Online Workshop

Teaching About the Middle East and U.S. Policy in 2023

6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Online Workshop

The first part of the session will be devoted to introducing the Choices Program’s curriculum unit The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy. After a short break, in the second part of the session, participants will hear from panelists with expertise in three key U.S. relationships identified in the Choices curriculum unit: the United States and Iran; the United States and Saudi Arabia; and the United States and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Panelists will explore with teachers the following questions:  

  • To what extent will the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East shape U.S. policy in the Middle East? 
  • To what extent are American values and interests likely to alter U.S. policy in the region?
  • How will major environmental, social, and conflict issues force the U.S. to re-envision its traditional role in the Middle East?

In addition to the panelists and Mimi Stephens, Tom Brannan, a retired IB history teacher and DACOR board member, will serve as a presenter.

Co-sponsored by DACOR (, a Washington-based organization of foreign affairs professionals.
Register $20Per Person
U.S. troops patrolling in Baqubah, Iraq, during the U.S. military occupation, 2007. Soldiers carrying automatic weapons walk through a crowded market place.

Participants will receive a one-year license to the Choices Program’s Digital Edition of the Middle East unit; a three-hour certificate of attendance; and short background readings to complete in advance of the workshop.

The registration fee for this workshop is $20. A full refund will be provided to participants who attend the workshop in its entirety. No refund for no shows. No purchase orders accepted for this program. Please pay by credit card or by check. If paying by check, please make it out to “Brown University” and mail it with a note indicating it is for the DACOR workshop to:
Choices Program
Brown University
Box 1948
Providence, RI 02912



Anyone who teaches about the Middle East and foreign policy at the secondary level is welcome to attend.

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Mimi Stephens

Choices Director of Professional Development
Mimi is the Director of Professional Development for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
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