The Center promotes intercultural understanding through its community outreach series, our presence in the media, programs in schools and community colleges, and public events.

Media outlets regularly consult the Center’s affiliated faculty as Middle East experts. Here is a selection of their opinion pieces, articles, blogs, and interviews.







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News of the Center’s activities is covered in articles and press releases by campus and community reporters. The articles are permanently accessible here in our news archive.






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Curriculum development and dissemination are essential to our outreach program. The Center is a founding member of the Middle East Outreach Council, a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources and activities to further understanding about the Middle East.

Resources for teachers, grades 1-12

Middle Eastern American Resources Online offers lesson plans and videos on Middle Eastern immigrant life in the United States. Our Center developed the site in collaboration with the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center of the City University of New York.

Middle East map tutorial. An online game for learning the names and locations of Middle Eastern countries. Provided by Rethinking Schools, a teacher-run nonprofit publisher and advocate for education activism.

Workshops for students, grades 1-12

Summer heritage language classes. We partner the UCLA Center for World Languages to offer special summer language classes for high school students who speak, understand or hear Armenian, Japanese, Korean, Persian,Turkish or some other heritage language at home and want to learn to read, write and expand their listening and speaking skills. Each year's choice of languages offered depends on the level of interest. The classes offer a fun and challenging opportunity to study the home language and meet other heritage speakers from the greater Los Angeles 

Community College Outreach

Together with UCLA's Asia Institute and Latin American Institute, we work in partnership with West Los Angeles Community College to provide public lectures, concerts, and panel discussions that enhance the College's global studies program and expand an understanding of the Middle East.

Workshops for instructors of grades 1-12 and college

Summer Heritage Language Teacher Workshop. An annual one week workshop sponsored by Startalk at UCLA's National Heritage Language Resource Center.

Recent Workshops

Teacher workshops co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies include:

The Cold War:Teaching with Primary Sources from Library of Congress
A UCLA Center X History-Geography Project workshop sponsored by the California History-Social Science Project at California State University, Long Beach.

The Medieval World Blueprint Workshop
A UCLA Center X History-Geography Project workshop sponsored by the California History-Social Science Project at California State University, Long Beach.

From the Popol Vuh to Pope Francis: Religion in Latin America
A workshop exploring the history of religion in Latin America from pre-conquest through the 21st century. Jointly sponsored by UCLA's Latin American Institute, African Studies Center and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

High school teacher Workshop: Afghanistan
A UCLA Center X History-Geography Project workshop,  co-sponsored by the Asia Institute, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Cities in World History
An institute for 7th grade world history teachers, jointly sponsored by UCLA’s Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Asia Institute, Latin America Institute, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

It’s a Matter of Taste
A workshop examining the role that food has played in history and culture throughout the world. Sponsored jointly by UCLA’s African Studies Center, Asia Institute, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Latin American Institute, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

The Center’s Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran was launched in 2002-03 to promote Middle Eastern languages not only as subjects of study but also as vehicles for intellectual communication.

Organized by visiting scholar Nayereh Tohidi (California State University, Northridge), the presentations have generated wide interest among local Persian speakers, along with students and faculty at colleges and universities throughout Southern California. A larger audience follows the series through our podcasts, BBC Persian, IRTV (Iranian Television), and Radio Iran (KIRN 670 AM). UCLA's Program of Iranian Studies co-sponsors the series.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
From National Star to Enemy of the State
UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris was interviewed for this online profile of Iranian rock music pioneer Kourosh Yaghmaei and the status of pop music in Iran.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Is the Islamic State finished?
UCLA Professor of History James Gelvin offers five scenarios of the future of ISIS in The Conversation.

Friday, November 04, 2016
Making and Unmaking of the Greater Middle East
UCLA's Kevan Harris explores the connection between western spheres of influence in the Middle East since the 19th century and the present upheaval in the region.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
CNES Outreach at West Los Angeles College
Professor James Gelvin examines 60 years of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
When is Migration a “Crisis”?
Professor Aslı Ü Bâli evaluates the EU's approach to Syrian refugees.

Thursday, August 04, 2016
Workshop for teachers of heritage language speakers at UCLA
A recent NHLRC summer workshop trained teachers how to teach language classes that combine foreign language learners with heritage speakers; the latter grow up exposed to a language at home while being educated in English.

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