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Shaj Mathew Wins the Middle East Center Undergraudate Essay Award 2014

The annual Middle East Center Undergraduate Essay Award continues to draw attention to study of the region among Penn students. This year's award winner Shaj Mathew is a senior Comparative Literature major at Penn, where he studies English, Spanish, and Middle Eastern literatures. An Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Penn Humanities Forum for the past two years, he has also published articles, essays, and literary criticism in The New York Times, The New Inquiry, Lapham's Quarterly, Guernica, and Sports Illustrated. In the fall, he will begin a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale. Shaj's essay was entitled Peripheral Peoples: Istanbul on the Margins of Modernity in Orhan Pamuk’s the Museum of Innocence offers a critical reading of Nobel laureate Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. 

Creating a Global Citizen

The National Resource Centers outreach staff presented "Creating a Global Cititzen" at the EduCon 2.6 conference on Saturday January 25, 2014. The confernence was held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. Outreach staff examined the importance of area and languages studies for educators and their students while offering advice regarding access to resources at the Univertsity of Pennsylvania and beyond.

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Penn National Resource Center Assistant Directors Awarded SAS Staff Incentive Award

Penn National Resource Center Assistant Directors Labaron Palmer (Middle East Center), Anastasia Shown (Africa Center), Raili Roy (South Asia Center), and Melissa DiFrancesco (Center for East Asia Studies) were awarded this year's School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Award for their excellent outreach work. The award was specifically given to recognize for their team work in bringing Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinnoy director to Penn campus for the screening and discussion of her debut documentary saving face. Picture below shows Labaron, Anastasia, Raili, and Melissa during another outreach event, Summer Teachers Institute, in 2013.

MEC Director Prof. Kashani-Sabet's Recent Interview on the Middle East

Born in Tehran, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, spent the first part of her life in Iran during the reign of the shah, and was an eyewitness as events unfolded during the 1979 Iranian Revolution that removed the shah from power and gave rise to the Ayatollah Khomeini.

She stayed in Iran through the start of the Iran-Iraq War, then lived in France for a year before moving to the United States.

The interview can be watched at the following link:

MMES Major Marcus Mundy's World Expands at Penn

Marcus Mundy a senior major in Modern Middle East Studies & International Relations discusses his experiences and travels in Penn News. To read the full interview please follow the link below.

Become a Global Ed Grantee

On Friday October 11, 2013 the outreach team at the University of Pennsylvania's National Resource Centers presented their guide for educators to become global education grant recepients. If you are an educator planning to apply for a travel grant check out this presentation by clicking the link below

MEC Director Prof. Kashani-Sabet is featured at Penn Current

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, a professor of history and director of the Middle East Center, discusses the Arab Spring, U.S.-Iranian relations, a brief history of modern Iran, the current state of the Middle East, and why things may get worse in the region before they get better. To read the full interview please follow the link below.

Archaeologist Mr. Halil Demirdelen offers an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey

Turkey has a magnificent past, and contains archaeological sites of more than a dozen successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Mr. Halil Demirdelen, Deputy Director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, offered an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey, during "Turkish Delight! A celebration and Exploration of the Republic of Turkey on Septmeber 28, 2013. Children and parents of all ages were in attendance for the event.

You can find more news on the event here

Professor of Political Science Dr. Ian Lustick discusses the "Two-State Solution" in the New York Times

MEC affiliated faculty Dr. Ian Lustic wrote an op-ed entitled the "Two-State Solution" published in New York Times on September 15, 2013. Dr. Lustic's article can be read at the following link.

New SAS Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Dr. Eve Troutt Powell discusses goals

Professor Eve Troutt Powell’s appointment as the School of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean for Graduate Studies went into effect on July 1. The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with Dr. Troutt Powell to discuss her goals for her new role and her experience thus far. Here you can read her recent interview with the Daily Pennsylvania (interview link)