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Upcoming Webinars:

Holidays and Festivals Around the World

Hemispheres is pleased to announce a three part webinar series based on our popular training "Festivals and Holidays Around the World."

This webinar series is geared toward teachers of the 6th grade contemporary world cultures in Texas (others are welcome to tune in, too!). Festivals covered include Baisakhi, Carnaval, Diwali, the Hajj, Maslenitsa and Yom Kippur.

All webinars will be at 4:00 pm Central Time on the following dates:

  • February 24, 2015: Ramadan Baisakhi
  • March 10, 2015: Yom Kipper, Hajj, Diwali
  • March 31, 2015: Maslenitsa, Carnaval

These presentations have been designed by area studies specialists to discuss the major festivals, their effects, religious history, and impacts on the world population. 

CPE will be issued for each webinar separately—you do not have to attend all of the webinars.

Registration is required (you can register up to the starting time of each webinar; you only need to register once).

Register now!

Webinar archive:

Intro to Mid East Webinar #1 (January 31, 2013)

This webinar introduced the southwest Asia / North Africa region and discussed why the region is popularly known as "The Middle East."  It looked at the demographics of the region, and discussed some of the social and political pressures that led to the Arab Spring.

Click here to access the archived recording of the Webinar.

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Intro to Mid East Webinar #2: (February 14, 2013)

This webinar divided the Middle East into seven smaller cultural sub-regions and discussed the history and unique features of each.

Click here to access the archived recording of the webinar.

The PowerPoint (with notes!) can be downloaded from here.

Video clips used in the Presentation:

The language videos for Arabic, Persian, and Turkish that were showed can be accessed through the Listen2Learn project at UCLA:
(For the record: UCLA did this on a grant to support the learning of "Islamic languages" - we would love to find something similar for Hebrew; if anyone knows of a good resources, please let us know!)

The Hajj-Ritual of Purity video is on Vimeo and can be downloaded.

Videos that can not be downloaded but are worth viewing include:

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