Possible topics include:

  • Country Specific Themes (i.e. Iran, Iraq, Egypt etc.)
  • Islam and Religions of the Region
  • Politics
  • Conflict and Resolution
  • Holidays (Religious and State)
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • The Ancient Middle East


Would your class or community group like to have a guest speaker address issues related to the Middle East? When possible, CMES will arrange for a University of Arizona student (from a Middle Eastern country or an American expert in Middle Eastern Studies), UA faculty member, or a visiting scholar to give a guest lecture to K-12 and post-secondary classes or to community groups.

If you want to arrange a speaker for your class or group, email Julie Ellison-Speight - jellison@arizona.edu.

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Below are descriptions of a few of our speakers, our 2018-2019 "Outreach Scholars." These are students with extensive experience in the Middle East who give talks on behalf of CMES. 

Tala Shahin, a Palestinian-American, is a junior studying Biochemistry and Physiology with a Minor
in Arabic. She has worked on an interfaith project, bringing together Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and
would love the opportunity to share her culture with others.
     Tala Shahin
Sajedeh Hosseini is a graduate student from Iran, specializing in Iranian Studies. She can speak
about the culture, history, languages, and literature of her country.
     Sajedeh Hosseini
Emrah Karakus is a graduate Anthropology student from Turkey. His specialty is gender politics,
particularly the LGBT movement in Turkey.

        Emrah Karakus

Ida (Zeinab) Sami is a doctoral student in Arid Land Resource Sciences. She comes from the northwest of Iran, so her native language is Azerbaijani, not Persian. She could talk about ecological issues in the Middle East as well as the diverse cultures of Iran.

       Ida (Zeinab) Sami

Mahsa (Samira) Mivehchian is from Iran. A graduate student in Architecture, she is especially
interested in discussing desert architecture in her country.

      Mahsa (Samira) Mivehchian

Zaniar Ardalan, a graduate student in Systems and Industrial Engineering, is a Kurd from Iran. He could speak about the Kurdish people/culture or about cultural diversity in the Middle East.

     Zaniar Ardalan

Islam Shaban, from Egypt, is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering. He would be happy totalk about his country, including the transformation that it has undergone since the Arab Srping.

      Islam Shaban



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