President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2015

Harpur College and the Middle East

It is an area of the world integral to the success of the planet, and Harpur College is there


Harpur College’s recent investments in Middle East studies will enable students and scholars alike to benefit from a unique blend of linguistic, cultural and political perspectives.

The study of the region is one of Harpur College’s greatest strengths, Dean Anne McCall says.

“Harpur College has long had faculty working on the Middle East,” she says. “From political science and art history to economics, sociology and history, colleagues bring rare expertise to bear on cultures and issues that are both long-standing and timely.

“Courses across our departments challenge students to incorporate multiple systems and cultures into thinking that accounts for complexity. I am proud of the contributions that our faculty make to knowledge, and I am eager to see how our students will incorporate their learning into their careers and personal commitments.”

The foundation for Harpur College’s emphasis on the Middle East was laid through the 1980s and 1990s by professors such as Rifa’at Abou-El-Haj in history, Richard Hofferbert in political science and Caglar Keyder in sociology.

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