Seminar & Lecture Series

CMES's ongoing lecture series cover everything from Modern Turkey to Middle East politics to Israeli culture. We also offer several occasional seminars, as well as ad hoc lectures and events. For a full list of upcoming events, visit our Event Calendar.

Arabian Peninsula Studies Lecture Series

The Arabian Peninsula Studies Lecture Series will address a geopolitical shift in international focus to the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait. This lecture series will cover all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and bring one scholar to CMES each semester for a public lecture.

Arabic Language Seminar

The CMES Arabic Language Seminar is an occasional seminar delivered in Arabic.

Director's Series

The CMES Director's Series showcases the work of scholars from different disciplines working on the Middle East.

H.A.R. Gibb Lecture Series

The Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lecture Series is an annual series of lectures that focus on Islamic studies and medieval history, given by a distinguished scholar invited once a year as the Gibb lecturer.

Israeli Law, Literature, and Society

ILLS aims to stimulate academic debate about the multifaceted nature of Israeli society.

Middle East Forum

The CMES Middle East Forum is a regular seminar series where prominent scholars lecture on the modern history of the Middle East.

Middle East Seminar

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar is a regular lecture series focused on current Middle East politics.

Silverman Memorial Lecture

The Hilda B. Silverman Lecture is an annual lectureship on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli studies, Palestinian and Arab studies, and Holocaust studies.

Sohbet-i Osmani

An occasional seminar which presents the work of historians of Ottoman history.

Turkey in the Modern World

The Seminar on Turkey in the Modern World is a regular seminar focused on modern Turkey.