Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Arizona supports and promotes Middle East language and Middle East studies-related teaching and research throughout the University, and fosters understanding of the Middle East through an extensive program of outreach to schools and the wider community.

Our outreach efforts coordinate and support programming related to the Middle East and North Africa for K-12 educators. Through our listservs, lending library, lesson plan resources, and topical workshops, we provide information and resources to facilitate learning about the region and its peoples.

  • Speakers: Would your class or community group like to have a guest speaker address issues related to the Middle East? When possible, CMES will arrange for a University of Arizona student (from a Middle Eastern country or an American expert in Middle Eastern Studies), UA faculty member, or a visiting scholar to give a guest lecture to K-12 and post-secondary classes or to community groups.
  • Lesson Plan Competition: Teachers of all grade levels can win cash, prizes, and prestige by submitting Middle East-related lesson plans they have created.
  • Lending Library: The outreach lending library is open to all to borrow or use our books, CDs, DVDs, VHS films, country themed Culture Kits, maps, reference materials, and curricula materials on the Middle East and Islam.
  • Summer Programs: Excursions and programs offered for teachers.
  • Listserv: The CMES listserv is the fastest way to learn about what's going on... new programs, special events, upcoming meetings, scholarship and grant information and other opportunities.
  • Directory: List of faculty and staff at CMES


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