Activities and Events

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies holds lectures, conferences, symposia, and other public events throughout the year. The Farouk Mustafa Memorial Friday Lectures Series brings three or four leading scholars of the Middle East to campus during each academic quarter.  The series aims to represent all the disciplines, time periods, and languages of our diverse field. CMES also sponsors and supports a wide variety of student-organized conferences. The Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) workshop provides a forum for scholarly presentations throughout the academic year, and the annual MEHAT conference has grown to become an international event featuring faculty and graduate student research. The Diplomatic Encounters series offers occasional lectures from ambassadors and consular staff representing countries across the region. This series offers a unique opportunity for students and faculty to interact with government officials and understand their approach to public diplomacy. One of our flagship events, the Talat and Isabelle Othman Lecture Series, occurs at least once annually and covers social, political, and economic trends in the contemporary Middle East. In addition to our regular activities, CMES sponsors and co-sponsors many lectures and discussions throughout the academic year that feature scholars, activists, journalists, and working professionals who focus on the region.