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Center for Middle East Studies


The Center hosts frequent public events, lecture series, panel discussions, cultural events, and an annual thematic conference. 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. You can find out more about all of these here.

Fall 2015 event schedule

Robin Wright

Friday, September 11 at 12:00 p.m.

Robin Wright - The Iran Deal and US Foreign Policy - A Conversation between New Yorker Writer Robin Wright & CMES Director Nader Hashemi

Contributing Writer at The New Yorker & Joint Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Anderson Academic Commons—Special Events Room

--co-sponsored with WorldDenver

Wendy Pearlman

Tuesday September 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Wendy Pearlman - Denver Dialogues in Peace and Security: A Conversation with Wendy Pearlman, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies, Northwestern University

Joy Burns Center Ballroom, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

--co-sponsored with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy

Wednesday September 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Wendy Pearlman - Narratives of Political Fear in Syria

SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Room 150—Ben Cherrington Hall—Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Tuesday, October 20 at 12:00 p.m.

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

Carnegie Visiting Scholar with the Center for Middle East Studies, and Senior Policy Fellow of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy &International Affairs from American University of Beirut

Anderson Academic Commons - Special Events Room

Toby Matthiesen

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Toby Matthiesen - Buttressing the Twin Pillars: The Future of US Relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran

Research Fellow in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College, Cambridge University

Denver Country Club (1700 E. 1st Ave.)

--co-sponsored with Denver Council on Foreign Relations