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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.

Sep
25
Salam Al-Kuntar We are pleased to offer a five-lecture series on Refugees and Migration, September - October, 2017. The lecture series is cosponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey and the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and hosted by The Center for Civic Leadership at Camden CC. The series will provide professional education credits to teachers in NJ and PA. 9/25 Lecture 2: "Displacement and Forced Migration of Syrians and Iraqis: Cultural Impacts in the Middle East and Beyond" Salam Al-Kuntar is visiting Assistant Profesor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Al-Kuntar will consider cultural heritage as a human right that defines who we are, our cultures and the multilayered identities that we carry as people, especially in the Midde East - the contested heritage, our affinity to the region, and the different ethnic groups, religions, and stories of mankind.
7:00pm
Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College
Sep
26
Brahim El Guabli The Middle East Center and the Center for Africana Studies Presents Moroccan Literature Remembers Moroccan Jews: Memory and the Promise of a New Morocco Brahim El Guabli- PhD candidate at Princeton University Moroccan Jews' life and memories among Muslins have been absented from official history and "tabooed" in institutionalized social memory for a long time. As a result of the Arab-Israeli struggle and the internal political strife in Morocco throughout the post-independence period (1956-1999), a multilevel silence was imposed on the memory of the departed Jews. Generations of Moroccans grew up ignoring the fact that that until fairly recently (1967) their cities and villages were teeming with a vibrant Jewish population whose lives were entirely entangled with the Muslims'. Joining ethnographic work on Moroccan Jews, literature, both in Arabic and French by Muslim Moroccans, recreates a world inhabited by both Jews and Muslims in order to account for Moroccan society's loss of its Jews. Literature has, as a result, become a locus in which historiographical forgetfulness is actively contested and a space in which a bygone world is recreated through various mnemonic operations. 
5:30pm
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th street, 19104 Philadelphia
Sep
29
The Middle East Center is searching for a new T-shirt design for our Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) major and minor. Ideal design will be eye catching and original. $100 Prize will be awarded to the winning design. The design will be printed on a Royal Blue colored T-shirt. Design must include the Middle East Center logo. Submissions can be sent to mec-info@sas.upenn.edu Deadline is Friday, September 29th at 11:59PM  
11:45pm
Oct
2
Chris Gratien We are pleased to offer a five-lecture series on Refugees and Migration, September - October, 2017. The lecture series is cosponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey and the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and hosted by The Center for Civic Leadership at Camden CC. The series will provide professional education credits to teachers in NJ and PA. 10/2 Lecture 3: Chris Gratien is an Academy Scholar at Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Professor Gratien will examine why the history of the Ottoman Empire is critical to understanding the history of global migration and politics surrounding immigration and refugees in the US, Europe, and beyond.
7:00pm
Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College
Oct
12
Ambassador Robert Finn Nobel laurate Orhan Pamuk sits down with former Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Finn, scholar of Turkish literature and translator of Pamuk’s Silent House (2012). Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in 2006. His novel My Name is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages. With Ambassador Finn, he will discuss his latest novel, The Red-Haired Women (2016), and other books as well as the current state of literary and cultural life in his country.    Registration is required. Space is limited. To register please click on the link or visit the website listed below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-orhan-pamuk-tickets-36586397901 
12:30pm
Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA
Oct
16
Fernando Chang-Muy We are pleased to offer a five-lecture series on Refugees and Migration, September - October, 2017. The lecture series is cosponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey and the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and hosted by The Center for Civic Leadership at Camden CC. The series will provide professional education credits to teachers in NJ and PA. 10/16 Lecture 4: Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer on Refuge Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Law. Professor Chang-Muy will provide an overview of immigrant and refugee law and policy.
7:00pm
Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College
Oct
19
Nili Gold   Author of Haifa: A City of Steps, Nili Gold, will provide a lecture about her book, which will be followed by a reception and book signing. The book will be available for purchase. Information about the book:  A rich look, from a native daughter, at the evolving relations of people, architecture, and landscape in Haifa over several decades Nili Gold, who was born in Haifa to German-speaking parents in 1948, the first year of Israeli statehood, here offers a remarkable homage to her native city during its heyday as an international port and cultural center. Spanning the 1920s and ’30s, when Jews and Arabs lived together amicably and buildings were erected that reflected European, modernist, Jewish, and Arab architectural influences, through 1948, when most Arabs left, and into the ’50s and ’60s burgeoning of the young state of Israel, Gold anchors her personal and family history in five landmark clusters. All in the neighborhood of Hadar HaCarmel, these landmarks define Haifa as a whole. In exquisite detail, Gold describes Memorial Park and its environs, including the border between the largest Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Haifa; the intersection of Herzl and Balfour Streets, whose highlight is the European/Middle Eastern Technion edifice; Talpiot Market, recalling Haifa as a lively commercial hub; Alliance High School and the Great Synagogue, the former dedicated to instilling a love of intellectual pursuits, while the synagogue was an arm of the dominant Israeli religious establishment; the Ge’ula Elementary School and neighboring buildings that played a historical role, among them, the Struck House, with its Arab-inspired architecture—all against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain, sea, and bay, and their reverberations in memory and literature. Illustrated with more than thirty-five photographs and six maps, Gold’s astute observations of the changing landscape of her childhood and youth highlight literary works that portray deeply held feelings for Haifa, by such canonical Israeli writers as A. B. Yehoshua, Sami Michael, and Dahlia Ravikovitch. For more information on Haifa, City of Steps, follow this link to the University Press of New England: http://www.upne.com/1512601183.html
5:00pm
Fisher-Bennett, Room 401
Oct
26
Middle East Center and Yalla Penn's Premiere Middle Eastern Dance & Drum Troupe, Yalla and the Middle East Center present: Yalla Performance and Belly Dancing Lessons at the Platt Student Performing Art House, Room 160 Stouffer Commons
5:30pm
Platt Student Performing Art House, Room 106 Stouffer Commons
Oct
30
B. Harun Küçük We are pleased to offer a five-lecture series on Refugees and Migration, September - October, 2017. The lecture series is cosponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey and the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and hosted by The Center for Civic Leadership at Camden CC. The series will provide professional education credits to teachers in NJ and PA. 10/30 Lecture 5: B. Harun Küçük is an Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center. Dr. Küçük will examine how scholars, craftsmen, and prisoners of war integrated themsleves into urban life in Istanbul during the time of the Ottoman Empire.
7:00pm
Blackwood Campus of Camden Community College
Nov
8
Pamela Karimi Please join us for a talk by Pamela Karimi from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on her upcoming research project, "Designing Dissidence: INstituting and Inhabiting the Iranian Underground".
3:30pm
Annenberg 111, Annenberg School of Communication, 3620 Walnut St
Nov
27
Nahid Siamdoust Please join us for a talk by Nahid Siamdoust for a talk about her recent book, "Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran".
3:30pm
College Hall 200 (Class of 1954 Lecture Hall)