The Center for Womens Studies and the West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS) at West VirginiaUniversity have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a year-long faculty and curriculum development project in the state on”Women in Islam.”

The project directors are seeking applicants among the states higher education faculty to participate in the program to develop courses on the roles of women in Islam. Applicants are available from FACDIS by calling 293-2421, ext. 5235 or by sending an email request to Ann Levine, project assistant director, at .The deadline for submission is Sept. 24.

The idea for this project was an outgrowth of the call for new courses at WVU following the Sept. 11 tragedy,”said Levine, who serves as assistant director of FACDIS .”Responding to studentsquestions and concerns after the terrorist attacks has been a priority for all faculty members. We believe that this new project will further assist in this effort statewide.”

As many as 15 faculty members from throughout the state will be selected to participate in a two-day seminar Nov. 6-7, in conjunction with the 22nd FACDIS Annual Workshops in Morgantown, and a five-day educational seminar June 2-6, 2003, which will include lectures, panel discussions, full access to WVU Libraries and a weekend trip to Washington, D.C.

Participants must develop an instructional module and a revised course syllabus for submission by Sept. 30, 2003, and participate in a two-day seminar Nov. 12-13, 2003, in Morgantown. Participants must also teach a revised course during fall 2003 or spring 2004. Lodging and meal expenses of the participants during the educational seminars, including travel to and from Washington, D.C., will be covered by the project. In addition, participants will receive $500 stipends.

“We are very pleased to be a part of this extraordinary educational effort to encourage faculty members to expand their knowledge of Islam and to eventually bring the ways in which Muslim womens lives have been informed by their religion,”said Barb Howe, director of the WVU Center for Womens Studies.

FACDIS is affiliated with the WVU Department of Political Science. Both the Center and the Political Science Department are units of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.