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Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)

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To forge a more peaceful and secure world

The cohort in the 2020-21 MENA-SEA Teacher Program looks forward to deepening its engagement with the cultures and religions of the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

MENA-SEA Teacher Fellow Wins First Place in 2020 Outstanding Lesson Plan Competition

Amy Perkins, 2019/20 MENA-SEA Teacher Fellow, wins First Place in a national-level competition organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for her lesson plan "Uprooted: How Exile, Community, and Trauma Shape Cultural Identity."

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies enhances awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in the Middle East and North Africa. This vitally important region of the world constitutes a highly diverse cultural area now undergoing rapid and large-scale change.

Study of the MENA region began at U-M in 1889. Since the inception of the program in 1961, U-M has been committed to area studies and language training. In 1993, CMENAS became a member of the new U-M International Institute, which seeks to stimulate research and teaching on critical areas of the world and to foster cooperation among the university’s departments, schools, and colleges.

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