Greetings MES Students! Welcome back. 

While the semester is just getting underway, it's already time to think about the spring. We have a number of courses on offer that will help you complete the MES concentration requirements. For Foundational Courses: ANTH 1151 may be petitioned to count for MES 0155, Prof. Meltem Toksoz will teach a history course, and Prof. Abed Azzam will be teaching a course in religion. Keep an eye out for the specific course listings!

In addition, my course MES 1999E DISPLACEMENT AND REFUGEES IN THE MIDDLE EAST is now taking applications! Please see the website for more details! 

Finally, don't forget to take advantage of the great opportunities that MES has this semester. Whether you're applying for research travel awards or looking to participate in DUG events, or planning to come join in our many events, MES has many important opportunities for you! Check them out!

Dr. Sarah Tobin
Associate Director, Middle East Studies


Dr. Sarah Tobin holds office hours from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday. Please also feel free to contact her to make an appointment.


Applications for Professor Tobin's spring course (MES 1999E Displacement and Refugees in the Middle East) are due on Saturday, October 15.


Beginning with the Class of 2020, all MES concentrators are required to take an MES seminar, two foundational courses, SIX semesters of language, four elective courses, and to complete a capstone. Seniors are required to present their capstones on May 3, 2017. 
For full concentration requirements, visit the MES website.

Capstone Options

1. Write an Honors Thesis. For those who are already planning to do this, you can stop reading this email now - you're all set.
2. Do an independent study or project (artistic, research, or otherwise) supervised by at least one faculty member for at least one semester under the MES 1970 designation. 
3. Enroll in an MES X-Listed WRIT designated course. Check MES course listings for options.


Mandatory Senior Paper Presentation Day will take place on May 3, 2017. Please get in touch with Dr. Tobin if you have questions about this requirement.


Middle East Studies Undergraduate Research Travel Award
Deadline: Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.
Every semester, Brown Middle East Studies awards two undergraduate students with up to $600 to support their research. All MES concentrators can apply, but priority is given to students using the funds towards research for a capstone or thesis. Learn more about the application procedure
on our website.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: Nov. 16
MES students wishing to participate in a fully-funded immersive, overseas summer study of Turkish, Arabic or Persian: mark your calendars! The deadline for Critical Language Scholarship applications is mid-November. Find out more on the 
CLS website.


Copyright in the Academy
Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Hecker Center

Finding Funding
Friday, Oct. 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Hecker Center

Endnote Basic
Monday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Hecker Center

NVivo: An Introduction to the Sofware
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab

Managing your Citations and Research Library with Zotero
Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Hecker Center
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