Center News

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Ph.D. student Carolyn Brunelle visited the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr on November 19th to talk about "The Use and Misuse of Arabic in the US Media Today".  She addressed the terms madrasa, Allah, Islam, fatwa and jihad; explaining their linguistic roots, what they mean in Arabic, and the slant the US Media has given them.  Carolyn also addressed some of the many words in English that are of Arabic origin, like coffee, cotton and algebra.

If you are a teacher interested in a similar presentation at your school, please email mec-info@sas.upenn.edu.

CSI Egypt: Teachers' Workshop

The Middle East Center and the Penn Museum are organizing a workshop for teachers on November 3.  All teachers and life-long learners are invited to attend the Penn Museum's first Teacher's Workshop of the season.

Participants will attend interactive lectures on Forensic Anthropology and Arabic language, and have a tour Mesopotamia, Islamic, and Egyptian galleries, including the newly-installed Iraq's Ancient Past.  Also, participants will receive NJ or PA professional development credits.

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.