Hello! My name is Jacquelyn Hooper, and I am a Junior. I am majoring in Political Science and Spanish and minoring in Philosophy, and I am also pre-law. I don’t know much about the Middle East so far, other than the stories my mom and grandma have told me. My grandma is from Lebanon and is fully Lebanese, my mom is half Lebanese and I am 1/4 Lebanese. We sometimes get together with our relatives and have traditional meals, featuring dishes such as kibbeh, kafta, rice pilaf, tabbouleh, sfeeha, etc. I have also gone with my grandma to Arabic mass at Our Lady of Lebanon in the past. My goals for learning in this course over the next month include generally familiarizing myself with the cultures, religions, histories and politics of the various countries of the Middle East.