About
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.
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.
Resources
We have compiled lots of useful links, great lesson plans and free materials for teachers, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and the Islamic world.

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.

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.

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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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Public Outreach Highlights: Iranian-American Novelists Event

In partnership with multiple Penn and the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Middle East Center organized several public events to raise...

Community College Programs

The Center has been working with community colleges around Philadelphia area for the past years to enhance the understanding about the Middle Eastern cultures, history,...

STEM Outreach at the Middle East Center

Through creative teacher training programs, the Middle East Center combines STEM outreach with area studies curriculum training for K-12 educators. This year...

Middle East Center Graduate Student Colloqium 13-14

The Middle East Center acts as a hub for promoting the study of the Middle East across various departments and encourages interdisciplinary...

K-16 Educator Workshop on Media and Global Education

In partnership with South Asia, East Asia, and Africa Studies Centers at Penn, the Middle East Center organized a teacher training workshop on...