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. 

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 area.

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.

Aslı Bali: When is a Migration a "Crisis"? Evaluating the EU's Approach to Syrian Refugees.

James Gelvin: 70 Years of U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Aslı Bali: Human Rights in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities.

Nushin Arbabzadah: Media Madness in Afghanistan

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.

Past Workshops

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

Baghdad and Cairo as medieval sites of encounter
A UCLA Center X History-Geography Project workshop sponsored by UCLA's Islamic Studies program and the Islamic Studies-MRI fund.

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 Averroës Lecture Series focuses on Jewish communities living in Muslim lands prior to the 20th century. The program offers quarterly lectures by experts from around the world, publishes the Averroës occasional-paper series, and culminates in 2018 with a major conference featuring young scholars engaged in cutting-edge research on the topic.

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 Iranian Studies program co-sponsors the series.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Aslı Ü. Bâli on the Syrian civil war
Aug. 15, 2018. UCLA Professor of Law and former CNES Director Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana recently published a follow-up piece to their earlier article in The Boston Review on U.S. policy in the Syrian civil war.

Bâli was also recently interviewed about the Syrian war by journalist Daniel Denvir for Jacobin, the left-leaning quarterly magazine. You can find the two-part podcast here.

Monday, July 30, 2018
Time to shift U.S. approach to the Middle East
In an article in Boston Review, UCLA Law's Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana analyze how U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict has escalated violence and harm to the civilian population. They then outline an alternative policy toward the conflict.
"The overriding and immediate obligation of those actors complicit in Syria's destruction is the resettlement of refugees outside of Syria and the provision of basic needs — subsistence, shelter, health and education — to the nearly eight million displaced within Syria," they write.

Friday, May 18, 2018
Azza Ahmad interviewed about PBS series
New children's television series "Let's Go Luna" will take children to many countries. Ahmad is curriculum advisor for the episodes in Egypt.

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Monday, August 20, 2018
New digital archive of ancient Arabic and Syriac manuscripts
Arcadia Fund grant will provide access to rare manuscripts from St. Catherine's Monastery.

Thursday, August 02, 2018
Graduate Fellowships for Middle East Studies
Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline.

Friday, July 27, 2018
Kerr Family Scholar to join UCLA this fall
A graduate student from Lebanon is the inaugural winner of this new fellowship.

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