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.

Latest News and Announcements

May 9: Wendy Pearlman book talk at the Seminary Co-op

CMES is partnering with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to host Northwestern University's Wendy Pearlman on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Pearlman, a professor of political science, will discuss her book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria. A Q&A and signing will follow.

Event information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/190902838168350/

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April 28: "Teaching Arabic: Contexts of Diglossia, Culture, and Heritage"

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to organize this special conference on the teaching of Arabic at the K-12 and university levels. With the understanding that Arabic language education exists on a continuum that spans the divide between high school and college, our program will integrate perspectives on pedagogy and best practices from both K-12 and post-secondary Arabic language educators. 

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April 5: Book talk on Arabic script and print at the Seminary Co-op

CMES is partnering with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore to host Professor J.R. Osborn on Thursday, April 5, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Dr. Osborn will talk about his recent book "Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design." A Q&A and signing will follow.

Event information and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/119033565531748/

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February 17: Workshop on Islamophobia for Local Educators

The CMES Middle East Education Initiative is pleased to announce a professional development workshop for K-12 and post-secondary educators titled "Islamophobia: Identifying the Problem, Exploring Solutions"

Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021 1160 E. 58th Street, Chicago IL 60637

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2018-19 FLAS Competition Now Open

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2018-19

Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5pm CT

Apply online now!

Upcoming Information Sessions:

·         Friday, January 5 from 4-5pm, in UChicagoGRAD HQ

·         Tuesday, January 9 from 12:30pm-1:30pm, in UChicagoGRAD HQ

·         Register for the sessions via GRAD Gargoyle (click on Events>Workshops)

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The Center for International Social Science Research invites University of Chicago faculty to submit proposals to join its cohort of Research Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. CISSR seeks to sustain its dynamic and inclusive community of social scientists conducting empirical research on global issues. SUPPORT FOR FACULTY-INITIATED RESEARCH (at any stage)



UP TO $25,000


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SALAM 2018: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program

Full Scholarship Opportunity to Study Arabic this Summer

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman. SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

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