Hosting Special Programs

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CLS students meet with Jordanian volunteers for language exchange on the ACOR terrace. (2008 photo B. A. Porter)

Over the years ACOR has planned and organized a number of study programs for American students and scholars in coordination with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

ACOR is a fantastic location for academic workshops and short term student programs in Jordan, because it offers an ideal mix of comfortable and affordable accommodation, 24-hour access to one of the premier English language research libraries in the Middle East, and fast wireless internet.  There are seminar rooms and audio visual equipment to facilitate lectures, meetings, discussions and event “movie nights.”

ACOR can assist with finding speakers on special topics, planning excursions around Jordan, and connecting visitors to decision makers and public figures in Jordan and in the region.

ACOR hosted the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Arabic language summer institute between 2006 and 2012, in cooperation with  the Qasid Institute. ACOR managed the project budget and reporting, selected Arabic tutors and speaking partners, and planned excursions and opportunities for students to volunteer with local organizations.  Read more about the CLS program in the ACOR Newsletters, particularly Volumes 24.1, 23.1,22.1,21.1 and 18.2.

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Professor C. Krokus interacts with a group of boys during the CIC program in Amman. (2010 photo B. Porter)

ACOR hosted and organized a study program for faculty and staff affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).  These two-week seminars included assigned readings, guest speakers, directed discussions, and travel around Jordan to see significant historical sights and to meet with Jordanian decision makers in fields of government, cultural heritage and business. This interactive seminar for scholars was held four times at ACOR between 2004 and 2010.  Read more about the CIC program in the ACOR Newsletter Vol. 22.1.