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Center for Middle East Studies


The Center hosts frequent public forums, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and international conferences. We are happy to co-program with various academic departments, research centers, and student groups across the University of Denver. Our aim is twofold: to promote spirited discussion and research on the Middle East at DU, and to make the best and brightest scholars, policymakers, and intellectuals from around the world accessible to the university community.

Fall 2015 event schedule


Thursday October 15 at 12 p.m.
SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Room 150—Ben Cherrington Hall—Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Russia's Intervention in Syria & US Policy Options—A Panel Discussion


  • Rami Khouri - Visiting Scholar for the Center for Middle East Studies
  • Jonathan Adelman - Professor in the Josef Korbel School 
  • Ambassador Christopher Hill - Dean of the Josef Korbel School 

Tuesday October 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Anderson Academic Commons—Special Events Room

How Regional Powers & Social Forces are Reconfiguring a Fractured Middle East
A Conversation between Rami Khouri & Nader Hashemi

Rami Khouri is Senior Policy Fellow with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and an internationally syndicated columnist. He will be a a Carnegie Visiting Scholar with DU's Center for Middle East Studies in October 2015.

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trials of spring film

Wednesday October 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Reiman Theater - Margery Reed Hall - University of Denver (on the SW corner of University and Evans) 

Film Screening & Panel Discussion of Trials of Spring with featured panelists Rami Khouri, Gini Reticker, & Hend Nafea

Trials of Spring is a documentary film about the 2011 Arab uprisings as seen through the lives of nine women—in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Watch the trailer here.

co-sponsored with the Denver chapter of the United Nations Association of America

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Wednesday November 4 at 12:00 p.m.
SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Room 150—Ben Cherrington Hall—Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Democracy as Civilian Control: Civil-Military Relations in Egypt and Turkey—
A Carnegie Centennial Lecture by Ahmed Abd Rabou

Ahmed Abd Rabou is a Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholar with our center, as well as a Professor of Political Science at the American University of Cairo (AUC).

Toby Matthiesen

Thursday November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Denver Country Club (1700 E. 1st Ave.)

Buttressing the Twin Pillars: The Future of US Relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran
A Talk by Toby Matthiesen,  Research Fellow in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College, Cambridge University

co-sponsored with the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. Registration via Polly Cox at or call 303-321-3231

This event is free of charge and open to the public — but please RSVP here to reserve a spot.