Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Scholar on Women In the Middle East Comes to PCC

Photograph of Rula Quawas

On Thursday March 6th Thursday, 1:00 – 2:20 pm in

Cascade MAHB 104 & on Friday March 7th from 11:30 - 1:00 pm,
in the Rock Creek Event Center, Professor Quawas will speak.

Born and raised in Jordan, Rula Quawas graduated with a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Texas. At the University of Jordan, Professor Quawas began teaching a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses pertaining to American Literature, one of which was a groundbreaking course on feminism, focusing on American feminism and its complexities. In addition, she has taught on Arab feminism and contemporary Arab women writers in translation for CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange). As founder of the Women's Studies Center at her university, she was the director for two years -- from 2006- 2008. In addition, she was the founder of Knowledge Production Unit at the Jordanian National Commission for Women in February of 2009. She also serves on many editorial boards such as the Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education, Studies in Literature in English, and the International Journal of Arabic-English Studies.

In the fall of 2012, Professor Quawas was removed from her position as Dean of Dean of the faculty of Foreign Languages at University of Jordan after a class project created by her students was uploaded to youtube. The video project entitled displayed women students holding signs that depicted insults and verbal harrassment that men have said to them in public.

Currently she is a Fulbright Scholar and scholar in residence for one year at the University of Champlain in Vermont starting in August 2013. There, Rula teaches courses pertaining to Arab feminisms and culture.