Diverse perspectives


Advancing awareness


The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) was founded to sponsor, highlight, and encourage events that further our academic community's awareness of and knowledge about the societies of South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES is engaged in activities to foster knowledge and debate on those areas on campus as well as among community institutions such as schools, libraries, and service organizations, and we welcome suggestions for collaborative efforts in the service of these goals.

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Alumni Spotlight: Nilufer Duygu Eriten

Duygu is from Istanbul, Turkey, where she lived all her life before coming to the US in 2007. She studied in Istanbul University and has a BA and MA in economics. Duygu graduated from the CSAMES MA in Spring 2010. Her interests are the formation of the ethnic identities in the Middle East and in the Balkans during the nineteenth century, the late Ottoman Empire era and the Turkish and Kurdish nationalism.  

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Teach-in Lecture

Recent Lecture: A Teach-in on the situation in Gaza and Israel

A teach-in on the situation in Gaza and Israel with Hasan Ayoub, Ayelet Ben-Yishai, and Josh Ruebner. The views expressed are those of the speakers and do not represent an official position of the university or the organizing units.