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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 11:00 a.m.
Anderson Academic Commons—Special Events Room

The Iran Deal and US Foreign Policy—
A Conversation with New Yorker Writer Robin Wright

Robin Wright is a Contributing Writer at The New Yorker and a joint fellow with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) & the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

This event is co-sponsored by WorldDenver, which is hosting a separate event with Wright the evening of Wednesday September 10 at The Ritz-Carlton, 1881 Curtis St. Register here.


Wendy Pearlman

Two Events with Wendy Pearlman
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University

Tuesday September 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Joy Burns Center Ballroom, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

Denver Dialogues in Peace and Security—A Conversation with Wendy Pearlman (co-sponsored by the  Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy  at the  Josef Korbel School of International Studies)

Wednesday September 23 at 12:00 p.m.
SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Room 150—Ben Cherrington Hall—Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Identity and Protest in the Syrian Uprising—A Lecture by Wendy Pearlman



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 will be a a Carnegie Visiting Scholar with DU's Center for Middle East Studies in October 2015


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 RelationsRegistration via Polly Cox at or call (303) 321-3231