PAUL BASINSKI TO PARTICIPATE IN "EDUCATORS TO OMAN" PROGRAM

11/30/2011

Chair of College’s Global Studies Department to Join Fellow Educators on Early January Trip

PHOTO: Paul BasinskiMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Paul Basinski, chair of SUNY Orange’s Global Studies Department, will join a select group of local educators on a two-week trip to Oman in January as part of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s inaugural “Educators to Oman” program.

Basinski, a faculty member at SUNY Orange since 2001, will be part of the nine-member team of educators from area private and public colleges tabbed to visit the country at the behest of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. The trip will be funded by a grant from the Sultanate offered through the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.

The trip will be from Jan. 2-15 and will feature visits to Sultan Qaboos University, cultural landmarks and tourist venues as the group will examine the human rights and physical infrastructure progress Oman has made in recent years under the Sultan’s leadership.

“I’m honored to travel to Oman to experience its culture, history and politics. This is a critical time in the history of the Middle East and to go there and observe the nation and its people first-hand is a tremendous opportunity,” Basinski says. “To travel with a group of fellow scholars from the Hudson Valley and share my experiences with them is exciting as well. I look forward to returning to campus in mid-January and sharing my observations with students, colleagues and the community.”

Basinski anticipates delivering two public lectures about his trip during the Spring semester. His experiences in Oman will also figure prominently in future classroom presentations in his International Relations course, and will be included in the foreign policy section of his U.S. National Government course this spring. Next fall, his comparative governments course “The History and Politics of the Middle East” will feature Basinski’s observations and data gathered from his visit.

A pre-trip orientation on Dec. 2 will offer Basinski and his colleagues the opportunity to meet with Lyutha Sultan al-Mughairy, the permanent representative of Oman to the United Nations.

Oman is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia and is bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, along with the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. Oman is considered one of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world.

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