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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. Lauren Ristvet (University of Pennsylvania) Please join us for the K-12 Teacher Professional Development workshop titled Middle East: Crossroads of Culture, which will take place at Penn Museum on August 24, 8:30-12:30pm. The workshop features a lecture titled The Making of an Exhibit: Cultures in the Crossfire  by Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Associate Curator in the Near East Section and Associate Professor in Penn's Department of Archeology. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the exhibit Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and a hands-on workshop that focuses on ancient Middle Eastern adornment. To register, please send your name and your grade level to The deadline for registration is August 10.      
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
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 will open in late August. Registration is required. Space is limited.
Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA