The Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS) promotes a broader and deeper understanding of the MENA region–its histories, cultures, languages, and peoples–through research, education, and K-14 outreach programs. CMENAS is dedicated to creating a supportive environment where scholars, educators, students, and the community have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and to study current and historical events related to the Middle East and North Africa. Your gift to CMENAS helps support student internships, student group activities, faculty and student research, public programming, outreach initiatives, and special courses related to the region.
Gifts support the mission of the Center to host innovative public programming such as our annual CMENAS Fall Colloquium Series where we invite scholars, artists, and activists to give guest lectures on a specific theme such as “Peace and Nonviolence in the Middle East: Arts, Humanities, and Activism.” Your support also helps up to plan special events like our two-day symposium “Syrian American Medical Society: Saving Syrian Lives at the Frontline,” where we invited medical volunteers to raise awareness of the current refugee crisis in Syria. Your gift will also support undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research, study abroad, pursue internships, and present research in the field of Middle East and North African Studies. This past year, graduate students traveled to Israel/Palestine, Morocco, Oman, and Turkey to complete internships and engage in intensive language study. Lastly, your gift will assist in the development of new outreach programs to K-14 students and educators. Your financial contribution will help the Center plan visits and lead workshops at local elementary schools, community colleges, and minority-serving institutions that raise awareness of Middle Eastern and North African history and culture.
Your donation will help students, faculty, and the general public learn more about the cultures, peoples, and histories of the Middle East and North Africa. Your support will help us dispel common stereotypes and give our students and our community a global understanding of one of the most important regions of the world by funding innovative events, programming, student and faculty research, and more.