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

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
27
Penn Museum, Middle East Center Tessa Alarcan Martin, Dr. Marie-Claude Boileau
8:30am
Penn Museum
Feb
2
Mikiya Konagi
5:00pm
Fisher Bennett Hall, Room 244
Feb
8
Emily Feldman
5:00pm
Golkin Hall, Room HH223
Feb
28
Cole Bunzel, PhD student at Princeton University
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden Community College Blackwood Campus
Mar
7
Barack Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at Haverford College
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden County College Blackwood Campus
Mar
12
Mohammed Alyahya (moderator) Bernard Haykel, Peter Mandaville, Karen E. Young
5:30pm
Fisher Bennett Hall 201
Mar
17
8:30am
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 >

New Films Added to the Media Library! 

The Middle East Center adds Tickling Giants, Clash, The House is Black, Tales of Darkness, Turtles Can Fly, Kedi, Before Your...

On Wednesday Dec. 6, Dr. Rayya El Zein, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, held a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania titled "...

On April 3, 2017 Professor Heather Sharkey published the book A History of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Contemporary Middle East. Additional information regarding this book is listed below:

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On October 19, 2017 Professor Nili Gold gave a talk at the University of Pennsylvania in the context of the celebration of...