All events and activities sponsored by the CMES are free and open to the public. The Center also organizes programs that serve California K-12 public school teachers and community colleges.

Teacher Training

In collaboration with the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS), a joint program of the Title VI Area Centers at UC Berkeley, and the Berkeley History-Social Science Project, the CMES supports the professional development of K-12 and community college teachers through workshops and institutes that bring Middle East content into the classroom. The CMES also provides scholarly resources, including curriculum packets designed to inform pre-collegiate teaching on various aspects of Middle East culture.

Speakers Bureau


Need a Middle East specialist to educate your K-12 or community college class on the fundamental tenets of Islam? Or to visit your community college to discuss gender roles and cultural norms in Middle Eastern societies? Or to weigh in on current events at your next civic group meeting?

The CMES accepts requests for speakers on Middle East-related topics on a rolling basis. These topics vary according to our speakers’ availability, but may include talks on religion, culture, language, current events, gender roles, and minority issues, to name a few.

For more information or to request a speaker, please contact us.


If you have experience in the Middle East or specialized knowledge of a Middle East-related topic, the CMES invites you to register for our Speakers Bureau.