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NEWS & EVENTS

The Middle East Center at Penn sponsors and supports programs and initiatives across the disciplines and professional schools, and runs a dynamic outreach program in the Delaware Valley. Faculty and students at Penn are also active and prominent in the field of Middle East studies, making significant and highly regarded contributions to scholarly output in their areas of interest. We will continue to update news of the Center's activities and highlight the achievements of our faculty and students here.

Nov
24
Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, University of Kansas This lecture will focus on changes to citizenship since the monumental protests of the Arab Spring.   Gal Levy is the Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas, and a senior teaching faculty & researcher at the Open University, Israel. Gal has published on the relationships between education, ethnicity, religion and citizenship in both Jewish and Palestinian societies in Israel. His chapter on Contested Citizenship of the Arab Spring and Beyond has recently been published in The Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (edited by E. F. Isin & P. Nyers, 2014).   Please click on flyer for details.
5:15pm
Fisher-Bennett Hall 141
Nov
6
Dr. Amel Mili, Director Lauder Arabic Language & Culture Program, Wharton School This talk discusses the role of women in shaping the Tunisian revolution and in influencing the transition to democracy.
5:15pm
Fisher-Bennett Hall 231
Nov
3
Elias Saba, PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations MEC Graduate Colloquium 14-15   Saba’s talk will focus on puns and other tricks of language as they happen in West Africa.
3:30pm
Towne Building 303
Oct
29
Dr. Hocine Fetni, Assistant Dean for Advising, College Office Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu, Associate Director, Middle East Center College Major Dinners and More Program Please join us for a dinner at Kings Court English College House get to know fellow students in Modern Middle Eastern Studies Program and other Penn students who are interested in learning about the MMES program. Dr. Hocine Fetni (Assistant Dean for Advising, College Office) and Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu (Associate Director, Middle East Center) will be in attendance.    This is an RSVP event and you can to register by clicking on the link below. https://www.college.upenn.edu/events/major-dinner-modern-middle-eastern-studies
6:00pm
Kings Court English College House
Oct
22
Dr. Beth Baron Speaking about her latest book, The Orphan Scandal, Dr. Baron will discuss her research about Christian missionaries who came to Egypt to convert and provide social services for children. Learn how their actions ultimately inspired the development of the Muslim Brotherhood and similar Islamist groups. Beth Baron specializes in Middle Eastern history. She has written on women's movements, gender and nationalism, and social politics in Egypt. Grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation have supported her research. She co-founded and now co-directs the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. MEMEAC sponsors lectures, workshops, and research on the Middle East, and has been awarded Ford Foundation and Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grants.
5:15pm
Stitler Hall B-26
Oct
18
Mohsen Namjoo A musical concert featuring Persian musician, Mohsen Namjoo, accompanied by the Al Bustan Takht Ensemble. Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpoor until the age of eighteen. In 1994 Namjoo began to study Theater and Music at the University of Tehran, where he was trained under Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed and other masters. Namjoo also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, Rumi or Saadi with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth. Seamlessly blending the Classical with the Modern, the ancient with the current, Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick.  See flier for tickets and more information.
8:00pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce St.,Philadelphia
Oct
16
Mohsen Namjoo Join acclaimed Persian musician Mohsen Namjoo for a discussion of music and the Middle East. Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpoor until the age of eighteen. In 1994 Namjoo began to study Theater and Music at the University of Tehran, where he was trained under Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed and other masters. Namjoo also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, Rumi or Saadi with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth. Seamlessly blending the Classical with the Modern, the ancient with the current, Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick.  Free.
6:30pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Oct
8
Omar Foda, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations MEC Graduate Student Colloquium 2014-15   Omar Foda will discuss the social, economic, and technological history of beer production in the period between the Free Officers Movement and the nationalization of the beer industry in 1963. Specifically, the talk will examine how two closely linked companies, Crown and Pyramid Breweries, pushed forward by the complex interactions of foreign and native entrepreneurs, managers, and workers, drove the beer industry’s growth in both the economic and cultural sphere. These interactions, which were characterized by both conflict and cooperation, were framed by the participants’ perception of technology’s relationship with modernity and its role in advancing Egypt.  
3:30am
Fisher-Bennett Hall 401