News & Events

MENA Inaugural Conference, October 21-24

The Program in Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) will be holding its inaugural conference, “Theorizing Current Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa,” from October 21-24, 2015. During conference proceedings, national and international scholars will discuss scholarship of the modern Middle East, critiquing and expanding upon existing models in addition to proposing new approaches for understanding the rich and complex region through a wide variety of lenses and methodologies.

MENA Core Faculty win major teaching awards!

Congratulations to three MENA faculty who have won major awards recognizing their teaching. Professors Rebecca Johnson (English) and Henri Lauzière (History) have both won Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Awards and Professor Hannah Feldman (Art History) has won both a Weinberg College Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowshi . Johnson and Lauzière took home two of only three such prizes awarded, and Feldman’s WCAS award is one of only two in her category. Congratulations! For more, see:

MENA Student Awarded Presidential Fellowship

Congratulations to MENA student Emma Chubb for winning a Presidential Fellowship, the highest honor that Northwestern bestows upon a graduate student!


Meline Toumani

Monday, September 28, 12:00 PM
Meline Toumani has written extensively for The New York Times about international politics as well as about classical music; her stories and essays have also appeared in The Nation, Harper's, n+1, and many other publications. As a reporter she has worked in Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, and has taught journalism in Southern Russia. Her first book, "There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond," was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. Lunch served.