About
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.
Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship for Penn Students
Middle East Center and the South Asia Center are now accepting applications in partnership with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for our International Student Reporting Fellowship.
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.

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
15
Rabeah Ghaffari
6:30pm
Penn Book Center, 34th & Sansom
Jan
30
Dr. Sabine Schmidtke, Dr. Charles Schmitz, Ms. Iona Craig, Dr. Robert Vitalis
5:00pm
College Hall 205
Feb
6
Sara Maamouri
5:30pm
Fisher-Bennett Hall 401
Apr
6

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.

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Congratulations to faculty member Mbarek Sryfi for taking first place in The Moonstone Arts Center's Annual Chapbook Contest! 

On Sryfi's collection of poetry, The Trace of a Smile, Margaret Randall...

 Seeking Instructors for LPS Courses

The Middle East Center is delighted to announce an important new partnership with Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies....

Professor Juan Cole visits Penn

On October 16, Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan visited Penn's campus for a talk in conjunction with the publication of his latest book Muhammad...

The Middle East Center hosts Journalist Reza Sayah

On Thursday Oct. 11 the Middle East Center hosted veteran CNN correspondent and current freelance journalist in Tehran, Reza Sayah for a...