Middle East Studies Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The Middle East Studies Center started in 1959 as the first federally supported undergraduate program for Arabic language and Middle East area studies in the nation. Portland State’s Middle East studies curriculum includes foreign language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and Persian as well as area studies courses in a number of disciplines. The Middle East studies program boasts a distinguished faculty and vast library resources.
To further its mission, the Middle East Studies Center solicits grants and contracts from governmental and private sources. The Middle East Studies Center gratefully acknowledges support from the Aramco Services Company and the following program sponsors:
2013 - The U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative provided funding for programming to promote and provide context for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Middle East Studies Center supported both awards to the Portland State University Library. Support for the Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York; additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
2013-14 - An Oregon Humanities Public Program grant supports A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East, a book club series presented by the Multnomah County Library and the Portland State University Department of English and Centers for Public Humanities and Middle East Studies. Oregon Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds the grant program. Any views, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of Oregon Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.