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.
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.
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.


Dr. Jamal Elias, Dr. Cheikh Babou, and Mr. Juan Castrillon
Connector Building Room 101 Camden County College, Blackwood Campus, NJ
Dr. Salam al-Kuntar and Mr. Nimrod Ben-Zeev
Camden Community College
University of Pennsylvania, Carriage House, Penn Museem

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 participates in International Day at Franklin Learning Center

As part of its K-12 outreach program, the Middle East Center participated in International Day at Franklin...

Brahim El Guabli gives presentation about Ramadan to K-5 students at Friends Central School

The Middle East Center's Outreach Programs work with schools and colleges, community and religious...

Announcement and Call for Applications: Iran Graduate Student Workshop

To build bridges across Persian and Iranian Studies programs, scholars from New York University’s Middle Eastern and Islamic...

Rebecca Guenther is awarded the Master Teacher Fellowship in Global Education

Rebecca Guenther is awarded the Master Teacher Fellowship in Global Education for the 2017-2018 academic year.  ...