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: Umair Rasheed

Umair Rasheed graduated from our program in December 2014. He completed his undergraduate studies in Politics and Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2009. Upon graduating, he joined the then newly-launched English language newspaper, The Express Tribune, as a sub editor on its Lahore city desk. His work as a print journalist provided him with useful lessons about the society and politics in the Punjab province of Pakistan. He left the Tribune to join the research unit of a non-government organization, Leadership for Environment...

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Voices of Nubia

Recent Lecture: Voices of Nubia

Speakers:  1. Faten Morsy, Professor of Comparative Literature, Ain Shams University Cairo 2. Mona Radwan, Assistant Professor of English, Cairo University  3. Pervine Elrefaei, Professor of English, Faculty of Art, Cairo University 4. Sherine Mazloum, Professor of English, Vice Dean of Postgraduate, Ain Shams University. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/1_88ud92v4.jpg?itok=vPzkS7Ck","video_url":"https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_88ud92v4","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","...