Category Archives: field trips

The annual Interfaith Alliance excursion down Oued Tizguit

To greet the new academic year with an appropriate mix of fun and purpose, AUI’s Interfaith Alliance organized an excursion down the Tizguit valley from campus to the village of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam. The Interfaith Alliance is one of the … Continue reading

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Attending a geography conference in Ankara

I have spent the break between the Spring and Summer semesters in Turkey. First, I attended a geography conference in Ankara, after which I was invited to Konya to give a presentation. This year’s EuroGeo Conference was held in Ankara. Yes, … Continue reading

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Visiting restoration projects in Fez

As the semester progresses, I continue to take the Moroccan Cultural Heritage class into the field (for previous class trips, check these posts on the cave houses of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam and on Volubilis). On Saturday 28 March we toured … Continue reading

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Presenting Volubilis, ancient capital of Berber Morocco

The second field trip in my Moroccan Cultural Heritage course (the first was to the cave houses of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam) was to Volubilis, Morocco’s premier archaeological site. All too often, in school textbooks and in tourist guidebooks, Volubilis is … Continue reading

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Visiting the cave houses of Zawiyat Sidi Abdesslam

This semester, exceptionally, I am teaching two graduate courses. One is a course on Moroccan cultural heritage. It is designed to be a hands-on exploration of how this country’s cultural heritage, material and tangible, fits with various types of development. … Continue reading

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Hiking in the Middle Atlas

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is relatively isolated from the mainstream flows of Morocco’s social, political, cultural and economic life. Yet, as far from the country’s “core” as it may be, Ifrane is centrally located and provides many opportunities for … Continue reading

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Visit to a women’s weaving cooperative in Zawiyat Ifrane

Some years ago a colleague, a foreigner like myself, told me one of the reasons he liked working in Morocco was that any given weekend could be an exotic holiday in the sun–he is British, so an allusion to the … Continue reading

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