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The Middle East Center at Penn sponsors and supports programs and initiatives across the disciplines and professional schools, and runs a dynamic outreach program in the Delaware Valley. Faculty and students at Penn are also active and prominent in the field of Middle East studies, making significant and highly regarded contributions to scholarly output in their areas of interest. We will continue to update news of the Center's activities and highlight the achievements of our faculty and students here.

Dr. Jonathan Gribetz (Princeton University) Dr. Jonathan Gribetz, Princeton University, will speak about his current work on the history of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Research Center in Beirut. The book he is preparing on the subject is tentatively titled Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel. About the Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Marc Gribetz is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and in the Program in Judaic Studies. He teaches about the history of Zionism, Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, and the Arab-Jewish encounter. His first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), investigated the mutual perceptions of Zionists and Arabs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing the prominent place of religious and racial categories in the ways in which these communities imagined and related to one another. 
Stitler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA
Join the Middle East Center for a lunch workshop on internship and career opportunities in Washington, D.C that utilize a major or minor in Modern Middle East studies (MMES).  Guest Speakers Include: Abigail Denburg, Penn Alum, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Abigail Denburg currently serves as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller, handling a variety of portfolios, including political-military affairs, the Middle East and Africa.  Prior to this position, Abigail served as Staff Assistant to the Under Secretary.  Abigail graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, where she double majored in Diplomatic History and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Abigail will talk how she utilized her MMES major to get the most out of her time at Penn and how she used it to further a political career. Dr. Martinez, Director of Penn in Washington Dr. Martinez is the executive director of the Penn in Washington program, which offers a semester and a summer program in Washington DC. PIW also hosts events on campus during the academic year that introduce students to alumni working in Washington, and Dr. Martinez is a year-round resource to students interested in internships and careers in Washington. Dr. Martinez teaches the core course in the PIW Semester program. More information can be found at  Lunch will be provided. 
311 Griski Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
Dr. Hocine Fetni and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program Assistant Dean for Advising, Dr. Hocine Fetni, and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program will attend to meet with students over dinner. RSVP by: 5PM, Friday, October 21, 2016 RSVP by visiting: For questions, please contact, Assistant Dean, Rebecca Poyourow at 
Mayer Seminar Room, Mayer Residence Hall, Stouffer College House