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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

Lebanon’s Fragile Political Balance in Jeopardy
A Lecture by George Irani (Associate Professor of International Relations, The American University of Kuwait)
Monday April 6 at 12pm | SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG 150—Ben Cherrington Hall—Josef Korbel School
(co-sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Institute & the Center on Rights Development)

The ISIS Crisis and the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy
A Forum with Ambassador Frederic Hof (Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council) & Rafif Jouejati (Director, Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria)
Wednesday April 8 at 12pm | Anderson Academic Commons—Special Events Room

Bearing Witness, Evoking Empathy: Photojournalists Document Conflict
A Panel Discussion with Photojournalists David Burnett & Abbas Hajimohammadi Saniabadi
Thursday April 9 at 5:00 pm | Shwayder Art Building—School of Art & Art History (‌2121 E. Asbury Ave.)
(co-sponsored with the Vicki Myhren Gallery, Emergent Digital Practices & the Conflict Resolution Institute)

Understanding Sectarianism: The History and Future of the Middle East’s Gordian Knot
A Lecture by Ussama Makdisi (Professor of History & Chair of Arab Studies, Rice University)
Thursday April 30 at 12:00 PM Reiman Theater—Margery Reed Hall