Northwestern University MENA Studies Program

Overview and Mission

Northwestern’s Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) is committed to offering students and the community at large an in-depth understanding of the region that stretches from Morocco to the Gulf States and Iran, and from the Mediterranean into the Sahara and beyond.

GPD has committed $100,000 annually to The Northwestern University MENA Studies Program to train students in the latest critical approaches to social, cultural, political, and economic forces in the Middle East North Africa region and provide a deeper understanding of their histories and global interconnections. Their signature event, the New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies series, highlights the work of young and up and coming scholars whose work is not only compelling for what it tells us about its particular area of study, but for implementing or developing new methodologies for scholarly work in area studies.

Program Impact

With the support of GPD, The Northwestern University MENA Studies Program has expanded its partnership with the Evanston Public Library, created a new video channel, MENA Dialogues, which features conversations with visiting experts on the Middle East and North Africa, enhanced the development of its online presence and social media platforms, and expanded it’s administrative staff in the 2016-2017 year.

GPD has committed $100,000 annually to The Northwestern University MENA Studies Program to train students in the latest critical approaches to social, cultural, political, and economic forces in the Middle East North Africa region and provide a deeper understanding of their histories and global interconnections. Their signature event, the New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies series, highlights the work of young and up and coming scholars whose work is not only compelling for what it tells us about its particular area of study, but for implementing or developing new methodologies for scholarly work in area studies.

Program Impact

With the support of GPD, The Northwestern University MENA Studies Program has expanded its partnership with the Evanston Public Library, created a new video channel, MENA Dialogues, which features conversations with visiting experts on the Middle East and North Africa, enhanced the development of its online presence and social media platforms, and expanded it’s administrative staff in the 2016-2017 year.

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