Nuri Bilge Ceylan at BAMPFA

This spring the CMES is cosponsoring a series of films by renowned Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives, running March 24-April 17. Ceylan’s films have won multiple prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. See the full program here.

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Travel to Uzbekistan with the CMES!

Travel to Uzbekistan with the CMES! In summer 2016 the CMES will partner with GEEO, a nonprofit travel organization offering educational travel programs for teachers, on a trip exploring the cultural life of the Silk Road from Tashkent to Khiva. In addition to local guides arranged by GEEO, travelers will be accompanied by a UC … Continued

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CMES Seeks Full-Time Vice Chair

The CMES is now accepting applications for the position of full-time Vice Chair. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Job Description The Vice Chair works closely with the CMES Chair to develop the near‐ and long‐term intellectual vision of the CMES. The CMES is a … Continued

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SESAME: A New Working Group at the CMES

From the role of oil in the economic future of the Arabian Peninsula, to innovations in green architecture in Cairo, to the effects of climate change on Iran’s agricultural systems, topics of sustainability and conservation are at the forefront of study of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Sustainability and Stewardship in North Africa and … Continued

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CMES Outreach Director Featured in New York Times Magazine

CMES Outreach Director Lydia Kiesling has an appreciation of Uzbek in a recent New York Times Magazine. Prior to joining the CMES at Berkeley, Lydia studied Uzbek at the University of Chicago CMES with the support of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program.

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Prof. Emily Gottreich Named CMES Chair

The CMES is pleased to announce that the UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research has appointed Emily Gottreich to the position of CMES Chair for a five-year term.  Professor Gottreich, who holds an appointment as Associate Adjunct Professor in International and Area Studies (IAS) and History, has served the CMES as Vice Chair for over … Continued

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Student Perspective: Internship at KPFA Radio

This academic year, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and KPFA radio joined forces to create a unique for-credit internship opportunity for UC Berkeley Students. MES197 allows students help create and produce the Pacifica Radio/KPFA program, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa. Interns research topics, write scripts, and learn all aspects of radio … Continued

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Undergraduate Job Opportunity

The CMES is seeking undergraduate administrative assistants to join its active, dynamic team! As an Organized Research Unit, CMES manages an active lecture series, grant programs, and a number other academic and outreach activities related to the Middle East and North Africa. Administrative Asssitant duties include: Staffing the reception desk and greeting all CMES visitors and students … Continued

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“When your gut speaks, listen”: Sarah Leah Whitson’s Commencement Speech at UC Berkeley

On Sunday, May 17, 277 students graduated from the UC Berkeley International and Area Studies academic program, with majors in Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, Political Economy, and Latin American Studies. Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, gave the commencement … Continued

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Call for MENA Salon Leaders 2015-2016

The CMES seeks two qualified UC Berkeley graduate students to run the weekly MENA Salon, an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa taking place at the CMES most Fridays during the semester. The Salon leaders will formulate a topic for each week’s meeting, scour the news media for … Continued

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