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Media Studies Professor Karin Wilkins's Center for Middle Eastern Studies receives Title VI grant

Directed by RTF Professor Karin Wilkins, the UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) has, once again, received funding from the US Department of Education (USED) under the National Resource Center (NRC) program under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. CMES has been continuously funded by Title VI since its establishment in 1960.

Covering four years (2014–2018), the NRC grant provides support for many of CMES’s activities, including language and non-language programs, faculty development, public outreach, and support for the Middle East Library Program.  New and notable initiatives during this grant cycle will include collaborations with two minority serving institutions (MSIs): Huston Tillotson University in Austin, to collaborate on the development of a Middle Eastern Studies minor; and Texas State University San Marcos’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, to internationalize training for education students.

The Title VI program has seen reduced funding over the past two cycles—this year fewer awards were issued and the competition was especially strong for programs specializing in the Middle East region. CMES is particularly pleased to have been one of five NRCs awarded to the University of Texas at Austin, along with the renewal of the Center for International Business Education and Research, which is also funded under Title VI.

For questions, please contact:
Karin Gwinn Wilkins
Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Elana Wakeman

Communication and Programs Coordinator


For more information, contact:

Kathleen Mabley at 512-232-1417