From 1975 to 2011 Dr. Michael Bonine enjoyed a distinguished career as a faculty member at the University of Arizona, where he was Professor of Geography and Regional Development and Professor of Near Eastern Studies. Bonine brought the Middle East Studies Association national headquarters to the University of Arizona, and served as its Executive Secretary from 1981 to 1989.
He headed the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 2001 into 2011, and was founding director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, established in July 2011. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) in Tucson is one of the Title Vl national resource centers funded by the Department of Education.
Bonine’s love of travel took him to over 120 countries, where he invariably indulged his penchant and talent for photography. His photos grace the walls of the University of Arizona School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS). His family donated many of his photographs to the CMES this past summer, many of which will be on display as part this exhibit.