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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.

Various Join us for an Information Session on the U.S. Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program. FLAS Fellowships are awarded by Penn's FLAS & National Resource Centers (Aftica, Middle East, East Asia, and South Asia) to undergraduate and graduate students to study a modern language from these regions. FLAS Fellows are provided with a tuition award and living stipend to study their language either domestically or abroad. Graduate student award: $18,000 in tuition credits & 15,000 stipend Undergraduate award: $10,000 in tuition credits & $5,000 stipend Undergraduate and graduate stdents interested in applying for the FLAS Fellowship for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020 are invited to attend. Representatives from Penn's FLAS & National Resource Centers will be on hand to discuss the fellowship and to answer questions. Penn Abroad will speak on how to apply for semester abroad opportunities and where you may use your FLAS Fellowship abroad. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit    
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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. 
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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.  
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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
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