The University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies serves the national interest through excellence in academic programs, language instruction, outreach to diverse publics, and community partnerships.  The Center supports the University of Chicago's singular and comprehensive collection of scholars and academic resources on the Middle East in fulfillment of this mission.

Individual components of that mission are:

  • to foster academic programs of excellence in Middle Eastern studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels which will facilitate the creation of informed citizens and their placement in a variety of professions--teaching and scholarship; print and digital media; business and banking; diplomacy and government; social services; and domestic and international public policy-making
  • to support University faculty with Middle East expertise in all humanistic, social science, and professional school disciplines through research activities and programming, including public lectures, conferences, symposia, and publications
  • to conduct educational outreach by engaging diverse publics (K-12 and post-secondary communities; local, state, and federal government; U.S. military; media; private sector) with CMES activities and expertise
  • to strategically enhance the University of Chicago library's world-class Middle East collections