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"And we're back!" -- because that's what Google does. And we are back. Back to Brown, back to Middle East Studies, and back to life in Providence. This semester is already off to a fantastic start. MES is offering a wide number of exciting electives this fall. Professor Doumani's required course "Approaches to the Middle East" is also on offer, as is my own foundational course, MES 0155. 

I'd love to see you and catch up. My office hours are Mondays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sign up at the link below. If that time doesn't work for you, please don't hesitate to reach out and request another day or time. Seniors, please feel free to get in touch with any thesis or capstone concerns. And save the date -- our MES Thesis/Capstone presentation is May 3, 2016.

Welcome back.
-- Professor Sarah Tobin
All MES concentrators are required to take an MES seminar, two foundational courses, four semesters of language, four elective courses, and to complete a capstone. Seniors are required to present their capstones on May 3, 2016.
For full concentration requirements, visit the MES website.
This semester, the offered seminar is 
HIST1968 Approaches to the Middle East 
(Prof. Doumani).
This semester, one foundational course is offered: MES0155 Cultures of the Contemporary Middle East (Prof. Tobin). In the spring, Prof. Ahmed teaches HIST 0247 Civilization, Nation, Empire: Competing Histories of the Middle East.
  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. For fall 2015, options are below.
ARCH 0775 Farm to Table: Foodways and Gastro-Politics in the Ancient
ARCH 0152 Egyptomania: Mystery of the Sphinx and Other Secrets of Ancient Egypt
ARCH 1525 Struggle and Domination in the Prehistoric Mediterranean: Sex Power God(s)

ASYR 1700 Astronomy, Divination and Politics in the Ancient World

Comparative Literature
COLT 1814D The Invention of Orientalism: Politics and Fictions of the Orient
COLT 0812G The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in History, Literature, Film
COLT 1814G Arabic Literature

EGYT 1430 History of Egypt I
HIST 0540F Women in the Middle East, 7th-20th C: Patriarchal Visions, Revolutionary Voices
HIST 1968 Approaches to the Middle East

History of Art and Architecture
HIAA 1302 Women and Families in the Ancient Mediterranean

Judaic Studies
JUDS 0050M Difficult Relations? Judaism and Christianity from the Middle Ages to the Present
JUDS 1701 Jews and Revolutions in the 20th Century
JUDS 1711 History of the State of Israel, 1948 to the Present

Religious Studies
RELS 0090J Death and the Afterlife in the Biblical Tradition
RELS 0600B Islam in America
Middle East Studies Undergraduate Research Travel Award
Deadline: November 20, 4:00 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.

Pembroke Research Awards
Deadline: October 9, 4:00 p.m.
The Pembroke Center invites applications from current Brown students, from any concentration or field, to apply for our four research and internship grants for work related to women/gender. Students with projects appropriate for more than one grant may apply for multiple grants.
Learn more about the grants on the
Pembroke Center's website.

Critical Language Scholarship Deadline Upcoming
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.

Discounted tickets for Iranian American Women's Foundation Conference
October 18, NYU Law School

The Iranian American Women's Foundation organizes an annual conference in New York City  where female Iranian professionals in all fields and of all ages sit on various panels to discuss their careers. There are a limited number of discounted student tickets available for $50 for any Brown Student who is interested. 
For more information, visit the conference's
Facebook page.
Screening, "The Wanted 18," dir. Amer Shomali
September 23, 7:00 p.m., Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
Humorous and thought-provoking, "The Wanted 18" shows the power of mass mobilization and nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation during the First Intifada. The film tells the story of 18 dairy cows being brought to the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, as part of a self-sufficiency movement, which were then declared a threat to the security of the state of Israel.  Film presented by Mellon Postdococtoral Fellow Nicola Perugini.
For more information, visit the MES webpage.

Undergraduate Paper Series
September 29, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
Join the MES DUG for the first undergraduate paper series presentation of the semester. Emma Jerzyk '17 will present on "Women and Kemalist Reforms in Early Republican Turkey," and Asya Igmen '17 will present on "Photojournalism in the Middle East: Foreign Media's Potential to Empower Silenced Arab Women."
For more information or to submit your paper to the series, visit the
 MES DUG's Facebook page.
Welcome to three newly-declared concentrators.
  • Sabiya Ahamed '17 concentrates in Middle East Studies and Political Science. She hails from Brooklyn, NY. Sabiya is interested in MES because she loves Arabic and talking about the Middle East (in English or very slowly in Arabic). This summer, she studied Arabic in Jordan on a CLS grant and is currently in Nepal studying human rights. She will be in Jordan next month volunteering with the Collateral Repair Project, an NGO that works with refugees in Jordan. If you want to know more about any of the programs Sabiya is involved in, feel free to send her an email.
  • Adwa Habtu '17 is from Plano, TX and is Ethiopian-American. Adwa became interested in MES after studying Arabic and travelling to the Middle East in high school. Adwa's guilty pleasure is reality shows on Bravo.
  • Emma Jerzyk '17 is from the suburbs of Chicago and is double-concentrating in CS. She enjoys studying MES because it challenges her to be analytical and to think in a different way. 
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