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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.

Mar
25
Please join us for the Middle East Film Festival which will take place March 25-29, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. All movies except the Yemenite movie 10 Days efore the Wedding will be screened in Fisher-Bennett Hall 401 at 6:30pm. Please observe that 10 Days before the Wedding will be screened on Friday March 29 in College Hall 202 at 6:30pm. All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information click on the link here and visit the flyer below.
6:30pm
401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Mar
26
Join us for a fascinating talk on workers movements and the Arab popular uprisings of 2011 given by Joel Beinin, the Donald McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University. The talk will take place in College Hall 209 at 12:00pm. Lunch will be provided.  
12:00pm
College Hall 209
Mar
27
We invite you to join us for an interesting talk on violence in the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the 20th century through the case of Crete given by Dr. Ugur Z. Peçe (Assistant Professor at Lehigh University). Dr. Peçe will be in conversation with Dr. Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania), Harun Küçük (Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) and Gwendolyn Collaço (Middle East Librarian, University of Pennsylvania). 
12:00pm
College Hall 209
Apr
5
Join Emile Bruneau and a student-led roundtable as they discuss prejudice and Middle East identities, as well as how the tools of science bear on the problem of intergroup conflict, bias, and prejudice.
2:00pm
Perry World House
Apr
6
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 http://www.choices.edu/event/philadelphia-2019/
8:30am
Penn Museum
Apr
11
Join us for an illuminating panel discussion on the topic of Islamic Bioethics. The discussion features Dr. Hamada Hamid (Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine), Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina (Professor of Islamic Studies, George Mason University) and Dr. Aasim Padela (Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, University of Chicago). The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jamal Elias (Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania). Lunch will be served.   
12:30pm
Claire M. Fagin Hall, Room 218, 418 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Apr
12
Join Steven Brooke in an illuminating conversation with Roxanne Euben and Yoram Meital on social services, elections, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
12:00pm
College Hall 209
Apr
23
Dr. Tahani Amer, Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Dr. Golnaz Vahedi Please join us for a fascinating panel discussion on women and STEM in the Middle East. The panel discussion features Dr. Tahani Amer (Senior Technologist, NASA), Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Golnaz Vahedi (Assistant Professor of Genetics, Penn Medicine). The panel discussion will be moderated by Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering. Lunch will be served.
12:00pm
Arch 108, 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Apr
29
Hisham Fageeh Please join us for an evening with Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh. Hisham's talk will deal with the state of satire and comedy in Saudi Arabia. Hisham will be in conversation with Dr. Marwan Kraidy, Professor of Communication and the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Hisham Fageeh is best known for his YouTube channel (especially the video No Women No Drive) and for the 2016 film Barakah Meets Barakah, now available on Netflix.    
4:30pm
Irvine Auditorium, Cafe 58, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA