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FGCU Hosts Visiting Fulbright Professor from Jordan; Linguist to Teach Courses on Arabic Views of Western Action

August 15, 2006 3:41 PM     
For information contact:
David Lounsbury at (239) 590-7831

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces the arrival yesterday of Abdullah Al Btoosh, a linguistic specialist from Amman, Jordan, who is visiting the United States under the Fulbright Scholar Program to teach courses designed to increase understanding of the Middle East through language.
     Al Btoosh is instructing courses on Arabic and Middle Eastern views of Western action with an emphasis on linguistics including special wording of significance used in Arab media.
     "This is part of a special program supported by the U.S. State Department in an effort to increase understanding of Arab countries of the Middle East through language," Dean of the College of Professional Studies Ken Millar said. "Mr. Al Btoosh will be teaching two courses a semester and will also attend classes at FGCU."
     The Fulbright program, an academic exchange effort of the U.S. government, created "Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World," to promote understanding of Muslim civilization.
     The program provides opportunities for institutions of higher education to host specialists from the Middle East for short-term programs of intensive lecturing and public outreach, according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which helps administer the Fulbright program on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
     Al Btoosh's FGCU sponsor is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies David Lounsbury, who is working in conjunction with Director of International Services Elaine Hozdik to pilot the program at FGCU.
     The courses taught by Al Btoosh support a special course of study designed for Homeland Security analysis.
     According to Fulbright data, Jordan hosted seven Fulbright scholars from the United States in 2005-2006 in the academic areas of engineering, American literature, sociology, art history, journalism and law.
     The United States established the Fulbright Program in 1946 as the flagship program for international education exchange. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, annually chooses only 800 U.S. faculty members from all disciplines to participate. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars helps administer the program.
     For more information, media representatives should contact Lounsbury at (239) 590-7831 or

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