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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to announce its first Undergraduate Essay Prize. Students are invited to submit papers from any field or course that addresses a topic relating to the Middle East. Deadline is Friday, April 25.

2014-2015 CMES Undergraduate Essay Prize

Courses listings for spring 2015 with Middle Eastern studies content are now available. Access Course List

Spring 2015 Middle Eastern Studies Courses

On Friday, April 3, Lara Deeb (Scripps College) will present "Anthropology's Politics: Discipline and Region through the Lens of the Middle East." Learn more

CMES Friday Lecture: Lara Deeb

Join us on Saturday, April 11 for "Exploring the GCC," a conference on cultural, political, and social trends in this strategically important region. Register

Exploring the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

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Xenophobia and Alterophobia in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands

The University of Chicago | October 22-23, 2015

A Symposium organized by Hakan T. Karateke (University of Chicago); Helga Anetshofer (University of Chicago), and Erdem Çıpa (University of Michigan)

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NEW! CMES now offers dual degree MA for University of Chicago College Students

To all students interested in BA/MA Dual Degree in Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES): Please come to the information session on December 3, noon at CMES Lounge, Pick Hall 2nd floor, to learn about: • What CMES is and what it does, • Details of the newly created dual BA/MA degree in “ancient” and "modern" tracks in 5 years, • Requirements for applying to the program in your junior year, • CMES programs and curriculum, • Possible scholarships available for the 5th year.

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CMES Awarded Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants

Dear CMES Community:

We are pleased to announce that CMES was successful in the recent U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant competitions for 2014-2018.  Thank you to everyone who played a role in the grant writing process. 

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