Educational Outreach

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) coordinates all outreach programs and collaborates with educational institutions, cultural and religious organizations, diplomatic circles, government, the private sector, and the media.

We draw on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of the Middle East in both historical and contemporary contexts. Our principal aim is to create new learning opportunities for K-12 and community college educators, administrators, and students. These opportunities typically come in the form of thematic professional development workshops for teachers, but we work directly with individuals and groups outside of the workshop setting to develop and customize other types of programs. We also organize a variety of on- and off-campus events intended for the general public and other audiences.

For more information about educational outreach at CMES please contact Alexander Barna, CMES Outreach Coordinator and Director of the Middle East Education Initiative, at

CMES' Middle East Education Initiative is funded in part by the US Department of Education.