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.
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.
Law Certificate
For Law Students interested in applications of Middle East and Islamic Studies to Law, the center has created a certificate program that addresses linguistic, cultural and legal issues of the Middle East.

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. Sarah Sharp / Workshop for K-12 Educators
3000 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Dr. Ranin Kazemi, San Diego State University
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 231 3340 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA, 19104
Dr. Huda J. Fakhreddine (University of Pennsylvania)
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 244, 3340 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA, 19104
Dr. Blake Atwood
Class of 1955 Room (Room 241) Van Pelt Library.
Director of Penn in Washington, Dr. Martinez and Jake Gutman, Penn Alum, Carnegie Endowment
Arch Building, Room 108 (3601 Locust Walk)
Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi
Class of 1955 Room (Room 241) Van Pelt Library
Richard Wike, PEW Research Center
Civic Hall, the Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Blackwood, NJ 08012

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 >

Spotlight: Speakers Bureau Program Visits Moorestown Friends School to Discuss Islam

The Speakers Bureau program provides a great opportunity for K-12 schools in the greater Philadelphia area to...

The Middle East Center Translation Contest 2016 Winner is Ariel Resnikoff

The 2016 Penn Middle East Center Translation Contest focused on the translation of contemporary ...

Language Aficionado, Oscar Chim, Tells MEC about His Passion for Arabic and Dr. Huda Fakhreddine Speaks about Arabic Education 

One of our goals at the Middle East Center is to increase...

UPENN’s National Resource Centers Are Now Accepting Applications for the Master Teacher Fellowship in Global Education

Attention K-12 and Community College Educators!