The Center's core responsibilities are academic: to help sponsor conferences, speakers, training programs, and other relevant events and activities related to Middle East studies; and to guide and train students who plan to make a career in this field. To support these initiatives, the Center will work, as necessary, with academic and administrative units across campus, and devise strategic plans, both for strengthening and developing Middle East studies at Portland State and for building academic and administrative ties to the Middle East itself. As an outgrowth of these core responsibilities, it will also conduct outreach activities with local, national, and international educational and community organizations.
The Middle East Studies Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. The following video, produced at that time, documents the Center's history.
The University Archives Digital Gallery features images from the University Archives photograph collection documenting Portland State's rich history, including the following images of the Middle East Studies Center dating from 1960-86.
The Gallery's image collections, highlighting campus buildings and events, student life, and portraits of faculty and staff, can be searched and browsed by dates and keywords and are governed by these Terms and Conditions of Use