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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.

Oct
19
Nili Gold   Author of Haifa: A City of Steps, Nili Gold, will provide a lecture about her book, which will be followed by a reception and book signing. The book will be available for purchase. Information about the book:  A rich look, from a native daughter, at the evolving relations of people, architecture, and landscape in Haifa over several decades Nili Gold, who was born in Haifa to German-speaking parents in 1948, the first year of Israeli statehood, here offers a remarkable homage to her native city during its heyday as an international port and cultural center. Spanning the 1920s and ’30s, when Jews and Arabs lived together amicably and buildings were erected that reflected European, modernist, Jewish, and Arab architectural influences, through 1948, when most Arabs left, and into the ’50s and ’60s burgeoning of the young state of Israel, Gold anchors her personal and family history in five landmark clusters. All in the neighborhood of Hadar HaCarmel, these landmarks define Haifa as a whole. In exquisite detail, Gold describes Memorial Park and its environs, including the border between the largest Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Haifa; the intersection of Herzl and Balfour Streets, whose highlight is the European/Middle Eastern Technion edifice; Talpiot Market, recalling Haifa as a lively commercial hub; Alliance High School and the Great Synagogue, the former dedicated to instilling a love of intellectual pursuits, while the synagogue was an arm of the dominant Israeli religious establishment; the Ge’ula Elementary School and neighboring buildings that played a historical role, among them, the Struck House, with its Arab-inspired architecture—all against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain, sea, and bay, and their reverberations in memory and literature. Illustrated with more than thirty-five photographs and six maps, Gold’s astute observations of the changing landscape of her childhood and youth highlight literary works that portray deeply held feelings for Haifa, by such canonical Israeli writers as A. B. Yehoshua, Sami Michael, and Dahlia Ravikovitch. For more information on Haifa, City of Steps, follow this link to the University Press of New England: http://www.upne.com/1512601183.html
5:00pm
Fisher-Bennett, Room 401
Oct
26
Middle East Center and Yalla Penn's Premiere Middle Eastern Dance & Drum Troupe, Yalla and the Middle East Center present: Yalla Performance and Belly Dancing Lessons at the Platt Student Performing Art House, Room 160 Stouffer Commons
5:30pm
Platt Student Performing Art House, Room 106 Stouffer Commons
Oct
30
B. Harun Küçük We are pleased to offer a five-lecture series on Refugees and Migration, September - October, 2017. The lecture series is cosponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey and the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and hosted by The Center for Civic Leadership at Camden CC. The series will provide professional education credits to teachers in NJ and PA. 10/30 Lecture 5: B. Harun Küçük is an Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center. Dr. Küçük will examine how scholars, craftsmen, and prisoners of war integrated themsleves into urban life in Istanbul during the time of the Ottoman Empire.
7:00pm
Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College
Nov
2
Rayya El Zein CARGC Colloquium by Rayya El Zein Revamping Gender: Nostalgia and Affect in Beirut's Musical Cabarets Lunch begins at 11:45PM. Space is limited. Please RSVP to marina.krikorian@asc.upenn.edu
12:00pm
3901 Walnut Street, Room 602
Nov
2
Professor Ian Lustick Middle East Center, Browne Center for International Politics, Penn in Washington, and the Perry World House Please join us on Thursday, November 2nd at the Amado Recital Hall in Irvine Auditorium for a book talk with Dr. Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Shadi Hamid will be discusssing huis latest book, Rethinking Political Islam with University of Pennsylvania Professor Ian Lustick.   Registration is required and space is limited. To register please click on the link.
5:30pm
Amado Rectial Hall, Room 110 Irvine Auditorium 3401 Spruce Street
Nov
8
Pamela Karimi Please join us for a talk by Pamela Karimi from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on her upcoming research project, "Designing Dissidence: INstituting and Inhabiting the Iranian Underground".
3:30pm
Annenberg 111, Annenberg School of Communication, 3620 Walnut St
Nov
13
Alice Su, Fareed Mostoufi Join the Pulitzer Center's Alice Su as she presents a speech on how to have meaningful conversations with students on the issue of terrorism in the classroom. She will be followed by a dinner and moderated discussion with the Pulitzer Center's Fareed Mostoufi. Participation is free, but space is limited. Teachers will receive a certificate noting their completion of the workshop.  Please email registration forms to Valerie Concordia at vconcordia@camdencc.edu.
4:30pm
Camden County College
Nov
14
Come listen to testimonies from Pulitzer student fellows and have your questions regarding the fellowship answered by staff members of the Middle East and South Asia Centers with special guest Pulitzer journalist Alice Su. Lunch will be provided. 
1:00pm
Graduate Student Lounge 3rd Floor (Room 330), Fisher-Bennett Hall 3340 Walnut Street
Nov
27
Nahid Siamdoust Please join us for a talk by Nahid Siamdoust for a talk about her recent book, "Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran".
3:30pm
College Hall 200 (Class of 1954 Lecture Hall)