You will work in collaboration with journalists from Morocco, Round Earth Media, and via unique coursework designed by acclaimed journalism educators at the US-based Poynter Institute. This is a rare opportunity to be mentored and educated by some of the world’s very best professional journalists. Instruction will be supplemented by a hand-picked team of scholars that will include university professors, researchers, NGO leaders, and subject-area experts from Morocco.
Anna Jacobs, Academic Director
Anna Jacobs has an MA from Oxford University, where her research focused on media and journalism in Morocco, and over the last few years, she has worked with various Middle East– and North Africa–focused news outlets in the United States. She has lived and worked in Morocco for nearly ten years as a Fulbright researcher, teacher, and journalist.
Anna studied foreign affairs, government, and French at the University of Virginia, where she specialized in migration in Morocco and Algeria. She subsequently received a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research on migration, civil society, and political reform in Morocco — leading to the development of a pro-bono legal aid clinic for refugees in Casablanca.
She stayed in Morocco to study Arabic, work with NGOs, gain journalism and editing experience, and teach English. She has also worked as an SIT student advisor during her time in Morocco, advising projects on migration, refugees, and human rights. Her specialties include political Islam, North African politics, and subaltern studies.
Anna speaks both French and Arabic. Her academic work has been presented at various conferences in the Middle East, and her most recent publication was a co-authored book entitled Mediterranean Racisms: Connections and Complexities in the Racialization of the Mediterranean Region, which came out in October 2014.
Mary Stucky, Lecturer and Executive Director of Round Earth Media
Co-founder of the Peabody Award–winning Round Earth Media, Mary Stucky is also the company’s executive director and lead journalist. She has broad media experience as a long-time contributor to national shows on public and commercial radio and television, notably, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media (e.g., Marketplace, The World, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition), CBS Radio, FRONTLINE/World, NBC-TV and ABC-TV affiliates, Telemundo, and Univision. Stucky covers social and cultural issues, foreign affairs, public policy, the environment, and immigration, with a focus on underreported issues in neglected regions of the world.
Her reports on Chinese and Hmong immigrants were part of the documentary series “Crossing East,” which won a 2006 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor. Her reporting awards also include the New York Festival’s Gold World Medal. Prior to founding Round Earth Media, Stucky was a reporter/anchor for the NBC-TV affiliate in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
In 2012, Stucky launched the groundbreaking Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program in Morocco and served as its academic director until the end of 2015.
Badrdine Boulaid, Program Assistant
Badrdine Boulaid joined the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) as an Arabic teacher in 2005. He has a bachelor of arts in English studies with a major in linguistics and translation from the University Ibn Tofail in Kenitra and a master of arts in cross-cultural studies from Mohammed V University in Rabat. He has worked at the Thaqafat Association, a Moroccan association that works in partnership with The Experiment in International Living, as a volunteer program coordinator, president, and very recently as counselor.
Since 2007, Badrdine has been working as a trainer of newly hired staff members at the CCCL in the fields of cross-cultural education and teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. He has quite a rich experience and knowledge in the fields of intercultural learning, gender dynamics, leadership, and cross-cultural dialogue. His research interests include gender, linguistic and cultural diversity, cross-cultural communication, and translation. Badrdine enjoys traveling, reading, cross-cultural exchange, music, tennis, and soccer.
Abdelhay Moudden, PhD, Senior Advisor
Dr. Abdelhay Moudden earned his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and has been a professor of political science and international relations at Mohammed V University in Rabat since 1978. He was been the academic director of the SIT Study Abroad Multiculturalism and Human Rights Morocco program from 1992 to 2013. In 1995, Dr. Moudden founded the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and since that time has served as the center’s academic director. In 2013, he was appointed senior advisor to SIT programs in Morocco. Dr. Moudden is a member of the Consultative Council on Human Rights and a former member of the Moroccan Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2005). He has published several articles on Moroccan politics and culture and two novels, the latest of which, The Farewell Sermon, won the Morocco book award for 2004.
Khadija Zizi, PhD, Academic Coordinator
Khadija Zizi is senior professor of English for journalistic purposes at the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication in Rabat, Morocco. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching career, in the US and in Morocco, spans over 25 years. Her research interests include gender, the media, linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and translation.
In 1991, Khadija Zizi was elected president of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. She is the founder of her school’s magazine, ISIClick, and is an associate editor of the fourth volume of Women Writing Africa (2009).
She enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and painting, and her artwork has been exhibited in national and international art shows.