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Alex Poppe's latest book receives positive reviews

  Author and Academic Preparatory Program (APP) lecturer Alex Poppe’s latest book, Moxie, has received a round of positive reviews, most notably by the Massachusetts Review on May 1, 2019. Released in 2018 by Tortoise Books, Moxie follows the story of  magazine model Jax whose face is disfigured after a bomb attack.   “In lines like this, Poppe’s writing draws the reader into Jax’s experience of disability and trauma with language that simulates her narrator’s personal disorientation, but it’s this same gruesomely funny language that gives Jax momentum to move forward,” writes Allison Bird Treacy.   Commenting on the appeal of her latest publication, Poppe said, “The book resonates with readers, especially readers caught in the liminal space, trying to find their way.”   Other reviews of Moxie:   Matador Review - One Wild and Joyful Ride: Alex Poppe on her new novel, MOXIE What’s In My Wonderland - Moxie by Alex Poppe - Book Review Pages, Places, & Plates - Moxie - Alex Poppe   

مقال جديد للبروفيسورة لين روز

  يسر مركز دراسات الجندر والتنمية التابع للجامعة الأمريكية في العراق – السليمانية، أن يعلن عن نشر مقال جديد للبروفيسورة لين روز – أستاذة العلوم الإجتماعية في الجامعة الأمريكية بالسليمانية: "بناء الإعاقة في اليونان و روما القديمتين". وقد تم تأليف المقال بالمشاركة مع سي ئيف جودي ونشر في (The Oxford Companion to Disability History, ed. M. Rembis, C. Kudlick, and S. Burch (Oxford University Press, 2018 قالت الدكتورة روز بهذا الصدد: "يسعى المقال إلى تبديد مفهوم الإعاقة كمفهوم ثابت. فالإعاقات الجسدية والعقلية والتعلمية تختلف بإختلاف الوقت والثقافة. فما نطلق عليه الإعاقة في الوقت الراهن، كانت تعرَّف في اليونان وروما القديمتين ،على أساس الوضع الاجتماعي والاقتصادي للمرء، وليس على أساس السمات الشخصية".  

مەقالێکی نوێی خانمە پرۆفیسۆر لین رۆز

سەنتەری جێندەرو پەرەپێدانی سەر بەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی عێراق – سلێمانی، بەخۆشحاڵییەوە هەواڵی بڵاوبونەوەی مەقالێکی نوێی خانمە پرۆفیسۆر لین رۆز – مامۆستای زانستە کۆمەڵایەتیەکان لەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی عێراق – سلێمانی، رادەگەیەنێت: "کەمئەندامی لەیۆنان و رۆمای کۆندا". مەقالەکە بەهاوبەشی لەگەڵ سی ئێف جودی نوسراوەو بڵاوبۆتەوە لە (The Oxford Companion to Disability History, ed. M. Rembis, C. Kudlick, and S. Burch (Oxford University Press, 2018 لەمبارەیەوە د.لین رۆز وتی: "ئەم مەقالەیە هەوڵ دەدات بۆ رەواندنەوەی چەمکی کەمئەندامی وەکو چەمکێکی جێگیر. کەمئەندامیی لەشولارو ئاوەزو زەین، لەکاتێکەوە بۆ کاتێکیترو لەفەرهەنگێکەوە بۆ فەرهەنگێکیتر دەگۆڕدرێت. ئەوەی ئێمە ئێستا ناوی دەنێین کەمئەندامی، لەیۆنان و رۆمای کۆندا، لەسەر بنەمای رەوشی کۆمەڵایەتی و ئابوریی تاکەکەس پێناسە کراوە، نەک لەسەر بنەمای تایبەتمەندییە کەسیەکان".    

Professor Lynn Rose published in Oxford Companion to Disability History

The Center for Gender and Development Studies is pleased to announce the recent publication of "The Construct of Disability in Ancient Greece and Rome” by Dr. Lynn Rose, Professor in the Social Sciencesat American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The article, co-authored with C. F. Goodey, appears in the Oxford Companion to Disability History, ed. M. Rembis, C. Kudlick, and S. Burch (Oxford University Press, 2018).  Dr. Rose said, "The article seeks to dispel the notion of disability as a static concept. Physical, mental, and learning disabilities vary over time and from one culture to the next. In ancient Greece and Rome, the meaning of what we today would call a 'disability' was shaped by one's socio-economic status, not to the configuration of the characteristic."

د.جومان هردي تشارك في مهرجان Vola Arta Parola

  شاركت د.جومان هردي - عضو هيئة التدريس في الجامعة الأميركية بالسليمانية ، يوم 22 حزيران 2018 ، في مهرجان "Vola Arta Parola"  في  "Reggio Emillia" ، بقراءة قصائد شعرية تمت مناقشتها   مع "Paola Splendore – مترجمة القصائد للإيطالية"  و "Guido Monti – مدير المهرجان". "La crudeltà ci colse di sorpresa" هو عنوان لمجموعة شعرية مترجمة للإيطالية ، من تأليف د.جومان هردي ، نشرتها دار  "Edizioni dell’Asino " في شهر نيسان 2017 . هذه المجموعة الشعرية مختارة من مجموعتين شعريتين مؤلفتين باللغة الإنجليزية من قبل د.جومان ، تحت عنوان :  "Life for Us"  و "Considering the Women" . وبهذه المناسبة تمت دعوة د.جومان هردي من قبل تلفزيون " Reggio Emillia " للتحدث عن قصائدها ، بالإضافة الى التحدث عن مركز دراسات النوع الاجتماعي والتنمية التابع للجامعة الأميركية بالسليمانية . يمكنك مشاهدة المقابلة هنا.    

بەشداریکردنی د.چۆمان هەردی لەفێستیڤاڵی Vola Arta Parola

  د.چۆمان هەردی – ئەندامی دەستەی وانەبێژی لەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی ، رۆژی ٢٢ ی حوزەیرانی ٢٠١٨ ، بەخوێندنەوەی چەند قەسیدەیەکی شیعری ، لە "Reggio Emillia " ، بەشداریی فێستیڤاڵی "Vola Arta Parola" ی کرد . قەسیدەکان لەلایەن " Paola Splendore – وەرگێڕی قەسیدەکان بۆ زمانی ئیتاڵی" و " Guido Monti – بەڕێوەبەری فێستیڤاڵەکەوە" گفتوگۆیان لەبارەوە کرا . " La crudeltà ci colse di sorpresa" ناونیشانی کۆمەڵە شیعرێکی وەرگێڕدراوی ئیتالییە ، لەنوسینی د.چۆمان هەردی ، مانگی نیسانی ٢٠١٧ لەلایەن دەزگای " Edizioni dell’Asino" ەوە بڵاوکراوەتەوە . ئەم کۆمەڵە شیعرە ، هەڵبژاردەیەکە لەدوو کۆمەڵە شیعریی د.چۆمان کە لەئەسڵدا بەزمانی ئینگلیزی نوسراون بەناوی : " Life for Us" و " Considering the Women" . هەر بەو بۆنەیەوە ، د.چۆمان بانگهێشتی تەلەفزیۆنی " Reggio Emillia" کرا بۆ گفتوگۆکردن دەربارەی شیعرەکانی ، هەروەها دەربارەی "سەنتەری توێژینەوەی جێندەرو پەرەپێدان" ی سەر بەزانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی . دەتوانیت لێرەوە تەماشای دیمانە تەلەفزیۆنیەکە بکەیت .    

Dr. Choman Hardi Participates in Vola Arta Parola Festival

AUIS faculty member Dr. Choman Hardi kickstarted the Vola Arta Parola Festival in Reggio Emillia on June 22, 2018 with a reading, followed by a discussion with translator Paola Splendore and festival director Guido Monti. La crudeltà ci colse di sorpresa, the Italian translation of a selection of Dr. Hardi’s poems from “Life for Us” and “Considering the Women” was published in April 2017 by Edizioni dell’Asino.   Dr. Hardi was also invited by Reggio Emillia TV to talk about her poems and the Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS.   You can watch the interview here.      

AUIS Professor at E-Government Seminar in Sydney

On July 19-20, 2016, Dr. Farzad Sanati, assistant professor at AUIS Department of Information Technology, was invited to speak at a seminar on e-government at the University of Sydney. The seminar was arranged for a Chinese government delegation traveling to Australia to learn more about the Australian experience in implementation of e-government. The event focused on the foundations, implementation, methodologies and practical challenges facing the e-government paradigm.    Dr. Sanati has extensive experience in e-government and ICT projects in Australia and in an advisory role to the e-government and ICT department of Jiangsu Province in China. He also completed his PhD in computing science from the University of Technology Sydney for his research work on e-government integration methodologies. Last year, Dr. Sanati organized a joint e-government conference with the University of Sulaimani in Kurdistan. The event was attended by leading academics, government (KRG) executives, and ICT industry leaders to exchange and share their experiences and opinions on implementing e-Government in Kurdistan.

AUIS Welcomes New Faculty Members

September 9, 2013 -- Sulaimani, Iraq -- The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) welcomes thirteen new faculty faces for the 2013-2014 academic year in the departments of Business Administration, Engineering, English-Journalism, Social Sciences, and Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Engineering Dr. Hayder Abdul-Razzak is the new Chair of AUIS’ Department of Engineering.  He has over 25 years of academic and industrial experience.  He received both his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and has previously taught at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Illinois Institute of Technology.  He is the author of Atmospheric Aerosols – Regional Characteristics – Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Abdul-Razzak will be teaching Thermodynamics in Fall 2013. Dr. Sarbast Rasheed, Dr. Header Haddad, and Dr. Norman J. Armendariz also join the Engineering Department.  Dr. Rasheed will be teaching Circuits I, Circuits I Labs, and Engineering Computing this Fall.  He earned his Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering – Biomedical Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he also conducted postdoctoral research on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Modeling.  He received his M.Sc. in Computer and Control Engineering – Computer Graphics from the University of Baghdad.  Dr. Rasheed previously taught at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Applied Sciences University in Amman, and the University of Baghdad.  He is the author of Diversity-Based Hybrid Classifier Fusion: A Practical Approach to Motor Unit Potential Classification for Electromyographic Signal Decomposition. Dr. Haddad comes to AUIS from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia where he taught Advanced CAD/CAM and Moldflow.  He also taught at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK).  He received both a PhD and Master of Engineering degree in advanced manufacturing technology from Swinburne University of Technology.  He also received a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Babylon University.  He will be teaching Mechanics I and Engineering Drawing this semester. Rounding out the engineering department is Dr. Armendariz, who became the engineering and sciences laboratories manager and will teach Materials Science.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University and his M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He is a multi-disciplinary engineer and scientist with extensive experience in the semiconductor and electronic industries.  Before AUIS, he was Prob/Contractor Development & Integration Engineer Manager at Texas Instruments, Inc. Mathematics and Natural Sciences Dr. Erik S. Lotfi, Dr. Nasseer Idrissi, and Dr. Mazen Bou Khuzam join the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department.  Dr. Lotfi earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Rice University, where he also served as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Laser Spectroscopy.  He previously worked at the University of Tabriz-Bonab Branch in Iran.  At AUIS, he will be teaching Chemistry I, Physical Science, and Physical Science Labs. Dr. Idrissi received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in Environmental Science and Forestry and M.S. from the Marine Science Center, University of Basrah in Marine Biology.  He will teach Life Science and Life Science Labs in Fall 2013.  Dr. Idrissi previously taught at the University of Virgin Islands (UVI).  Before joining AUIS, he was the subregional coordinator of the Virgin Islands region of the Caribbean Regional Association of the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System Program and was the Campus Champion Fellow: Liaison between UVI and NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Program. “I think AUIS gives Iraqi and regional students a great opportunity to immerse themselves in an American-style liberal arts college education while living in Iraq and at minimal cost,” said Dr. Idrissi.  “This type of education gives the AUIS graduate the best knowledge-base to be competitive in the 21st century global workforce.” Dr. Khuzam received his Ph.D. in Mathematics and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from Cambridge University.  Additionally, he earned an M.S. in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut.  Before AUIS, Dr. Khuzam taught at Kuwait University and Notre Dame University.  He will be teaching College Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, and Business Calculus this semester. English-Journalism Dr. Akeel Abbas, Taryn Schwilling, and Elliot D. Woods joined the Department of English-Journalism.  Dr. Al-Khakani received his Ph.D. in English from the Purdue University and his M.A. in English from Gannon University.  He has ten years of experience teaching college English, both literature and composition, in three U.S. universities: Old Dominion University, University of Houston-Downtown, and Purdue University.  Before AUIS, he was the senior outreach development and communications specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Iraq mission.  He will teach Research and Film in the Fall. Schwilling will teach Argument, Critical Thinking, and Research.  She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  Before AUIS, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia to conduct an independent research-based project in Cambodia to culminate in a poetry collection.  She also has a poetry collection forthcoming from YesYes Books.  Schwilling previously taught Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and was the TA Coordinator there for one year. “I chose AUIS because both the university and the region are in an exciting state of development that I believe will make teaching and living here a challenging and rewarding experience,” said Schwilling. Woods will teach Argument, Reporting, Photography, and Photojournalism.  He has been a freelance writer, photographer, and multimedia producer for Businessweek, Outside, Granta, VQR, Time, Newsweek, The Sun, Daily Beast, GlobalPost, Mother Jones, Outside, Le Journal du Dimanche, Maclean’s Magazine, and the New York Times. His photography is represented internationally by Redux Pictures.  Before joining AUIS, he was a Contributing Editor for Virginia Quarterly Review and an Advisory Board Member for StoryCorps for their project called Military Voices Initiative (MVI). Business Administration Michael Steele is the newest member of the Business Administration department.  He will teach Principles of Financial Accounting and Intermediate Accounting I.  Steel is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  He received his MBA from Capella University and a BBA from Temple University.  He taught accounting for five years at Peirce College.  He also developed and led CPE (Continuing Professional Education) seminars for CPAs.  For most of his career, he practiced public accounting and computer systems consulting, independently and as a partner in a public accounting firm. Remarking on what he most looks forward to about teaching at AUIS, Steel stated, “I look forward to being a part of bringing to Sulaimani the type of professional accounting education one would normally have to travel very far from here to obtain.” Social Sciences Dr. Joy Samad and Dr. Volodymyr A. Pihenko joined the Department of Social Sciences.  Dr. Samad received his Ph.D. from Boston College and his M.A. from University of Dallas, both in Political Science.  He has previously taught at East West University and North South University in Bangladesh.  He also taught at the University of Massachusetts and Framingham State College.  This semester he will teach Civilization 1 – Ancient and Political Philosophy. Dr. Pihenko will teach Politics and Government and American Government at AUIS.  He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Indiana University and Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University.  Before AUIS, Dr. Pihenko taught at Mariupol Institute of Interregional Academy of Public Management and Human Resources and Indiana University.
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