Barbara Petzen

Middle East Connections

Barbara Petzen is an education consultant specializing in professional development on the Middle East and Islam, global education, curriculum development, and study tours to the Middle East. Petzen is executive director of—a conflict resolution program—and oversees its Middle East Connections program. She is also president of the Middle East Outreach Council. While serving as education director at the Middle East Policy Council, Petzen created, a comprehensive resource for educators seeking balanced and innovative materials for teaching about the region. She also served as outreach coordinator at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, starting just before September 11, 2001.

Petzen’s academic interests include Ottoman and Middle Eastern history, the history and present concerns of women in the Middle East and Muslim communities, the role of Islam in Middle Eastern and other societies, relations and perceptions between Muslim societies and the West, and the necessity for globalizing K-12 education in the United States and around the world. She has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and women’s studies at Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Why did Greece and Turkey carry out population exchanges after World War I?
What was the Armenian Genocide?
Who are you and what do you do?
Why should high school students learn about Turkey?
Who lives in Turkey?
What are the major concerns and interests of Turkey’s younger generation?
How has women’s participation in Turkish politics and society changed?
Is there freedom of the press in Turkey?
Why is the headscarf a controversial issue in Turkey?
Why does Turkey’s government want to join the European Union?
Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a controversial figure in Turkey?
What is the AKP?
How have urbanization and migration affected Turkey in recent years?
What effects did the 1980 coup have on Turkey?
Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey’s Past and Future
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