A Message from the CMES

Dear Friends of the CMES,  This Thursday November 17, the CMES will participate in the campus-wide fundraising effort known as the “Big Give.” We hope you will take a moment to reflect on what the CMES is able to offer our community, and how far we have come. As those of you who visit us … Continued

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Contemporary Saudi Art on Display at CMES This Fall

GENERA#ION: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia presents UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ first exhibition of contemporary art from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Originally part of a larger exhibition held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco this August 2016, this show offers a glimpse into the work of three Saudi artists. GENERA#ION marks … Continued

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Undergraduate Opportunity at CMES

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) sees seeks qualified and enthusiastic apprentices to assist in running several simultaneous events and initiatives. The Undergraduate Apprentice will assist in setup and staffing of CMES events; serve as a student ambassador to the Berkeley undergraduate community; solicit and curate ideas for future programming; research student organizations and … Continued

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Study Kurmanji Kurdish at Berkeley This Fall

Hûn bi xêr hatin Pola Kurdî ya Destpêker – Welcome to the Beginner Kurdish Course. For the first time, Near Eastern Studies will offer a course designed to introduce complete beginners to Kurmanji Kurdish, the dominant Kurdish variety spoken in Greater Kurdistan and among the Kurdish diaspora, and a language seldom taught in the United States. The course provides complete beginners of Kurmanji Kurdish with a solid foundation in all … Continued

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Brinner Graduate Fellowship

The CMES is pleased to announce the William Ze’ev Brinner Graduate Student Fellowship winner for 2016 is Ayelet Even-Nur.  Ayelet began her graduate studies at Berkeley in 2011, working in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Details about the fellowship, which is administered by the Center for Jewish Studies, are found here.

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Iranian Films Available for Streaming to UC Berkeley Community

The CMES has partnered with IMVBox to offer free streaming of Iranian movies to the UC Berkeley community.  IMVBox—the only legal platform of its kind for Persian-language films—is an online trove of award-winning Iranian movies, including features, documentaries, and shorts. This is a great opportunity for students studying Persian at UC Berkeley. Peruse the titles at the website, … Continued

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CMES Seeks Program Coordinator for Virtual Exchange Project

The CMES is seeking a 50% Program Coordinator to develop the Christopher Stevens Global Ambassador Project, a new virtual exchange at UC Berkeley funded by the Stevens Initiative.  The first review of applications will take place on May 25.   Learn more about the position and apply.

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CMES to Receive Grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative

Monday, April 4 — The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a 2-year grant to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of California, Berkeley, one of 10 new projects funded  through a national competition to use virtual exchange to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people to participate … Continued

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Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Makers: Panel and Discussion

Four of the Berkeley student groups selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University have created “Commitments to Action” aiming to address relevant issues within the Middle East. Every year, Clinton Global Initiative University brings together students, university representatives, and topic experts to tackle pressing global challenges through innovative solutions called “Commitments to Action.” … Continued

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Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Iranian Studies

By Kathleen Maclay, Media relations As Bita Daryabari grew up, she was surrounded constantly by Iranian literature and poetry. She treasured the days spent reading books written in Farsi or memorizing the writings of 13th-century poet and scholar Rumi. “It is a part of your life, your culture,” the former computer scientist and telecommunications manager-turned-humanitarian … Continued

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