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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.

Oct
15
Rashid Khalidi, Joan Scott, Ian Lustick, Rebecca Stein, Melani McAlister, Bob Vitalis, Shira Robinson Book launch of Amy Kaplan's Our American Israel: The Story of an Entangled Alliance. The book launch features Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University), Joan Scott (Institute for Advanced Study), Ian Lustick (University of Pennsylvania), Rebecca Stein (Duke University), Melani McAlister (The George Washington University), and Bob Vitalis (University of Pennsylvania). Lunch reception to follow in the English Faculty Lounge.  
12:00pm
McNeil Center 3355, Woodland Walk
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
Aron Rodrigue, Stanford University Julia Phillips Cohen, Vanderbilt University, Lital Levy, Princeton University, Jessica Marglin, University of Southern California Aron Rodrigue, Stanford Unversity, will be in conversation with Julia Phillips Cohen (Vanderbilt University), Lital Levy (Princeton University) and Jessica Marglin (University of Southern California) about Jews, Muslims and Modernity.   
5:00pm
Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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.  
6:00pm
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
19
Ali Ali-Dinar, Zoe Cormack, Marc Flandreau, Katie Hickerson, Dwaune Latimer, Eve Troutt Powell, Heather Sharkey, Ahmed Sikainga, Alon Tam, Alden Young This symposium brings together scholars of race and slavery, economic history and material culture to understand the violence of Nile Valley slavery and its global legacies. The Nile Valley (from southern Sudan, Egypt and the Ottoman Empire) is the least commemorated slave route, yet slavery shaped the incorporation of the region into global economic and political networks, as well as having long lasting impacts on social and political relationships and identities in the region.  The impetus behind this symposium draws in part from recent initiatives in South Sudan. In October 2017, the Government of South Sudan submitted Deim Zubeir – a nineteenth-century slave camp – to the tentative list of World Heritage sites. Deim Zubeir was an entrepôt of the slave trade from southern Sudan to Egypt, and the Ottoman Empire. It may be the first UNESCO-recognized space commemorating the Nile Valley slave trade, placing the impact of slavery in North East Africa on world history.  Participating scholars will explore events and processes often far afield, ranging from Sudanese soldiers in Mexico, to diasporas in Egypt and the Gulf, to the creation of the discipline of anthropology and ethnographic collections in European and American museums. Space is limited. To register, please follow this link to the Eventbrite page and enter the password “Legacies”: https://globallegacies.eventbrite.com
9:00am
Alice Paul Center Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3rd Floor
Oct
24
Kimberly Pulliam and Mohammed Salih Nowhere to Hide, a film by Zaradasht Ahmed, follows nurse Nori Sharif through five years in the "Triangle of Death" in Central Iraq. Introduction and Q&A are hosted by Kimberley Pulliam and Mohammed Salih. Kimberly Pulliam who is a registered nurse and currently a Penn MSN student worked for 18 years as a community organizer for health programs in Afghanistan. Mohammed Salih, a scholar from Iraqi Kurdistan and currently a PhD-student at the Annenberg School of Communication is a former freelance journalist who covered the Islamic state. To RSVP click on this link: http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/calendar/#event_id/2735/view/event
6:30pm
Claire M. Fagin Hall 216, 418 Curie Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104
Oct
25
Emily Sutcliffe, Director of Social Justice at Penn Law, Raha Rafii, Ph.D. Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at UPenn This workshop which deals with women in the Middle East features Emily Sutcliffe and Raha Rafii. Teachers will receive credit and a $50 stipend for a submitted lesson plan. Please contact Valerie Concordia to sign up: 856-227-7200 x 4333 vconcordia@camdencc.edu
4:30pm
The Center at Camden County College, Room 101, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus
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
Oct
31
Azadeh Akhlaghi Azadeh Akhlaghi's photography has been exhibited  in prestigious exhibitions and galleries around the world. Her innovative work includes staging political deaths in the history of contemporary Iran. At this special exposition, she wil be discussing the significance of this project in the context of the post-revolutionary Islamic Republic. 
2:00pm
Meyerson Hall, Room B2, 210 South 34th Street. Philadelphia . PA . 19104
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 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