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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.

Aug
26
Dr. Erika Gilson Turkish Language Educators The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania is planning to bring together faculty teaching Turkish at institutions of higher learning to discuss best practices in Turkish teaching. There will be some presentations but the main objective is to have a pedagogical conversation among the participants. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by emailing mec-info@sas.upenn.edu. About the Facilitator: Dr. Erika Gilson taught Turkish and Ottoman Turkish for the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University for 26 years before retiring in 2014. Committed to teaching Middle Eastern languages, she was a founding member of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages. Dr. Gilson is currently working on a database to study the effectiveness of writing as an enabling activity for language learning and on the Turkic Notations in Afanasii Nikitin's Voyage Beyond the Three Seas. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
12:00pm
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 222, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Sep
20
Dr. Jonathan Gribetz (Princeton University) Dr. Jonathan Gribetz, Princeton University, will speak about his current work on the history of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Research Center in Beirut. The book he is preparing on the subject is tentatively titled Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel. About the Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Marc Gribetz is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and in the Program in Judaic Studies. He teaches about the history of Zionism, Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, and the Arab-Jewish encounter. His first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), investigated the mutual perceptions of Zionists and Arabs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing the prominent place of religious and racial categories in the ways in which these communities imagined and related to one another. 
5:30pm
Stitler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA
Sep
26
Join the Middle East Center for a lunch workshop on internship and career opportunities in Washington, D.C that utilize a major or minor in Modern Middle East studies (MMES).  Guest Speakers Include: Abigail Denburg, Penn Alum, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Abigail Denburg currently serves as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller, handling a variety of portfolios, including political-military affairs, the Middle East and Africa.  Prior to this position, Abigail served as Staff Assistant to the Under Secretary.  Abigail graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, where she double majored in Diplomatic History and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Abigail will talk how she utilized her MMES major to get the most out of her time at Penn and how she used it to further a political career. Dr. Martinez, Director of Penn in Washington Dr. Martinez is the executive director of the Penn in Washington program, which offers a semester and a summer program in Washington DC. PIW also hosts events on campus during the academic year that introduce students to alumni working in Washington, and Dr. Martinez is a year-round resource to students interested in internships and careers in Washington. Dr. Martinez teaches the core course in the PIW Semester program. More information can be found at https://piw.sas.upenn.edu/.  Lunch will be provided. 
12:00pm
311 Griski Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
Oct
26
Dr. Hocine Fetni and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program Assistant Dean for Advising, Dr. Hocine Fetni, and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program will attend to meet with students over dinner. RSVP by: 5PM, Friday, October 21, 2016 RSVP by visiting: https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2A1InhIK1qT2cZ For questions, please contact, Assistant Dean, Rebecca Poyourow at poyourow@sas.upenn.edu. 
6:00pm
Mayer Seminar Room, Mayer Residence Hall, Stouffer College House