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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.

Rabeah Ghaffari Please join us for a reading and discussion with Rabeah Ghaffari author of To Keep the Sun Alive who will be in conversation with Bill Figueroa 
Penn Book Center, 34th & Sansom
Dr. Sabine Schmidtke, Dr. Charles Schmitz, Ms. Iona Craig, Dr. Robert Vitalis This panel discussion featuring Dr. Sabine Schmidtke (Professor of Islamic History at the Institute for Advanced Study), Dr. Charles Schmitz (Professor of Geography at Towson University) and independent journalist Iona Craig seeks to make sense of Yemen both from a current and historical perspective. The panel is moderated by Dr. Robert Vitalis (Professor in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania). Light refreshments will be provided. 
College Hall 205
Sara Maamouri On February 6, 2019 we will be screening A Revolution in Four Seasons by Jessie Deeter and Sara Maamouri who will also be present to answer questions after the screening. The movie tells the story of two women fighting for their different visions of a demcratic future for Tunisia.  
Fisher-Bennett Hall 401
Sara McDowell This workshop discusses the The Choices Approach to Teaching About Contested International Issues. The cost $145/person includes two curriculum units, lunch, a certificate of completion, and all workshop materials. Partial scholarships are available for pre-service teachers and schools sending multiple participants. The workshop is appropriate for middle and high school history, social studies and humanities teachers. Participants will be immersed in the Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate unit and will experienve one lesson from the forthcoming Choices unit on the Syrian Civil War. To register click on
Penn Museum