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Middle East Center

Welcome to the Middle East Center (MEC) at Florida State University. Created in 2006, the MEC's main objective is to provide an academic environment for students from a multitude of disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the Middle East. The MEC also administers FSU's Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.



On Tuesday, February 9, the Intercultural Program Series at the Center for Global Engagement will proudly feature Lebanon! Please join the Lebanese Social Organization to learn about the culture and history of Lebanon through music, dance, and food! 

Festivities began at 7 p.m. in the Globe Auditorium.

Arab Women Film Festival

Arab Women Film Festival

The Arabic Division of the Modern Languages Department is thrilled to announce their upcoming Arab Women Film Festival! Over the course of three weeks, the festival will feature four titles, showcasing Arab women in leading roles. Films will be screened at Askew Student Life Cinema on the evenings of Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8, and showings are free and open to the public. 

The program is as follows:

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (USA, 2015) (Nominated –Best Animated Feature – Independent)
Monday, January 25 at 7:00pm & 10:00pm (1 hr 25 min)

Reception (food and entertainment) between the two showings, at 8:30 pm: Everyone is welcome! 

I am Nojoom: Aged 10 and Divorced (Yemen, 2014) (Winner –DIFF 2014 for Best Fiction Film)
Monday, February 1 at 6:00pm (1 hr 36 min)

Daughter of Keltoum (Algeria, 2001) (Winner –Milan Festival of African Cinema)
Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm (1 hr 46 min)

Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon, 2011) (Winner –People’s Choice Award, Toronto Int’l Film Festival and Audience Award, San Sebastian Film Festival)
Monday, February 8 at 8:30pm (1 hr 50 min)

Please contact Dr. Zeina Schlenoff ( or Dr. Defne Bilir ( for further details.

Zeina Sclenoff

Dr. Zeina Schlenoff, who co-founded FSU's Middle East Studies program in 2002 with Peter Garretson, has been appointed director of the Middle East Center. Congratulations, Zeina!