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Outreach News

The Center has been commended by the Department of Education for its Outreach Program, which works with schools and colleges, community and religious groups, government and military institutions, and the general public to raise awareness and understanding of issues in the Middle East and their importance to our communities.

The Middle East Center partnered with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005 to help develop and support a unique course on “Contemporary Manifestations of Islam” for rabbinical students and seminarians from the nearby Lutheran Theological Seminary in Spring 2006.  Adnan Zulfiqar, a joint Ph.D./J.D. student in the Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations and the Law School, was recruited by the Center to lead this innovative course, which included a service learning component for Rabbinical students and Muslim students from Penn to go to Muslim and Jewish middle schools in Philadelphia to teach students about interfaith commonalities.