Center News

Four New Movies Added to the Media Library! 

The Middle East Center adds Tickling Giants, Clash, Tales of Darkness and the Women's Balcony to its Media Library.

On Wednesday Dec. 6, Dr. Rayya El Zein, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, held a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania titled "Neoliberal Orientalism". A response was given by Amy Kaplan, Edward W. Kane Professor of English.

On October 19, 2017 Professor Nili Gold gave a talk at the University of Pennsylvania in the context of the celebration of the publication of her book Haifa: City of Steps.  





On April 3, 2017 Professor Heather Sharkey published the book A History of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Contemporary Middle East.

[from the University of Pennsylvania Almanac]

"Marwan Kraidy, the University of Pennsylvania’s Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics, and Culture and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, recently received the Robert P. Hart Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA) for his 10th book, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World. The book examines the use of the human body in rebellion and uncovers the creative insurgency at the heart of the Arab uprisings.

Dr. Kraidy is the first scholar to win the Hart Award twice, having first received it in 2011 for his book, Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life."

On November 2, the Middle East Center had the pleasure to host senior Brookings Institution scholar Shadi Hamid and Professor Ian Lustick from University of Pennsylvania for a spirited conversation around Shadi Hamid's and William McCant's edited volume Rethinking Political Islam.   

On Saturday October 7, 2017, Laura Zier-Ehrlich, the Associate Director of the Middle East Center participated in the MARAAS conference and the panel "A University Collaboration to Support Area Studies Programs: An Interdisciplinary World Perspective" organized by Drexel University.  

On Thursday Oct.26 Yalla, Penn's premiere Middle Eastern dance and drum troupe, gave a performance and belly dancing lessons at Platt Student Performing Art House.   

On Sunday Oct. 22 the Middle East Center was happy to co-sponsor the concert "Music and Tales of Home" which was hosted by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in the Trinity Center of Urban Life in central Philadelphia. The concert featured the work of contemporary Syrian composers and comprised music and narrative that interveawed the sounds of home, both far and near. The photographer's name is Chip Colson. 

On October 12, the Middle East Center and the Kelly Writers' House hosted Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Prize laureate in literature for a conversation with Ambassador Robert Finn at the Harold Prince Theatre at the Annenberg Center. The conversation was followed by a book signing. The same evening Orhan Pamuk made a well received book reading and presentation at the Kelly Writers' House. This was also followed by a book signing.