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.
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.


Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Dr. Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
Camden County College, Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility
Conference (March 30 - April 1)
Multiple Locations (click for details)
Middle East Center Staff
Houston Hall 313, Morris Seitz Meeting Room, 3417 Spruce Street, 19104
Dr. Samuel Helfont, University of Pennsylvania
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
The Choices Program, Brown University
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Narges Bajoughli
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104

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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Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley Speak at Penn

On Wednesday March 1 the Middle East Center in partnership with the Pulitzer Center...

Asia Day Brings Numerous K-12 students and Their Teachers to Penn

On Friday February 24 the Middle East Center in partnership with the South Asia Center and Penn Museum had the pleasure to host...

War Correspondent Scott Anderson Visits Penn

On February 21 at 6: 00 pm, Scott Anderson, a journalist and war correspondent, delivered a lecture entitled “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came...

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...