Resources
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship for Penn Students
Interested in issues that are under-reported in mainstream American media? Going abroad this summer to South Asia or the Middle East? Apply to be a Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellow!

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.

Calendar

Jan
26
Dr. Sabine Schmidtke, The Institute for Advanced Study
5:30pm
Fisher-Bennett Hall 231, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Feb
21
Dr. Ami Ayalon, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
12:00pm
GSE Room 200, 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Feb
27
Dr. Alan Verskin, University of Rhode Island
5:30pm
TBA
Mar
5
Dr. Hassan Farhang Ansari, The Institute for Advance Studies
5:30pm
TBA
Mar
8
Dr. Shadi Hamid, The Brookings Insitution
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Mar
13
Shalini Kantayya (Director)
6:00pm
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Mar
29
Dr. Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
7:00pm
Camden County College, Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility

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 >

Placement

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 >

Anna Viden and Laura Zier-Ehrlich Joins Middle East Center

Dr. Anna Viden joined the Middle East Center as Program Coordinator in January 2017. She has previously held positions as Lecturer at the...

The Middle East Center has been re-approved to issue Act 48 Professional Development Credit

In collaboration with the South Asia Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the Middle East Center has...

Middle East Center Islamophobia workshop is featured in PennNews

“Penn Experts Aid Grade School Teachers in Confronting Islamophobia in the classroom"

Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | ...

Middle East Center Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter Published: Check out what we have been up to!

The Middle East Center Fall 2016 Newletter has been released. It includes information regarding...