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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


Wednesday November 18 at 5:00pm
University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver)
Student Commons Building - Boettecher Foundation Conference Room (1201 Larimer - NW corner of Larimer & Speer)

Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age
Stuart Schaar discusses his new biography of a major Middle East scholar & theorist of the Third World

Food & refreshments will be provided. This event is free of charge and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the CU Denver Department of Political Science, the CU Denver Department of History, the Colorado Public Humanities Project, and the DU Center for Middle East Studies. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Toby Matthiesen

Thursday November 19 at 6:00 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


Tuesday December 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Reiman Theater - Margery Reed Hall - University of Denver (the SW corner of University and Evans)

What's the Future of American Diplomatic Leadership in the Middle East"
A discussion with Roger Cohen

More details to come on this event!