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Center for Middle East Studies


The Center hosts frequent events, many co-sponsored by 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 available and accessible to the university community.

To accomplish these goals, the Center hosts an annual thematic conference, lecture series, panel discussions, and cultural events. You can find out more about all of these here.

Upcoming Events

The Israel-Palestine Peace Process: The End, A New Beginning, or More of the Same? A Lecture by Norman Finkelstein
Thursday April 24 @ 7:00 PM | Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Space

FinkelsteinThe Center for Middle East Studies is pleased to announce the return of Norman Finkelstein - political scientist, author, activist, commentator - to DU for a talk on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Finkelstein is the author of numerous books, including Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End (2012), This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion (2010), Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (2005), and The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (2000).


Why the United States is Giving Up on Middle East Democracy, and Why That's a Big Mistake. A Lecture by Shadi Hamid
Monday April 28 @ 12:00 PM | SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Room 150, Ben M. Cherrington Hall

HamidThe Center for Middle East Studies is excited to welcome Shadi Hamid, fellow with the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, for an afternoon lecture and discussion with Amb. Christopher Hill, Dean of the Korbel School. Prior to taking up his position at the Saban Center, Dr. Hamid served as Director of the Brookings Doha Center and Director of Research at the Project on Middle East Democracy. His new book is Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.