Co-sponsorship Policy
The Middle East Center sponsors programs and events serving the scholarly community at Penn that promote discussion of the history, culture, and politics of the modern Middle East.
Media Library
MEC offers an extensive collection of videos and DVDs for free use by schools, groups, and individuals in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region.
At the Middle East Center we recognize our position as a meeting point of different disciplines, departments, and constituents, which allows us to facilitate learning and research opportunities.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission is to raise awareness about the unique circumstances of the Middle East and North Africa through implementing K-14 educational outreach programming, special events and academic lectures relating to the region.


Basak Yavcan
208 South 37th Street Stiteler Hall B26
Juan Ibrahim (UPENN), Atiqullah Faizi (UPENN), Abdullah Pekel (UPENN)
Rose Recital Hall in Fisher Bennett Building (3340 Walnut Street)
Dr. Ranin Kazemi, San Diego State University
Dr. Erika Gilson, American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages

The MMES Degree Program

The interdisciplinary MMES degree program is designed to allow students, both majors and minors, to specialize in the Modern Middle East as a region of the world by combining course work using both social, scientific, and humanistic approaches, underpinned by relevant language skills.

Alumni on the Major

“The Modern Middle Eastern Studies major provided me an exciting, multifaceted lens through which to view a region that has interested me throughout my college career. The interdisciplinary approach offered me the unique opportunity to think about the contemporary Middle East in a nuanced fashion...  More >


The Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) is an interdisciplinary major and provides an education that can lead to various exciting and prestigious careers. MMES alumni have joined and pioneered the government and private sectors, and they have also excelled in the arts and medicine... More >

Outreach Programs

The MEC provides K-12 teachers, as well as the wider public, access to the multitude of resources on the Middle East available through the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Middle East Center (MEC)Translation Contest for 2015 is now accepting submissions. This year the contest will consider original translations of modern Hebrew texts from the 20th and 21st centuries....

MEC Affiliated Faculty, Huda J. Fakhreddine, publishes Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition

The Middle East Center would like to congratulate Huda J. Fakhreddine (Assistant Professor of...

Teacher Training, "Turkey: Then and Now", successfully completed
August 21, 2015
3907 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6031

On August 21, 2015, the Middle East Center conducted a teacher...

MEC Participates in EdCamp
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Claudia Cohen Hall, Terrace Room
Williams Hall, 2nd Floor