Center News

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)

Dr. Vanessa Ogle Awarded Kluge Fellowship

Assistant Professor of History Vanessa Ogle has been awarded a Kluge Fellowship for 2013-2014. Funded by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, up to ten fellowships are awarded yearly to scholars conducting research in the humanities and social sciences, especially those whose studies are interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual.

Ogle teaches and writes about international history, with a focus on interactions between Europe and the Middle East. Her first book, Contesting Time: The Global Struggle for Uniformity and its Unintended Consequences, follows European and American attempts to make clock times, calendars, and social time more uniform.

Ogle is currently working on Owning the Earth: The Struggle Over Natural Resources, a history of debates over who has the right to own and access resources like minerals, oil, and water. Other future projects include the history of Tangier from the 1880s to the 1960s, and a biography of Elisabeth Achelis, who toured the world to promote a standardized, neutral world calendar in the interwar years and after WWII.

2013 Janet Lee Stevens Award Winners

Congratulations to Katie Hickerson and Carolyn Brunelle, the winners of the 2013 Janet Lee Stevens Award. This award is given annually to graduate students in Arabic and Islamic Studies who, in addition to showing exceptional merit in their academic performance, fulfill the spirit of the award by working to improve relations with and understanding of the Arab world. Carolyn is a graduate student in the department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and Katie is completing her graduate studies in the History department.

MMES student receives CURF award

We are pleased to announce that Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz, a minor in Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) has received the Thouron Award for the 2012-2013 program year. The award is administered by the the Center of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) at the University of Pennsylvania. CURF is dedicated to providing opportunites for undergraduate students to pursue independent research.

2013 MEC Undergraduate Essay Award Winner

Autumn Patterson, a senior Political Science major at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the winner of the Middle East Center’s 2013 Undergraduate Essay Contest. Her composition, entitled All that Glitters is Not Gold: The Fate of Regime Change in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, examined the persistence of authoritarianism in these nations since the 2011 Arab Spring. Autumn is presently a research assistant for a book that explores the relationship between India and the United States. She possesses proficiency in Spanish, Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Pashto languages and was recently awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Upon completion of a graduate degree in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, Autumn will join the Foreign Service of the United States.

Dr. Troutt-Powell named as the new Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Eve Troutt-Powell, who has been named as the new Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences effective July 2013. We wish Prof. Troutt-Powell great success in her new position.

Dr. Troutt-Powell in an affiliated faculty member of the Middle East Center and current Graduate Chair in the History Deparmtent. She is a distinguished historian of the modern Middle East, with a special interest in the region's relationship with Africa. Her latest book is Tell This in my Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Empire (Stanford, 2012). She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and in 2003 was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Here at Penn she is a member of the Executive Committees of the Middle East Center and the Center for Africana Studies and is also currently a Penn Fellow.