Officer Information

PRESIDENT

DR. DALE F. EICKELMAN is Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Dartmouth College and chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has also served as Relationship Coordinator for the Dartmouth College—American University of Kuwait Program since 2003. His publications include Public Islam and the Common Good (co-edited with Armando Salvatore, Brill, 2004); Muslim Politics, (co-authored with James Piscatori, Princeton University Press, 1994, new edition 2004); The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach, now in its fourth edition (Prentice Hall, 2004); New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere (second edition, Indiana University Press, 2003; Russia’s Muslim Frontiers: New Directions in Cross-Cultural Analysis (Indiana University Press, 1993); Knowledge and Power in Morocco (Princeton University Press, 1985, translation into Arabic, 2010); and Moroccan Islam: Tradition and Society in a Pilgrimage Center (University of Texas Press, 1976; translated into Arabic 1989), and over 80 journal articles and book chapters. Eickelman is a former President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America; a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and twice a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, In 2009 he was named a Carnegie Scholar for a project entitled “Mainstreaming Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith,” and he has formerly helf research awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. Since 2003 he has been Relationship Coordinator between Dartmouth College and the American University of Kuwait.


VICE-PRESIDENT

MR. JEAN R. ABINADER has more than 30 years in international affairs, acting in a number of leadership roles as a consultant, corporate executive, and as CEO of international trade and public affairs associations.  Extensive experience in the Middle East as consultant on management systems; advisor on business, trade, tourism, and investment development; policy advocacy to enhance US-Arab commercial relations; and the development and implementation of information and promotion programs and projects.  Clients include US and Arab government agencies and institutions, US and Arab companies and organizations, and NGOs and bilateral cultural and educational associations.  A well-known speaker, university lecturer, and specialist on international trade issues who currently advises corporations and agencies on international marketing, human resources issues, business development planning, and project implementation strategies. Mr. AbiNader writes frequently on topics related to the Middle East and U.S. policy; was chair of the international conference on “Higher Education in the Arab World: Preparing for the Global Marketplace,” frequently works with US and international media on Middle East issues; and leads a graduate seminar on international marketing at Georgetown University.

 

TREASURER

MR. TIM RESCH was named a TALIM Fellow in 2001 and served on the Board of Directors 2005-2011.  Since 12/2011, he has served as the TALIM Treasurer.  He was a Peace Corps Forester in Morocco 1970-74. Tim also serves as the President of Friends of Morocco, an organization of Americans, mostly returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), with experience in Morocco, Moroccan-Americans and Moroccans in America united with an interest in promoting educational, cultural, charitable, social, literary and scientific exchange between Morocco and the United States of America. His day job is Bureau Environmental Advisor for the USAID Bureau for Africa. His office works to strengthen critical links between biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, improved livelihoods and economic growth, and good governance throughout Africa. It provides leadership on African development issues through analysis, strategy development, program design, technical assistance, advocacy, and information dissemination. Tim has an M.S. in Forestry (Silviculture), Colorado State University; and a B.S. in Forestry (Multiple Use), University of Minnesota. Tim also speaks French and conversational Moroccan-dialectical Arabic.

 

SECRETARY

DR. DIANE PONASIK retired from the U.S. Agency for International Development where she worked in many capacities between 1977 and 2002.  She was General Development Officer in Skopje, Macedonia, 1999-2002; Supervisory Democracy Officer, Port au Prince, Haiti, 1997-1999; Chief, Institutional Development Support, Cairo, Egypt 1992-1997 and Chief of the Evaluation Unit for Asia/Near East Bureau in Washington D.C. 1987-1990.  Before that she served in Yemen and Mali.  She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, 1965-1967, B.A. French, College of William and Mary, 1960; M.A. Anthropology, U. of Michigan, 1972; PhD in Economic Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1978.  Fluent in Moroccan Arabic and French.  At present she is a docent at the Sackler-Freer Galleries. In 2005 Dr. Ponasik published a historical novel about Morocco, entitled Tangier, a novel.  It is set at the Legation in Tangier and covers the period 1880-1912, just before the establishment of the French Protectorate.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PROFESSOR MAJIDA BARGACH is currently Director of Global Internships and Special Projects at the University of Virginia. She has been Associate and Interim Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Virginia from June 2009 to December 2013.  She is also affiliated to the French Department where she teaches regularly and affiliate to the Department of Middle eastern and South Asian Literatures and Cultures. She has been directing the UVA Study Abroad Program in Morocco, a six week program in Rabat, since 2002. Bargach has a M.A.in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Bordeaux and a Diplome d’etudes approfondies in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux. She has received a number of awards including: the Mead Endowment Teaching Award for 2007/2008 by the University of Virginia, the Study Abroad Teaching Award, 2009 by the University of Virginia, the Seven Society Faculty Award in 2010 by the University of Virginia, and the Extraordinary Achievement Award in education. She was nominated to the American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee in 2013.

 

DR. JEROME B. BOOKIN-WEINER is currently (since 2007) Director of Education Abroad at AMIDEAST (America Mideast Educational and Training Services), 1730 M Street, NW, Washington DC 20036. Has also served as Academic Vice President of The Scholar Ship (2005-07), Executive Director of International Programs at Colorado State University (2001-2004), Dean of International Education at Bentley College (1987-2001) and Director of the Center for International Programs at Old Dominion University (1977-1987). He has written on the origins of US-Moroccan relations, and in 1986 co-organized a conference at Old Dominion University on US-Moroccan Relations to coincide with the bicentennial of the negotiation of the first Moroccan American treaty. The conference resulted in a book co-edited with Dr. Mohamed El Mansour of Mohammed V University entitled The Atlantic Connection: 200 Years of Moroccan American Relations (Rabat:  EDINO, 1990).  Former Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (1971-1973). PhD. Columbia University, 1976.

           

MR. JAMES L. BULLOCK  is currently a part-time consultant (WAE) at the Department of State, an adjunct lecturer in Media and Foreign Policy at The George Washington University, and active in a number of volunteer positions in the Washington area.  Prior to returning to the U.S. he worked as VP for Institutional Advancement at the American University in Cairo, 2009 - 2010.

He has over thirty-six years of U.S. government service - with the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, and the U.S. Navy.  His final active duty Foreign Service assignments were as head of US Embassy public affairs sections in Paris, Riyadh, Baghdad, and Cairo.  Earlier assignments in Washington were as Deputy Coordinator in the State Department’s International Information Programs Bureau, as an office director in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and as a member of the Department’s “Senior Seminar.”  Earlier overseas service was primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, with two tours each in Morocco and Tunisia, plus two years as U.S. Embassy press attaché in Moscow, 1989-1991. 

Pre-Foreign Service work in consumer product marketing with Procter & Gamble, 1978-1979.  Active commissioned service in the U.S. Navy, 1971-1978, primarily in public affairs assignments afloat and ashore, including almost three years as a White House Military Social Aide under Presidents Ford and Carter.  On-going professional development over the years at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center (including training in French, Arabic, and Russian), at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, at the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Speech Communication, and individual evening courses at various universities in the Washington D.C. area.  Awarded BA from Yale College (Russian Studies) in 1971.  Married since 1981 to a French-American dual national, Carole Hoeveler-Bullock.  Their two adult children live in the Washington area.  

 

MR. MADISON COX, a garden designer and writer, with offices in both New York City and Morocco, has worked extensively in North America, Europe and Morocco. He serves on a number of boards of foundations including as Vice President of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, Vice President of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, and as an Advisory Board Member of the Aangan Trust in Mumbai, India.  He has been actively involved with the American School of Tangier and the American School of Marrakech since 2005 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board. He writes, "I am deeply interesting in preserving the Legation or complex not only because it is an important landmark in American history, not to mention American/Moroccan exchange, but as a vibrant cultural place of exchange for contemporary life.  If anything I would be very keen to help in renovating and restoring the various rooms at the Legation, with such simple additions as proper exhibition lighting, re-labeling and re-hanging of the collections."

 

DR. EVELYN A. EARLY, consultant in development and strategic communication, has conducted anthropological research in Lebanon on Shi'a voluntary associations; in Egypt on popular Islam and health practices amongst traditional urban women; and in Syria on national identity and popular culture. In addition to her study Baladi Women of Cairo: Playing with an Egg and a Stone and her co-edited book with Donna Lee Bowen Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East (soon to appear in a third edition), she has published such articles as “Tele-Preachers and Talk Shows: Egyptian Religious Discourse,” “Poetry and Pageants: Growing up in the Syrian Vanguard,” “Syrian Television Drama: Permitted Political Discourse,” and "Getting it Together:  Business Narratives of Baladi Women of Cairo, Egypt."  She received her master’s in Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut in 1970 and her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 1980.  She has taught at the Universities of New Mexico, Notre Dame, and Houston. Dr. Early joined the American diplomatic service in the 1980s and worked in Morocco, Sudan, Washington, Syria, and the Czech Republic. She recently retired from the Senior Foreign Service.

 

DR. JERRY LAMPE is currently an independent consultant, currently serving as Senior Academic Advisor to the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) for the Arabic Overseas Flagship Programs and the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) and advisor to academic institutions and government  programs. Formerly, Deputy Director, NFLC, and Director, Language Studies, SAIS of Johns Hopkins University, the Center of Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), and Peace Corps training programs in Tunisia and Morocco and past President of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). M.A. & Ph.D. in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Author of Culture Proficiency Guidelines 3.2 (23rd version) and co-author of the ILR Skill Level Descriptions for Competence in Intercultural Communication (www.govtilr.org).

 

MR. JAMES LAWRENCE was the Director of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military affairs of the U.S State Department until his retirement in 2012.    From 1980 to 1996 Mr. Lawrence served as the Executive Director of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.  Before joining the State Department Mr. Lawrence was  a Peace Corps English  teacher in Morocco from 1968 to 1970. From 1972 to 1974 Mr. Lawrence directed Peace Corps training at the American Legation in Tangier, Morocco, serving also as site manager for this important, historical property.  From 1974 to 1979 he served as Desk Officer and then Area Director in the Africa Region at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Mr. Lawrence has wide-ranging international experience, with postings in Europe, Morocco, Indonesia, and Africa.  He was a Fulbright professor at Hassanudin University in Ujung Pandang, Indonesia in 1971.  Selected for the Department’s most senior level management training, Mr. Lawrence spent nine months in 1997-1998 studying the state of the nation and US national security as a member of the 40th Senior Seminar class.  Elected to the Board for a three-year term December 2011, but declined because of work responsibilities. 

 

DR. ANOUAR MAJID is Director of the Center for Global Humanities and Vice President for Global Affairs & VP of Communications at the University of New England. Majid’s writings have so far dealt with the place of Islam in the age of globalization and Muslim-Western relations since 1492. His five critically acclaimed books on this topic were published by Duke University Press, Stanford University Press, University of Minnesota Press, and Rowman and Littlefield. Majid has been described by Cornel West in his book Democracy Matters as one of a few "towering Islamic intellectuals." His work and life have been profiled by Bill Moyers in the PBS program Bill Moyers Journal and by Al Jazeera’s Date in Exile series. He has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post and a number of academic publications. Majid is also a novelist, the author of Si Yussef, first published in 1992. He also edits the magazine TingisRedux, which started out as Tingis, a Moroccan-American Magazine of Ideas and Culture. Majid is the general manager of the University of New England’s presence in Morocco; he inspired and executed the presence of his university in his native city of Tangier.

 

DR. SUSAN G. MILLER is formerly Director of Moroccan Studies at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  Articles and book chapters include: A History of Modern Morocco (Cambridge UP, 2013); The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City (Aga Khan, Harvard, 2010); Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghribwith Katherine Hoffman; "Finding Order in the City: The Habus of Tangier as an Agent of Urban Change". Muqarnas 22 (2005) ;“Apportioning Sacred Space in a Moroccan city: The Case of Tangier, 1860-1912”. City and Society, vol. 13, 1. (2001). “Watering the Garden of Tangier: Colonial Contestations in a Moroccan City,” in Susan Slyomovics, ed. The Walled Arab City in Architecture, Literature and History: The Living Medina. London, Frank Cass, 2001, pp. 26-50. Council of American Overseas Research Centers Traveling Fellowship, 1999-2000. Fulbright Research Scholar, Morocco, 1990-93. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, 1970-73. PhD. University of Michigan, 1976. Organized and chaired roundtable on the Preservation of the Historic Tangier Medina at the TALM Bicentennial Celebration in November 1997. Former TALMS Board member.


MS. ELENA PRENTICE was director of TALMS during most of 1989 and 1990. She is a painter and has exhibited extensively.   Her work is in several museums and important collections.  She taught at The National Academy of Design in New York after leaving Tangier from 1992 until 1997 when she started spending time again in Tangier until moving back permanently in 2002, when she started the first free newspaper in Morocco written specifically and uniquely in Moroccan Arabic. The newspaper continued for five years and she is now publishing small books in the four languages used regularly in Tangier: French, Spanish, English and Moroccan Arabic .She is very involved in Morocco and has just completed a large work of art for the new Bibliothèque National in Rabat.  She has lectured and given seminars on the experience of newspaper and publishing in France, the U.S., and Morocco. She speaks French and Spanish and some darija. She is a major donor to TALIM.

 

DR. LAWRENCE ROSEN is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University – where he has taught since 1977 – and, since 1979, Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and his Ph.D. and law degrees at the University of Chicago. As an anthropologist he has worked mostly in North Africa on Arab social life and Islamic law; as an attorney he has worked mostly on the rights of indigenous peoples and American socio-legal issues. Named to the first group of MacArthur Award Fellows, he has held grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. A member of commons at Wolfson College, Oxford and visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he has been a Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer, and a visiting professor at Ben Gurion University and the law schools of Northwestern, Georgetown, and the University of Pennsylvania. Rosen spent 2006-7 in Washington as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as a Carnegie Corporation Scholar. At Princeton he has received The President’s Distinguished Award for Teaching, The Ombudsman’s Award for Civility, The President’s Committee on the Status of Women Award, and the Princeton University Women’s Organization Award. For the 2014 year, Rosen will serve as a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.

Among the books he has written are: Bargaining For Reality: The Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community; The Anthropology of Justice: Law as Culture in Muslim Society; The Justice of Islam; and The Culture of Islam, Law as Culture: An Invitation, and Varieties of Muslim Experience. His articles have appeared in The American Scholar, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald-Tribune. He recently finished a book on the intellectual lives of four Moroccans entitled Drawn From Memory: Arab Lives Unremembered and is completing another on The Balance of Justice: The Rule of Law and Islamic Cultures.

 

DR. GREGORY WHAYNE WHITE is a Professor of Government at Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2006 to present. Co-editor, Journal of North African Studies 2013 to present. Member of Political Science Graduate Faculty, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999 to present.  PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1993,in Political Science with a minor in African Studies.  2002, American Institute of Maghrib Studies travel grant to Morocco.  1996-98, Research Fellow, Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University; 1994-97, Research Fellow, Faculte de droit et des science économique de l’université de Mohammed V, Rabat.  1994-96, Fulbright-Hays scholarship, Serial Grant to Morocco.  Author of Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World, Oxford University Press, 2011 and On the Outside Looking In: A Comparative Political Economy of Tunisia and Morocco, State University of New York Press, 2001.  Articles and book chapters on the Middle East and North Africa in many publications and participant in many panel discussions and lectures on these areas.  Fluent French.  Working knowledge of Moroccan Arabic and modern standard Arabic.

 

PRESIDENT EMERITUS AND AGENT

DR. I. WILLIAM ZARTMAN, Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution Emeritus and former Director of African Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.  Founding President, American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) 1984-1996.  Founding Executive Secretary, then President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).  Formerly, Intelligence Officer, Fleet Intelligence Unit, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean at N.A.S. Kenitra, 1958-60.  Trainer 1965 and Evaluator 1967 for the Peace Corps in Morocco.  Author of two books on Morocco and three on North Africa.  Co-author/editor of one book on Morocco and seven books on North Africa.  Commander, Ouissam Alaouite, delivered by King Mohammed VI; Doctor honoris causa, Catholic University of Louvain.  PhD Yale, 1956.

Served several two consecutive elected three-year terms on the Board, in the 1970s and 1980s, and from 12/1995-12/2001.  President from 1987 through December 2012. Currently President Emeritus.

 

DIRECTOR 

MR. JOHN W. DAVISON has been TALIM’s Director since July, 2014.  He was an accomplished diplomat and negotiator for the State Department with nearly 30 years of global experience in macroeconomics, conflict resolution, good governance, sustainable development, trade policy and education. As U.S. Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs in New Delhi, John coordinated high-level bilateral dialogues in energy, aviation, trade and investment policy, and technology cooperation.  As Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Niger, John led the U.S. response to a drought-related food crisis that delivered assistance to millions on the brink of starvation. There he also helped to design, identify funding for, and implement programs on conflict resolution, girls’ education, electoral support and anti-trafficking. As Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, John led teams negotiating at global conferences on Financing for Development, HIV/AIDS, Sustainable Development, and the Rights of the Child.  John also served as Political Adviser on Iraq and the Middle East to the then U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Bill Richardson.

Much of John’s career has been in North Africa and the Sahel, beginning with his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer English teacher in Morocco.   He began his Foreign Service career in Guinea-Bissau and later served as Finance Officer in Cairo, Egypt.   John both studied Arabic at the State Department’s Arabic Language Field School in Tunisia and later became its director, where he managed a multi-national faculty who trained U.S. diplomats to interact with Arab counterparts, give interviews and conduct business in the Middle East. Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 2009, John also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Cape Verde, where he advised the Cape Verdean government and donors on aid effectiveness and coordination issues.  A graduate of Georgetown University, John speaks French, Arabic and Portuguese.

 

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