The Middle East Center hosts a wide range of public events, including lectures, cultural events, film festivals, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. All of our events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. 

Middle East Film Festival

Sep 23, 2022 at -

Penn Middle East Center, in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Cinema & Media Studies, Jewish Studies, and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, is pleased to present the 2022 edition of New…

Camden County College Speaker Series: Understanding the Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, and Outsiders

Bassam Haddad
Oct 5, 2022 at

In 2018, seven years after the start of the uprising, Syria found itself divided and embattled, with no positive end in sight. More than half of the population had been displaced and the death toll had surpassed 400,000…

Saints, Memory & Cultural Exchange between Christianity and Islam

ONLINE Book Talk with Reyhan Durmaz
Oct 11, 2022 at

Join Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Reyhan Durmaz, to discuss her book Stories between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in Late Antiquity and Beyond.

Egyptianizing Egyptian Cinema, 1896-1934

Mohannad Ghawanmeh, Executive Director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Oct 13, 2022 at

The cinema of Egypt was for decades considered the only industrial cinema in the Arabic speaking world, Hollywood on the Nile as it were. Little, however, is known about the cinema in Egypt prior to its…

Camden County College Speaker Series: Medieval Robots in Islamdom

Elly Truitt
Oct 19, 2022 at

The art and science of making robots flourished across Islamdom from the eighth century onward. This talk will explore the engineering and context behind elaborate water clocks, programmable fountains, musical…

Does the Middle East Still Matter? An Evening with Tor Wennesland

Tor Wennesland, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; in conversation with John Ghazvinian
Oct 25, 2022 at -