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Center for the Study of the Middle East Panel
Welcome CSME
Upcoming Events


Monday, February 2, 4-6p

“The Foreign Mother Tongue”, Lecture by Bestselling Author Sayed Kashua

Location: Ballantine Hall, Rm 310

*Co-Sponsoring with Jewish Studies Program


Monday, February 9, 4-6p

“Covering Islam 2015 with Arsalan Iftikhar”

Location: Grand Hall of the Neal Marshall Black Cultural Center



Wednesday, February 11, 11:45a

Lunch and a Lecture: "Does Iran still need a Supreme Leader?", by Prof. Choksy

Location: CSME, 1105 E Atwater


Wednesday, February 18, 4:30-6:30p

"My Voice Is My Weapon": Book Signing and Lecture by Prof. David McDonald

Location: IMU, Dogwood Room


Thursday, February 26, 12-1:30p

Forum discussion with University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Prof. Haider Ala Hamoudi

Location: Maurer School of Law, Rm 125


Monday, March 2, 12-1p

Lunch and a Lecture: "Gender ideology in North Africa and the Middle East", by Tamara van der Does, Graduate Student in the Dept. of Sociology

Location: CSME, 1105 E Atwater



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"States of Palestine at the International Arena: A Discussion on Current Events in Palestine" - A Lecture by Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations


Jan. 20, 2015






Congratulations to CSME affiliate professor, Dr. Salih Altoma, for receiving the Mentoring Award from the Middle East Studies Association! The MESA Mentor Award recognizes exceptional retired faculty members and the contributions they have made to educating and training others.












Congratulations to CSME affiliate professor of ethnomusicology, Dr. David McDonald, for receiving two of the field's top honors for excellence in folklore and ethnomusicology scholarship! Prof. McDonald received the Chicago Folklore Prize for his book "My Voice Is My Weapon", and the Jaap Kunst Prize for his article "Imaginaries of Exile and Emergence in Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Hip-Hop".