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.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2017-18 and Summer 2017
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2017-18 and Summer 2017
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.

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.


Dr. Lauren Ristvet (University of Pennsylvania)
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Ambassador Robert Finn
Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA

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.

Calendar of Events >  Learn More >

Penn PhD candidate and Pulitzer Student Fellow Gareth Smail publishes an article for the Pulitzer Center on multilingualism in Morocco. 

In "Morocco Embraces...

Twenty K-12 teachers from the Greater Philadelphia Area participates in the Global Summer Institute

During the week of July 17-21, 2017, the Middle East Center, the South Asia Center, the...

Middle East Center Teacher Training Workshop on Migration 

On July 10, 2017 the Middle East Center organized a successful teacher training workshop on Migration in partnership with Center for...

Middle East Center Teacher Training Workshop on Islamophobia 

The Middle East Center continues to enhance knowledge about the region and support K-12 educators on important classroom issues....