A $400,000 Carnegie Corporation Grant Goes to The Graduate Center’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

The Carnegie Corporation awarded The Graduate Center’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) a $400,000 grant to support the launch of the MESA Global Academy, a joint initiative with the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). The interdisciplinary project is designed to promote scholarship of the Middle East and North Africa by scholars who are in the region or have been displaced from it.

“We are enormously grateful to the Carnegie Corporation for its support of this important initiative,” said Beth Baron, the director of MEMEAC and a distinguished professor of history at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York. “MEMEAC is thrilled to be partnering with the Middle East Studies Association in furthering research and supporting displaced scholars from the Middle East and North Africa region. The Global Academy builds on our history of defending academic freedom and building bridges between scholars.”

By awarding competitive fellowships to scholars from the Middle East and North Africa region to attend meetings, workshops, and conferences, the MESA Global Academy helps individual researchers whose careers have been adversely affected by developments in their home countries. Baron said that The Graduate Center also hopes to host Global Academy events, furthering conversations between students and academics from the region.

The MESA Global Academy is led by a committee composed of MESA leadership, past and present, including Baron. The initiative is sustained through a large university network and key partnerships with organizations such as the Arab Studies Institute, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, the New School’s University in Exile, and the Scholar-at-Risk Network.

Submitted on: FEB 10, 2020

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