Rula Quawas, Fulbright Scholar: My Extraordinary Year!


I want to share about my experiences between 2013 and 2014. This is my diary, I have experienced the following;

  1. A Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Champlain College, Vermont
  2. Survived the brutal winter of Vermont


  • Participated in “The Conflict Resolution and Peace Making Convening” in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota USA. August 17-23, 2013.


  • Participated in the MESA (Middle East Studies Association) Conference in New Orleans. October 10, 2013-October 13, 2013.


MOOC (Massive Online Open Course): 

  • I have successfully completed an online non-credit course offered by Duke University. The title of the course is: “History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.” This course addresses one key question: How can we all, together, work to redesign higher education for our future—not for someone else’s past. It was offered by Professor Cathy Davidson, Duke University, over the span of six weeks from January 17, 2014 till March 10, 2014. I received a Statement of Accomplishment for taking this online course.  


Professional Visits to Universities and Colleges in the USA:

  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, Department of Peace, War and Defense, Center for Global Initiatives, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and Duke-UNC Middle East Consortium.

 1.     A lecture for Professor Sahar Amer’s students on “The Homosexual Community in Jordan: Silences, Omissions, and Gaps.” November 21, 2013. (20 Students)

 2.     A lecture on “Voices of Young Jordanian Women: Speaking the Unspeakable.” Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center. November 21, 2013. The event was open to the Public. (Around 300 people attended)

 3.     A lecture on the “Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Challenges and Aborted Dreams.” Delivered in the Arabic Language. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center. November 21, 2013. The event was open to the Public. (Around 300 people attended)

  • Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sponsored by the English Department, WGSS, Multicultural Education Center and Study Abroad. “Young Jordanian Women and their Arab Spring: Combating Violence Against Women and Unsettling Concepts of Honor.” November 22, 2013. Venue: MRC. (100 People attended)
  • Duke University, North Carolina. Sponsored by the Duke Political Union as well as the Duke Student Body. “Feminism in the Middle East: The Challenges Facing Middle Eastern Women in Education and Politics.” Washington Duke Inn. November 23, 2013. (25 students attended)
  • Middlebury College, Vermont. Sponsored by Professor Febe Armanios, Director of the Center of Middle East Studies and by Professor Sujata Moorti, the Chair of the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. “The Complexities of Gender Roles in Jordan.” March 4, 2014. (45 students attended)
  • Portland Community College, Oregon. In Celebration of International Women’s Day. Sponsored by PCC Office of International Education,  PCC Internationalization Committee, and Rock Creek Women’s Resource Center.
  •  A lecture for Professor Martha Bailey’s students on “Women and the Labor Force in Arab Societies.”  March 6, 2014. (25 students attended and two faculty members)
  • A public lecture on “The Changing Roles of Women in Arab Societies.” Cascade MAHB 104. March 6, 2014. (Around 80 people attended)


Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus:

  1. Student Circle with Professor Rula Quawas. “Questions and Answers on Arab Women and the Politics of the Middle East.” Organized by Professor Brenda Ivelisse, Associate Dean of Student Development.  March 7, 2014. (15 students attended) 
  2.  Keynote Speaker for International Women’s Day Luncheon. “The Evolving Roles of Arab Women within a Glocal (Global and Local) World Context.” March 7, 2014. (300 people attended) 
  3. Faculty Development Seminar for Portland Community College Professors. “Cross/Inter-Cultural Communication and the Learning Paths of International Students: Learning, Unlearning and Relearning.” March 7, 2014. (25 Professors attended)


  • The University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. Sponsored by Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.


  1. Faculty Development Seminar for Professors of Leadership Studies. “Global Modules and Cross-Cultural Interactions.” April 1, 2014. INTC Conference Room, Richmond University. (12 Professors attended) 
  2. Meeting with a Jordanian student by the name of Haneen Abu al-Neel. “How to Look for and Find Internships at Local and International NGOs.” INTC Room 103, Richmond University. April 1, 2014.  
  3. Public lecture on “Gender Studies in Jordan and Scholar-Activists: Classrooms as Sites of Resistance.” Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room, Richmond University. April 1, 2014. (75 people attended) 
  4. A lecture for the students of Professor Holly Blake and Professor Melissa Ooten on “Constant Craving: The Quest for Gender Equity and Justice in the Arab World: Strategies and Conversation Dynamics.” Gottwald 303. April 2, 2014. (20 students attended) 
  5. A lecture for the students of Professor Nuray Grove on “Leila Ahmad’s book Women and Gender in Islam: A Revision.” April 2, 2014. (20 students attended)


  • Ithaca College. A Skype Conversation with Students from Ithaca College. Sponsored by Professor Stewart Auyash, Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, Co-teacher, International Scholarly Conversation, and Professor Jason Freitag, Department of History, Co-teacher, International Scholarly Conversation. My Champlain students in COR 330 met with Ithaca students in Professor Stewart’s International Scholars Conversation course. The conversation revolved around “The Interweaveness of Nationalism, Colonialism, and Islamism.” Venue: Classrooms in Ithaca College and Champlain College. April 15, 2014. (35 students attended)
  • SIT Graduate Institute: A Program of World Learning. Brattleboro, Vermont. The Global Leadership Seminar Series. Delivered a lecture entitled “The Women’s Movement in Jordan: Challenges and Successes.”  Rotch 205. April 17, 2014. 
  • Skyping with the King’s Academy, Amman, Jordan. Andrew Lehto’s class. “The Evolution of Feminism in Jordan.” January 19, 2014.


 Workshops Attended:

  • “Infusing Race and Ethnicity into our Work.”  September 25, 2013.


  • “Harassment Discrimination Training Session Workshop.”  January 20, 2014.


  • “Mindfulness and Widening the Circle of Compassion with Dr. Miv London.”  April 29, 2014. 



- “Growing in Intercultural Competence: How we can Become Multicutural People.” In Intercultural Communication: Unity in Diversity, Debra Reece and Rula Quawas, editors. Al-Ameryah Publishers, Amman-Jordan, September 2013. 111-122.

-”Pinched Lives and Stolen Dreams in Arab Feminist Short Stories.” Journal of International Women’s Studies,Vol. 15, No. 1, 2014. 53-66

- “Jordanian Bloggers: a Journey of Speaking Back to the Politics of Silence, Shame and Fear.”Forthcoming as a chapter in Changing Selves, Changing Societies: Women, Gender and ICT in Africa and the Middle East. October 2014. Zed Book. Editors, Ineke Buskens and Anne Webb. Funded by the IDRC.

-From Aloneness to All-Oneness: Evelyn Shakir’s Bint Arab as a Site of Settled Places and of Border-Crossings.”  Global Journal of Human-Social Science: Arts and Humanities. Volume XIV, Issue II, 2014.  76-87.

-“ Hysterically Speaking and Resisting: A Reading of Fadia Faqir’s Sane Madness-ism in Pillars of Salt.” Forthcoming soon. December 2014.

-Author, From the Speaking Womb of the Desert: Stories from Jordan, selected and translated by Rula Quawas. Azminah Publishers, Amman-Jordan, July 2013.

-Intercultural Communication: Unity in Diversity, co-editor and Author. Al-Ameryah Publishers, Amman-Jordan, September 2013.

  • Chosen as a gender expert consultant for USAID Takamol, a gender program. 2014-2017.

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