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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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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