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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
26
Middle East Center Staff Come and converse with the Middle East Center staff about how they can best assist you in incorporating relevant Middle East oriented content into your curricula. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. To RSVP write to Anna Viden at aviden@sas.upenn.edu We hope to see you there! 
5:30pm
Irvine Green Room, 3401 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sep
27
Dr. Jillian Schwedler, Professor, Department of Political Science, Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY The war in Yemen that began more than three years ago has brought the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to the UN. Contrary to widesprad perceptions, the United States is not merely assisting Saudi Arabia in the war but  a direct participant. This talk will outline the major players in the war, where things stand, and what it means for United States. It will also explore various potential avenues for resolving the conflict.  
7:00pm
The Center at Camden County College, PO Box 200, Blackwood, NJ 08012
Oct
4
Intissar Fakir, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
7:00pm
Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
Oct
10
Amir Ahmadi Arian Amir Ahmadi Aran is an Iranian novelist and journalist, the author of two critically acclaimed novels and a book of nonfiction in Farsi. He currently teaches liteature and creative writing at City College, New York.  In this talk he will discuss his shift from silence to writing about war.  
2:00pm
TOWNE Building 307
Oct
11
Reza Sayah Join us for an evening with veteran CNN correspondent and current freelance journalist in Tehran, Reza Sayah. Throughout his career he has covered major events on location such as the Arab Spring, the Cairo Square Riots, and the 2012 flood in Pakistan. Mr. Sayah will be speaking about his experiences and the current state of reporting in the Middle East, as well as the rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.  To RSVP please click on the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-reza-sayah-tickets-50365488532
5:30pm
Stiteler Hall B21
Oct
16
Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Director of its Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies In this talk Professor Cole will give a talk titled "Mecca as a sanctuary of peace during the Roman-Iranian War" based on his recently published book Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. To RSVP please click on the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muhammad-prophet-of-peace-amid-the-clash-of-empires-tickets-50365209698
5:30pm
Stiteler Hall B21
Oct
18
Kelly J. Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University Join Dr. Kelly Shannon for a discussion of long-standing stereotypes about Muslims, transnational feminism and the global human rights movement, and how US foreign policy has responded to intensifying concerns about Muslim women's rights in recent decades.  
5:30pm
Stiteler B21, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Oct
18
Dr. Rayya El Zein, Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
7:00pm
Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
Oct
25
Dr. Paul R. Pillar, The Iran Project
7:00pm
Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
Oct
29
Lior Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Penn State College of Liberal Arts In the early 20th century, the Iranian Jewish communities were largely disenfranchised, marginalized and, impoverished. By the 1979 revolution, that situation was radically changed. In this talk, Dr. Sternfeld explores the history of Iranian Jewish society in a time of great upheaval and social change.  
5:30pm
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 4C8
Nov
1
Dr. Wendy Pearlman, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
7:00pm
Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
Nov
9
Ayça Çubukçu Join us for a book talk with Ayça Çubukçu, Associate Professor in Human Rights & Co-Director of LSE Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Çubukçu will be discussing  the World  Tribunal on Iraq, a transnational network of activists who worked to challenge official narratives  and hold poliiticians accountable from 2003-2005.
12:00pm
TBD