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Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)

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“Like the Movies”: Fatemeh Moradi’s Journey from Afghanistan to the United States

A student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, NY, Fatemeh Moradi shares her connection with the film “Midnight Traveler” at the Michigan Theater, for which CMENAS offered tickets. Essay has been slightly edited.

CMENAS Alumna and Rogue Baker: Leah Squires

Recent graduate Leah Squires talks about her experience pursuing two Master’s degrees at U-M and what she has been up to since – and it includes bagels!

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies enhances awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in the Middle East and North Africa. This vitally important region of the world constitutes a highly diverse cultural area now undergoing rapid and large-scale change.

Study of the MENA region began at U-M in 1889. Since the inception of the program in 1961, U-M has been committed to area studies and language training. In 1993, CMENAS became a member of the new U-M International Institute, which seeks to stimulate research and teaching on critical areas of the world and to foster cooperation among the university’s departments, schools, and colleges.

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