The Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) explains and analyzes the geopolitics and culture of the Middle East for students, faculty and the community. DUMESC brings the top Middle East scholars as well as renowned Middle Eastern writers, artists and musicians to Duke campus. One of our goals is to encourage academically informed insights into a region that is more often than not understood through reductive cliches.
On Duke's campus, DUMESC creates an intellectual community by supporting curricular programs such as study abroad, DukeEngage, Middle East related majors and minors, and the graduate certificate in Middle East Studies. It also offers a wide array of programming from guest speakers to conferences and film festivals.
With its renowned faculty expertise in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences, DUMESC emphasizes the importance of the Middle East to global education, engaging in a variety of topics from literature to policy. As part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, DUMESC reaches a wide community of scholars seeking to understand the Middle East.