Media Library
The Middle East Center maintains a collection of videos and DVDs for free use by schools, groups, and individuals in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region.
Law Certificate
For Law Students interested in applications of Middle East and Islamic Studies to Law, the Center has created a certificate program that addresses linguistic, cultural and legal issues of the Middle East.
At the Middle East Center we recognize our position as a meeting point of different disciplines, departments, and constituents, which allows us to facilitate learning and research opportunities.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission involves raising awareness of the unique circumstances of the region through research and instructional programs.  The MEC has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, and we offer a wide range of educational opportunities.


Ayodele Gansallo, Mia-lia Kiernan, Shamaine Daniels, Fariha Khan
International House, 3701 Chestnut St. South America Room
Dr. Jamal J. Elias, University of Pennsylvania
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Dr. Abbas Milani, Stanford University
B26- Stiteler Hall, 208 South 37th Street Philadelphia PA, 19104
Ambassador William Luers, Director of The Iran Project
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street
135 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street

The MMES Degree Program

The interdisciplinary MMES degree program is designed to allow students, both majors and minors, to specialize in the Modern Middle East as a region of the world by combining course work using both social, scientific, and humanistic approaches, underpinned by relevant language skills.

Alumni on the Major

“The Modern Middle Eastern Studies major provided me an exciting, multifaceted lens through which to view a region that has interested me throughout my college career. The interdisciplinary approach offered me the unique opportunity to think about the contemporary Middle East in a nuanced fashion...  More >


Outreach Programs

The MEC provides K-12 teachers, as well as the wider public, access to the multitude of resources on the Middle East available through the University of Pennsylvania.

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Interfaith Dialogue and Outreach 

The Middle East Center and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has been collaborating on interfaith dialogue projects that promotes mutual...

Penn Middle East Center and South Asia Center Launch New Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship Program

On February 5th, the South Asia Center, the Middle East Center, and the Pulitzer...

Penn Area Studies Centers Host "Asia Day" for Local High Schools

In partnership with the Penn Center for East Asian Studies, the South Asia Center and the Penn Museum, the Middle East Center co-...

Penn Middle East Center co-hosts FLAS information session

On January 23, 2015, undergraduate and graduates students gathered to learn about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships....

Speakers Bureau Program at the Middle East Center

The Middle East Center runs a robust Speakers Bureau Program in the greater Philadelphia area. Our Speakers Bureau program aims to help K-12...