Middle East Studies Program (MESP)
324 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
The Middle East Studies Program’s mission (MESP) is to foster knowledge of the Middle East, its past and current economic, social, cultural, and political developments. MESP seeks to facilitate teaching, learning, research, and public awareness of the diverse array of Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and peoples that make this region so unique.
All countries, topics and political positions are studied. Our broad interdisciplinary approach encompasses the humanities and social sciences as well as the arts and natural sciences. MESP sponsors conferences, speakers, training programs, and other activities related to the Middle East. MESP further seeks to guide and train students who plan to make a career in or related to the region. We prepare tomorrow’s leaders by equipping them with well-grounded knowledge about Middle Eastern languages and cultures.