History of Collaboration
SUNY Potsdam has more than a decade of connections and collaborations with Tunisia.
SUNY Potsdam hosts visiting Tunisian Fulbright researcher, Jihene Rbiai from the Faculty of Letters, Manouba.
- January 2007
first Tunisia Winterim travel course, led by Lora Lunt and Florence Shu.
- Fall 2007
Visiting ISG professor, Maha Achour teaches in SUNY Potsdam’s Leadership and Technology program.
- November 2006
Partnership visit to ISG by Lora Lunt (International Education and Modern Languages), Edwin Portugal (Business Management) and Florence Shu (Economics) to plan future collaboration.
- May 2006
Partnership Symposium, Tunis.
- May 2004
Signing of University Partnership Agreement with the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Tunis.
- October 2004
Visiting Tunisian scholar, Jouda Jawahdou from the ISLT, funded by the U.S. Embassy, Tunis, spent a month at SUNY Potsdam doing library research and helping the ISG team with adjustment to life at a U.S. university.
- August 2003 - May 2004
Team of eight visiting faculty from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Tunis received on SUNY Potsdam campus.
- July 2001
Dr. Nejet Mchala from the ISLT taught a summer school course at SUNY Potsdam, LITT 395/ANTC 395 "Maghrebian Literature and Culture," and ran a three-day film series on Tunisian film, open to the community.
- Spring semester 2001
Potsdam sent a French major to study at the ISLT, with housing provided with a host family through AFS Tunisia.
- May - June 2000
Richard Lunt and Lora Lunt met with personnel at three universities in Tunisia: ISLT and Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences -Manouba in Tunis, Faculty of Letters and Music at the Université du Centre, Sousse.
- Spring 2000
Lora Lunt developed a new course for Modern Languages and Africana and Women's studies: "Voices of North African Women," using novels in translation from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The course was offered in English, with an extra discussion section in French, as part of a learning community (in conjunction with a course in Middle Eastern anthropology).
- May 1998
Richard and Lora Lunt met with personnel of the Tunisian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and wrote letters to the Ministry of Education in Tunis.
- July 1996
A Potsdam anthropology major studied Tunisian Arabic at the Bourguiba Institute.
- June 1996
Richard and Lora Lunt met with personnel at the then Institut Bourguiba (now Institut Supérieur des Langues, Université de Carthage, Tunis) and the Faculty of Letters-Manouba in Tunis to discuss mutual needs and exchange possibilities.
SUNY Potsdam departments of Anthropology and Modern Languages and the School of Education jointly sponsored Dr. Kacem Ben Hamza, former director of the Institut Bourguiba (now ISLT) as a Fulbright scholar at SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Ben Hamza taught courses on Middle Eastern Culture, English as a Second Language, and Methods of Teaching ESL, and he worked on a task force designing an ESL-Bilingual Education certification program. He received visiting Winterim students in his home in 2007 and 2008 and housed the entire group for a week in 2009 while offering a week of lectures on Tunisian history, culture, and language.
- Spring 1989
Two SUNY Potsdam students studied Modern Standard Arabic and Tunisian Arabic in Tunis at the Institut Bourguiba, building on a year of Modern Standard Arabic at SUNY Potsdam with Lora Lunt 1987-1988.
Richard Lunt, dually appointed in English and Anthropology departments at SUNY Potsdam, taught English and American Studies as a Fulbright Scholar at the Faculty of Letters in Tunis (now part of the University of Manouba).