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Abdelkader Berrahmoun
Lecturer in Arabic

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Office Hours: Fall 2011 TBA

Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.

Following his studies in France, Abdelkader arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, where he began his career as a language professor- teaching both French and Arabic throughout the Boston area. He has taught at Boston University, Emmanuel College, the Boston Language Institute, Bunker Hill Community College, Salem State College, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and most currently, at Smith College in Northampton MA.

While at Smith College, Abdelkader has been active in expanding students’ awareness of Arabic culture and language. His classes engage students in research, writing and discussion of history, religion, literature, cultural traditions and current affairs in the Arab world. He frequently invites guest speakers to share their in-depth knowledge of topics like Arabic calligraphy, music, political events and other subjects Arabic students exchange their learning with the broader academic community through projects such as video podcasts, digital storytelling, an Arabic blog, and a Smith College radio show, “Oasis,” which Abdelkader initiated in 2010. This weekly radio show features a mix of interviews, music, and news reports on Arab world topics. Among Abdelkader’s guest interviewees are Noam Chomsky - distinguished Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and renowned political analyst; and Anna Balzer - author, Fulbright scholar and notable Middle East peace activist.

Abdelkader’s research interests include the pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.