Center News

Our Director Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Professor of History, has recently published her first novel, Martyrdom Street, set during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the ensuing Iran-Iraq War of 1980-89. The novel chronicles the lives of three Iranian women, Fatemah, Nasrin, and Yasaman, who tell their intimate stories of love, loss, betrayal, and hope in interwining narratives that unfurl simultaneously in America and Iran.

Professor Ian Lustick (Political Science) appeared on KDKA Newsradio 1020 Pittsburgh with Host Robert Mangino on August 31 to discuss the end of America's combat mission in Iraq.  Click Here to listen to a recording of the segment.

The Middle East Center would like to encourage as many area teachers as possible to attend the Middle East Outreach Council's Annual Teacher's Workshop.  This year the theme will be "Continuity and Change in Iran" and will be held at San Diego State University in California in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference.  The MEC will be sponsoring two teachers with $500 travel awards.  For more information on the workshop and the awards click here.

Paul M. Cobb (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) published a new book, co-edited with Antoine Borrut, entitled *Umayyad Legacies: Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain* (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010), a collections of papers on Islam's first dynasty from an international, interdisciplinary conference he organized in Damascus in 2006. To purchase a copy, click here.

Professor Renata Holod, History of Art, has received this year's Provost's Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring. For more information about Prof. Holod, please visit here.

The Kingdom of Morocco has awarded a Medal of Honor to Roger Allen, professor of Arabic and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. The medal is one of the highest honors Morocco confers for contributions in the field of arts and sciences. Allen is now Commander of the Moroccan Order of National Merit.

The Middle East Center would like to congratulate Alexandra Leavy, a member of the class of 2010 majoring in Modern Middle East Studies and Political Science, for receiving the Gelfman International Summer Fund award for her project entitled The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Role of Educational and Media Systems in Palestinian Politics.

2010 Persian Startalk Program - The Middle East Center is proud to announce the 2010 Persian Startalk Program run by Coordinator for Persian Language Pardis Minuchehr.  For information on how to apply please click here to see the flier.

At the annual CollegePalooza on April 13, the Middle East Center hosted Hamdi Attia for a calligraphy demonstration.

One of our graduate students in Middle Eastern history, Noor Zaidi (HIST), has been selected to receive a School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2010-2011 academic year.  A faculty committee has selected her along with nine other recipients.  These awards are presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences to recognize their contributions to teaching at the undergraduate level.  The awards seek to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and has had considerable impact on students.