The MEC is highly dedicated towards its mission of increasing knowledge about the Middle East in students as well as individuals in the greater Tallahassee area and the surrounding communities. As such, the MEC hosts a number of events both on and off campus throughout the academic year to enhance its outreach program:
- Middle East Center Lecture Series: Throughout the academic year, the MEC hosts public lectures by international and national scholars on campus so that they might share their expertise on the Middle East and conduct workshops for Middle East Studies majors.
- Middle East Center Symposia: The MEC has organized a number of symposia on various subjects in the Middle East, inviting a group of specialists to the FSU campus to discuss issues of importance to the Middle East. For more information on past and upcoming symposia, please see our Symposium page.
- Arabic Outreach Program: Through the Arabic Division of the Department of Modern Languages, Middle Eastern Studies students have been volunteering in local K-8 grade schools to present the Middle East to their students. This program aims to educate students about the diverse peoples and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa through fun and engaging activities. FSU students interested in volunteering can contact Dr. Defne Bilir (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- The MEC also works with the Service Learning Program within the Center for Civic Education and Service at FSU in order for our students to receive volunteer hours. The training that volunteers receive provides them with the skills needed to participate in school presentations and helps them acquire leadership and public speaking skills.
Participating in one or more of our outreach programs is a requirement for graduation for students enrolled in the Middle East BA program.
The Center welcomes all student, regardless of their major, as volunteers.
A grant from Saudi Aramco has enhanced all of our outreach activities and allowed us to have them free and open to the public.