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 coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors.

We draw on the expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to advance a descriptive and analytical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts. Our principal aim is to create new learning opportunities for K-12 and post-secondary educators, administrators, and students. These opportunities typically are thematic professional development conferences and workshops, 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 both academic specialists and the general public.

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' educational outreach program is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.