Back in the saddle

Okay, so I’m back in the saddle. It just so happens that I’m back in the saddle down in Providence, RI at a four-day institute on modern Iran and how to teach about Iran in my classroom. I joined by 25 educators from around the country and a few teachers from overseas. We are working with scholars and CHOICES program folks at the Watson Institute at Brown University. It’s pretty exciting stuff though the most palpable experience so far has been the ammonia residing in the carpeted dorms we’re staying in for the duration of the institute.

I have some reading to do tonight because I didn’t quite finish the required reading ahead of time, and we’ve received more to read and think about before tomorrow, so I’m excited to dive into it and learn more about Iran. I have to admit that I know shamefully little about Iran’s history beyond the general narrative that World History tells us about the Ottoman Empire, WWI, and the chaos that has ensued since the discover of oil in the Middle East. I feel fortunate to spend time with brilliant scholars and dedicated educators. It promises to be a gratifying and edifying week.

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