Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events


Human Rights in Iran: A Conversation with Mehrangiz Kar

Monday, October 03, 2016
12:15 PM
Room 1447, UCLA School of Law


Rumi's Mystical Journey

Friday, October 07, 2016
8:00 PM
Schoenberg Hall


Ehsan Yarshater in Conversation with Mandana Zandian

Sunday, October 09, 2016
4:00 PM
147 Dodd Hall

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Center News


Workshop for teachers of heritage language speakers at UCLA

A recent NHLRC summer workshop trained teachers how to teach language classes that combine foreign language learners with heritage speakers; the latter grow up exposed to a language at home while being educated in English.


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In The Media

Armenians in China

Librarian David Hirsch seeks out historical Armenian community in Harbin, China


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Alumni News


Alumna Beth Baron elected president of MESA.

UCLA alumna Beth Baron has been selected 2015-17 president of the Middle East Studies Association. Beth teaches history at The Graduate Center,City University of New York, where she directs the M.A. program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. From 2009 through 2014 she was editor of the International Journal of Middle East History.


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Recent Podcasts

A lecture by Murat Umut Inan (Social Sciences University of Ankara)

A lecture by Michael Cook (Princeton University)

A book talk with Sherene Seikaly (UC Santa Barbara)

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