Middle East Studies Center
The workshop is intended for military, government, and NGO personnel who may be working in Afghanistan, or who are working with Afghan cultural issues. The Afghan Culture Workshop is a current events-based course, providing cultural and background information to prepare students for living and working in Afghanistan, or for dealing with cultural issues domestically. The first-hand experiences that both instructors will be sharing will engage students at every level of knowledge about Afghanistan. They will focus on issues such as the drug trade, civil society development, and US-Afghan relations, as well as Afghanistan's history, and insights into daily life and customs of diverse Afghan linguistic and cultural groups. Language instruction for negotiating daily situations will be integrated into the cultural aspects of the program.
Cultural sensitivity with regard to the specific situations personnel may encounter in Afghanistan, and enough language ability to perform necessary daily tasks and make a positive impression, are the primary instructional objectives. Among the outputs of the program, recordings from the lessons, guides and instructional materials will be created in hard copy and made available on the workshop's web site.
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