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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.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2019-2020 and Summer 2019
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2018-2019 and Summer 2019
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.

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.

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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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...

Eisenhower Fellows Fatimah Alhamlan, Deema AlSekait, and Abdulwahab Al Betairi joined us for an engaging panel on the current state of Saudi Arabian society and its future.

The panel was moderated...

Journalist Emily Feldman and Senior Education manager Fareed Mostoufi from the Pulitzer Center held workshop on how to challenge stereotypes about women in the Middle East

On Tuesday August 14...