The Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture

News & Events

An integral part of the Center's mission is to plan a wide range of activities to shed light on the major issues in the Middle East and their significance in the global arena. The Center will work to advance knowledge of the relationship between economic development and successful peace efforts. The Center will host guest speaker series, seminars and cultural events as well as dissemination of relevant research reports, media resources and special lectures.

Upcoming Events

Trials of Spring
Film Screening and Discussion with Director & Featured Activist


Thursday, November 19
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
O'Leary Library 222
61 Wilder St, Lowell
Free and open to the public

Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gini Reticker (Pray the Devil Back to Hell & Women, War, and Peace) and Egyptian activist Hend Nafea for a film screening and discussion of Trials of Spring. Trials of Spring is a series of short films that chronicle the stories of nine women who played central roles in the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, Multicultural Affairs, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Center for Women and Work, and PACSI.

Recent Videos

Recent News & Events

Iranian Nuclear Deal: Challenges and Controversies

The challenges and controversies behind the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran – and Congress’ reaction to it – were discussed by foreign-policy and nuclear-energy experts during a forum moderated by Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture. Panelists included Gregory Aftandilian, an associate with the center and a former intelligence analyst with the U.S. Department of State, and UMass Lowell professors Sukesh Aghara, an authority on nuclear security, and Marco Marzo, a former director in the department of safeguards for the International Atomic Energy Agency.

20th Anniversary, Day without Violence
"America in Arab Eyes and Arabs in American Eyes"
Shibley Telhami, Ph.D., reviewed public opinion polls in the United States and the Arab World to assess changing public perceptions of issues that concern both sides. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

United States Ambassador to Israel Honors Professor Rayman as Distinguished American Speaker

Paula Rayman PresentationProfessor Paula Rayman, Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, was honored as a “Distinguished American Speaker” by the United States Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro. She presented a talk, “The Role of Women in Building Positive Peace,” which covered how women’s movements in Israel and internationally are advancing new visions for peace. She detailed the eight pillars of positive peace and ways in which women are bringing new momentum to ending violence and building sustainable peace. Read more.

Middle East Center Trains Jewish and Arab Women in Non-Violent Communication

Professor Paula Rayman, Director of Middle East Center, and Mr. Seth Izen, Assistant Director of the Middle East Center conducted a training in non-violent communication for Jewish and Arab women in Ramle, Israel in November. The workshop was held at Open House, an organization committed to bridging the divide between the two sides through fostering understanding and empathy. Dalia Landau, the co-founder of Open House, stated: "These skills are a much needed life-long practice, we realize, which we hope to implement in our daily life and hopefully to follow up with Paula and Seth whenever they are in the country."

Read more about our past events.

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