Eminent Visiting Professor Taught Summer Courses at IUGB

Within the framework of the excellent relations between the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, Prof. John SHOUP spent the summer term in Grand Bassam. He taught two courses; namely, Introduction to African and African-American History (HIS 1305B) and Survey of United States History (HIS 2305B).

This is not the first visit of Prof. Shoup to IUGB. He already lectured for a week in Grand Bassam in 2016 and headed a faculty-led program, with his colleague Dr. Derek Elliott, which brought fourteen students to Côte d’Ivoire in 2017.

John A. Shoup, who is a Professor of Anthropology, has his BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic from the University of Utah and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. He taught at the American University in Cairo from 1990 to 1996 and at Al Akhawayn University from 1996 to the present. 

John Shoup has conducted field work in Lesotho, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and most recently in Mauritania on topics related to pastoralism, impact of tourism on local communities, traditional land use systems, and popular culture. He has authored and co-authored several books, book chapters, articles and conference proceedings. His books were on Culture and Customs of Jordan (2007), The Nile: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture (2017) and Culture and Customs of Syria (2008). He co-authored Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life the Arab States (2009) and Ethnicities in the Middle East and Africa (2012) and has an entry on Arab Nationalism in an Encyclopedia of World Nationalism by Oxford Scholars Press (2015). He was part of research team for the Baseline Survey conducted in the Middle Atlas region of Ifrane (2000) and on the impact of tourism in Atlantic port city of Essaouira (2002).

Here is an extract from the report written by Prof. Shoup for his University:

“My time at IUGB was made not only by the students I had, but also by the extremely helpful staff.  Everyone made me feel special and treated like a VIP. I was often embarrassed by how well I was treated and the special care taken to be sure things were taken care of, even by the security guards at the residence where I was staying.  Everyone from the students to the staff and faculty were willing to help and were so extremely polite – a well brought up society!  Students were so polite and even those that I did not have always said hello where ever I met them.  Most I did not, but were ever I ran into them they always not only said hello but went through asking several polite questions about me.  I can say that the IUBG students are the most polite I have ever known!

I fully support anyone who wants to go to IUBG for a semester and the summer session is enjoyable and rewarding.  It was well worth it for me and I am sure whoever wants to go will have the same experience”.

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