I felt a strong connection and sense of support with nearly every CMENAS professor in ways that did not exist in my other studies. The instructors are not only extremely knowledgeable and established experts in their fields, but they also ensured a positive and comfortable space for learning and oftentimes went the extra mile to make sure their students felt supported.
[CMENAS] was an exciting place to be [in the 1980s] because so much was happening...We had some wonderful students. They worked in the center and because of their activity, we could do an awful lot more. They were usually willing to help and offer ideas and they came from a lot of different places. I stay in touch with a lot of them and I read their books, I watch their presentations at [the conferences of the Middle East Studies Association], and a lot of the people in the field now were people who were our students.