At the Middle East Center we recognize our privileged position as a meeting point of different disciplines, departments, and constituents, which allows us to facilitate learning and research opportunities. On the one hand, we offer faculty and students fellowships and grants, such as Foreign Language and Area Studies (Title VI) fellowships. We also organize activities for faculty and students in the form of hands-on experiences such as field trips (locally and overseas). We also offer affiliated visiting scholars the chance to use the University's libraries, with over 50,000 holdings on the Middle East, and its museum, which holds the largest collection on a campus in the US.
In addition, we offer resources for public and private school teachers to help increase knowledge and understanding of the Middle East in the classroom. We provide speakers, films, and on-line and print materials for classrooms, individuals, organizations, and community-based groups interested in learning about the Middle East.
In light of the rapidly changing events in the Middle East, our faculty and staff have been active in briefing the media and American public on Middle East affairs. These efforts have included radio, television, and print interviews, in which they share their expertise on Islam, the region's history, economies, and politics.
The Middle East Center is non-partisan and takes no official political position on any issues. Instead, it is a hub for nurturing research, teaching, and an appreciation of things Middle Eastern. It draws on the extensive resources that Penn has dedicated to the region.