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.
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.
Co-sponsorship Policy
The Middle East Center sponsors programs and events serving the scholarly community at Penn that promote discussion of the history, culture, and politics of the modern Middle East.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission is to raise awareness about the unique circumstances of the Middle East and North Africa through implementing K-14 educational outreach programming, special events and academic lectures relating to the region.


Dr. Hocine Fetni and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program
Mayer Seminar Room, Mayer Residence Hall, Stouffer College House
Presented by Huda Fakhreddine
Class of ’55 Seminar Room 241, Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
James Ryan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Penn History Department
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 322, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Dr. Cyrus Schayegh (Princeton)
Stiteler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA
Dr. Sabine Schmidtke (Princeton)

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 >


The Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) is an interdisciplinary major and provides an education that can lead to various exciting and prestigious careers. MMES alumni have joined and pioneered the government and private sectors, and they have also excelled in the arts and medicine... 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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The Middle East Center has been re-approved to issue Act 48 Professional Development Credit

In collaboration with the South Asia Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the Middle East Center has...

Middle East Center Islamophobia workshop is featured in PennNews

“Penn Experts Aid Grade School Teachers in Confronting Islamophobia in the classroom"

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Middle East Center Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter Published: Check out what we have been up to!

The Middle East Center Fall 2016 Newletter has been released. It includes information regarding...

Middle East Center Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ceyda Karamursel Joins SOAS Faculty

Middle East Center Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ceyda Karamursel will be joining the faculty of School of Oriental and...