the simple test to find a match.


Explore

Visit

Contact