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CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

CMES Adopts the Middle East Studies Association’s Statement Against Systematic Racism and Anti-Blackness

On June 29, 2020, the Board of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) released a statement in solidarity with the uprisings against systemic racism and anti-Blackness. The Executive Board of UCSB’s Center for Middle East Studies enthusiastically supports the below statement from MESA, with emphasis on the need for action above rhetoric. “Black lives matter. Read More ... ...
Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Faculty Spotlight: Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies)

Professor Mona Damluji, in the Film and Media Studies Department, focuses on media in the Middle East and the history of the oil industry’s relationship to cinema in the region. She is the first to say that her path to UCSB has been anything but conventional. She first studied architecture at Tufts University with a Read More ... ...
Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Meet Middle East Studies Major: Maribelle Boutros

Maribelle Boutros has a knack for language.  Learning Arabic and Spanish is central in her studies at UCSB. Boutros — a fourth-year Global Studies and Middle East Studies double major — is an Arabic tutor at CLAS, a translation studies minor, and plans to either teach English abroad or work as a translator. “I love Read More ... ...
Welcome to our three interns!

Welcome to our three interns!

CMES gained three interns.  From left to right they are: Katherine Schwartz, Matthew Ross and Clare Doyle. Katherine Schwartz will be masterminding our newsletter and interviews. Matthew Ross will be leading our social media and events planning. Clare Doyle will be working on our K-12 programming. We are thrilled to have them join our team! ...
CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

CMES Faculty, Mona Damluji, receives NEH fellowship

Mona Damluji (Department of Film & Media Studies) has received a NEH fellowship in support of her writing about the nexus of cinema culture and the oil industry. To learn more see this article in The Current. Congratulations Professor Damluji! ...