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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.

Ugur Z. Peçe, Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, Harun Küçük, Gwendolyn Collaço 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). 
College Hall 209
Various Come and experience the Amazigh language, history and culture in a fascinating work shop that will run in the Golkin Room (Houston Hall 223). 9:30-2:30 on Feb.22. To RSVP write to the Middle East Center's program coordinator Anna Viden by Tuesday Feb. 19. For more information of the content of the workshop please visit the flyer below. We hope to see you there.       
Golkin Room, Houston Hall 223
jamal J. Elias We would like to invite you to a fascinating book talk given by Dr. Jamal J. Elias (Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Elias will discuss his latest book Alef is Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies. The book talk will take place at Penn Book Center, 130 S 34th St at 5:30pm. The book talk will be followed by a reception at 7:00-8:00pm.    
Penn Book Center, 130 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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