Past Events


Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent

Book talk with Jillian Schwedler
Nov 10, 2022 at -

Protest has been a key method of political claim-making in Jordan from the late Ottoman period to the present day. More than moments of rupture within normal-time politics, protests have been central to challenging…

Queer Afghanistan

Where Bombs Drop, Where Men Dance
Nov 9, 2022 at -


Kurdish Language Workshop

Nov 4, 2022 at -

SEATS LIMITED, REGISTRATION REQUIREDCLICK HERE TO REGISTER   Full schedule:   9:30 am - 9:45 Am: Welcome: Dr. John Ghazvinian    9:45 AM - 10:45 AM: Intro to Politics of Kurdistan: Prof. Brendan O'Leary   

Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution

Book talk with Yasmin El-Rifae and Moderator Yara Damaj
Oct 26, 2022 at

In 2012, the joyful hopes of the Egyptian Revolution were tempered by revelations of mass sexual assault in Tahrir Square in Cairo, the revolution’s symbolic birthplace. Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution is the…

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 -


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…

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…

Saints, Memory & Cultural Exchange between Christianity and Islam

ONLINE Book Talk with Reyhan Durmaz
Oct 11, 2022 at

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER     Join Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Reyhan Durmaz, to discuss her book Stories between Christianity and Islam: Saints, Memory, and Cultural Exchange in…

(EVENT POSTPONED) Camden County College Speaker Series: Understanding the Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, and Outsiders

Bassam Haddad
Oct 5, 2022 at


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…