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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.

Feb
24
Various PACIE-Penn Middle East Center "Educating the Educator" WorkshopNationalism and Identity in the Era of Colonialism Saturday, Feb 24, 20189:15am - 4:00pmIR110 Amado Recital Hall, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104$15 for PACIE members; $20 for non-members (lunch included) REGISTER HEREDeadline to register: 16 February 2018 ACT 48 Credit: Attendees can receive Act-48 credit. Workshop overview:  The objective of this workshop is to facilitate the teaching at the high school level of complex issues such as Colonialism, Nationalism and identity. By offering lectures and hands-on interactive modules which incorporate both maps and facilitated discussions on nationalism and identity the hope is that the teachers will find useful tools that they can incorporate in their teaching.  Curricula generated from this workshop will be posted on the PA Department of Education’s SAS portal and tagged as meeting global education goals and skills. Schedule:  9:15-9:30am Registration9:30 am-10:00am Introduction (led by PhD-candidate William Figueroa) 10:00am-11:15am Lecture on Egypt by Dr. Ahmed Shokr, Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College11:15am-12:00 Map activity with Mapping and Geospatial Librarian Girmay Misgna12:00-12:30pm Reflection/Discussion (Led by Karim Mostafa, graduate student at GSE U-Penn) 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch1:30pm-2:45pm Lecture on Palestine during the British Mandate period by Ph-D candidate Nimrod Ben-Zeev2:45pm-3:45pm Discussion on Identity led by Dr. Ameena Ghaffar Kucher, Senior Lecturer, Associate Director, International Development Program, GSE, U-Penn3:45pm-4:00pm Concluding discussion (led by Karim Mostafa) Questions? Contact Christina Good at cgood@pacie.org.
9:00am
IR110 Amado Recital Hall, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Feb
28
Cole Bunzel, PhD student at Princeton University Cole Bunzel is a Ph.D. student at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies, where his research focuses on the history of Wahhabism, the puritan Islamic reform-movement in Saudi Arabia. It is the ideological movement to which al-Qaeda and ISIS belong. He will analyze the place of Wahhabism in modern jihadi ideology. Bunzel, who studied and researched in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is the author of From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State.   This lecture is part of a lecture series titled, "Terror in the Twenty First Century- al Qaeda and Their Affiliates. The lecture series is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden Community College Blackwood Campus
Mar
1
DESCRIPTION Taking Stock of Feminisms Today and Looking Ahead Panel 1: 11:00 am-12:30pm In Translation: Transnational Feminisms Today. Introduction by Kathleen Brown, the Director of APC & GSWS. Deborah Thomas then will lead the full group in a discussion. Ann Farnsworth, Associate Professor of History & GSWS Affiliated Faculty LaShawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, Perry World House Shenila Khoja-Moojli, Visting Scholar, Alice Paul Center Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology & GSWS Core Faculty Keynote 12:30-2:30pm- Lunch will be served  H.E. Moushira Khattab, Ph.D., Egypt’s former Minister of Family and Population; former Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa, the Czech Republic and Slovakia; human rights activist, advocating the rights of children and women and former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. In conversation with Aisha Oyebode of the “Bring Back our Girls” Campaign in Nigeria. Moderated by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean for International Programs, Penn Law School. Panel 2: 2:30pm-4:00pm Local Feminisms Today Nora Elmarzouky, Workshop facilitation, Curriculum Development, Civic Engagement Strategies at In-Site Collaborative KC Benchimol, BSN, RN, MSN Student, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing 2018 Panel 3: 4:15pm-5:45pm. Regional Feminisms Today Dixa Ramírez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration, Yale University Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute Perla Yolanda, special reporter, El Sol; community journalist, former educator and social justice advocate, Chiapas, Mexico
11:00am
Mar
7
Barack Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at Haverford College Barack Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at Haverford College, will analyze the currect state of the Al-Qaeda threat and demonstrate how its power is overstated. He will argue that the diminution of Al-Qaeda's power requires a more nuanced response on the part of the United States. This lecture is part of a lecture series titled, "Terror in the Twenty First Century- al-Qaeda, ISIS, and their Affilates. The lecture series is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden County College Blackwood Campus
Mar
12
Mohammed Alyahya (moderator) Bernard Haykel, Peter Mandaville, Karen E. Young This panel will discuss the current state of affairs in Saudi Arabia and runs from 5:30-7:00. Panelists include: Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University,  Karen E. Young, Senior resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.  The panel will be moderated by Mohammed Alyahya, Non-resident Fellow at Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and Senior Fellow at the Gulf Research Centre. 
5:30pm
Stiteler Hall B26
Mar
17
8:30AM- 3:00PM Cost- $95 before January 15th, $145 per person after January 15th: Price includes two curriculum units, lunch, certificate of attendance, and all workshop materials. Partial scholarships are available for pre-service teachers and schools sending multiple participants.  The Middle East Center and the South Asia Center are sponsoring 12 seats for the workshop.  Who should attend: History, geography, government, current issues, AP, IB, civics, and other social studies educators are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.   Workshop includes: An introduction to the Choice's Program award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested international issues; An immersion in two Choices units: The Middle East in Transition; Questions for U.S. Policy and Confronting Genocide: Never Again? (both are included); Experiences in two Penn Museum exhibitions; Six Act 48 Credits (please bring your ID #)
8:30am
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Mar
19
Middle East Center, Cinema & Media Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Cinema & Media Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is pleased to present the 2018 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films from Middle Eastern societies and cultures will be introduced by a presenter with special knowledge of the country, culture, and issues addressed in the film.  The festival is free-admission and open to all! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Monday 19 March @ 6pm | Lebanon The Insult | Ziad Doueiri, 2017 In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court.___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday 20 March @ 6pm | Israel TBA___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wednesday 21 March @ 6pm | Egypt Clash | Mohamed Diab, 2016 Set entirely in a police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thursday 22 March @ 6pm | Iran A Man of Integrity | Mohammad Rasoulof, 2017 A drama about the corruption and injustice in the iranian society.___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Friday 23 March @ 6pm | Palestine Personal Affairs | Maha Haj, 2016 In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________            
6:00pm
401 Fisher-Bennett Hall | Penn Campus
Mar
21
This is part of the Middle East Film Festival. The film, Clash is set entirely in a police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
6:00pm
3340 Walnut St, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401
Mar
22
This is part of the Middle East Film Festival. The film A Man of Integrity, is a drama about the corruption and injustice in the Iranian society.
6:00pm
3340 Walnut St, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401
Mar
23
This is part of the Middle East Film Festival. The film, Personal Affairs takes place in Nazareth where an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the borderm in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor.
6:00pm
3340 Walnut St, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401
Mar
28
Lorenzo Vidino, the Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University Lorenzo Vidino, the Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, is an expert on Islamism in Europe and North America. He will discuss the curent state of the terrorist threat in Europe, from the mobilization of thousands of European foreign fighters who have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq to the many attacks that have bloodied the streets of the Continent. He will also discuss terrorist attacks in the US and compare them with European events.In addition, this talk will also address the response from European and American authorities and their impact on political debates on both continents.   This lecture is part of a lecture series titled, "Terror in the Twenty First Century- al Qaeda and Their Affiliates. The lecture series is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden County College Blackwood Campus
Mar
29
Marie Grace Brown   How do bodies mark and make meaning of our place in the world? From 1898 to 1956, amidst the upheaval of imperial rule, a generation of young Sudanese women performed a careful choreography of body movements to adapt to imperial morals and affirm a new standard of modern Sudanese womanhood. Marie Grace Brown traces these gestures, intimacies, and adornment to demonstrate how the imperial experience was inscribed on women’s bodies. The result is a highly participatory tale of empire that honors the ways in which Sudanese women told their own stories in the swing of their hips and the tucks and folds of their clothes.
12:00am
ARCH 108, 3601 Locust Walk
Apr
10
Zainab Saleh This talk by Zainab Saleh interrogates the reaction of Iraqis in London to the live coverage of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue during the US occupation of Iraq in 2003, which transformed their experience of temporality and their diasporic connections to homeland. She argues that the fall of the statue transformed the Iraqi communities in London from exilic ones – defined by enforced absence, and limited contact with Iraq – into a single diasporic one defined by transnational connections and transmigration. Furthermore, this moment was first and foremost a diasporic event. On the one hand, while it opened up the national space of Iraq to the communities in London, it entailed the disconnect of most Iraqis in Iraq from it due to lack of electricity and the ban on acquiring satellites under Hussein’s regime. On the other hand, it brought Iraqis in London together as a community unified over the fall of the regime, and allayed the deep divisions within the communities. This communal watching of this event made possible the imagination of a “better” Iraq, which sutured together divided exilic communities into a national body and constituted a rupture between two realities, namely the reality of authoritarianism and the reality of US occupation.
5:30pm
TBA
Apr
11
Joby Warrick Joby Warrick, the author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book, Black Flags, will separate fact from fiction about the world's most notorious terrorist organization. He will discuss the profiles of past and present leaders of ISIS and explain how it built its global army as well as whether the impact of the defeat of ISIS's caliphate in the Middle East will usher in a dangerous new phase against terrorism. Warrick will offer insights, stories, and images based upon his many years of reporting in the Middle East. This lecture is part of a lecture series titled, "Terror in the Twenty First Century- al Qaeda and Their Affiliates. The lecture series is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden County College Blackwood Campus
Apr
25
Daniel Byman, a professor in the Security Studies Program at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Research Director of the Center for the Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution Daniel Byman, a professor in the Security Studies Program at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Research Director of the Center for the Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, will drawn upon his work with the (-11 Commission and as an analyst for the US intelligence community, to explain how al Qaeda is distinct from the Islamic State and the broader jihadist movement. This lecture is part of a lecture series titled, "Terror in the Twenty First Century- al Qaeda and Their Affiliates. The lecture series is free and open to the public, however registration is required.
7:00pm
Civic Hall, Camden County College Blackwood Campus