Hosting Special Programs

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 movie nights.

Students, staff, scholars, researchers, professionals, and members of the general public gathered in the ACOR lower library for a public lecture in February 2020.

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 our summary of language learning initiatives at ACOR.

ACOR has also hosted and organized study programs for faculty and staff affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Council for American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).  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. An interactive CIC seminar for scholars was held four times at ACOR between 2004 and 2010. In January 2020, ACOR hosted “Sustainability at the Margins,” a seminar program for faculty from community colleges and minority institutions. Read more about the CIC program in the ACOR Newsletter Vol. 22.1. Read more about “Sustainability at the Margins” on Insights.

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Assistant Librarian Samya Khalaf Kafafi in ACOR’s seminar room, presenting to participants in a workshop sponsored by UNESCO and Qatar National Library on March 3, 2020.
CLS students on an ACOR-organized trip to Petra, summer 2010.

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