Institute for Middle East Studies

IMES Outreach Program

The Institute for Middle East Studies Outreach Program seeks to provide K-12 educators from metropolitan Washington, DC, with access to resources, scholars, and tools on the Middle East. We hope to assist educators in teaching this important region by moving beyond the headlines to provide an in-depth and interdisciplinary look at the Middle East.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI grant, this program will provide no cost workshops and resources to area educators.

Online Resources
IMES Library
Opportunities for Teachers
Lesson Plans

If you have any questions about the programs offered or would like more information please reach out to IMES Education & Outreach Coordinator, Alexandra Perrotti by email at or by phone at 202-994-7904.

Past Events:

D.C. area teens bring veterans’ stories to artistic life in exhibition at the Marvin Center to kick off Veteran Week 2014. This program is sponsored in part by IMES as part of the Title VI National Resource Center programming. To read more about the event visit the event page or look through more pictures of the event on the IMES Facebook page.

GW faculy visited DC Public Schools' Alice Deal Middle to present to 6th graders studying the Middle East. Above, Director of GW's Arabic Program, Dr. Mohssen Esseesy answers questions from Deal's Team Sydney!

To see more photos from this event, please visit the IMES Facebook page here.

GW's Institute for Middle East Studies' Title VI National Resource Center & Office of Military and Veteran Services partnered with Montgomery County Public Schools Visual Arts Center at Albert Einstein to create The Rendering Project.

The Rendering Project takes stories of life in and out of the military uniform and transforms them into art through the creativity of today's youth. Visual Arts students were given veteran testimonials and charged with rendering their experiences into charcoal drawings. The project culminated in a gallery showing and reception at the National Veterans Center on Veterans Day 2014.

For a short video about the project produced by The GW Hatchet please visit their website linked here.

To see more photos from this event, please visit the IMES Facebook page here.

The Encounter: Americans, Iraqis, and a Decade of War

American discussions of the Iraq war often focus on questions of military strategy and regional foreign policy. But what about the war itself? How did Iraqis and American soldiers experience a decade of war? How did they view each other? What lessons have they learned? This unique full-day conference on October 3, 2013 brought together Iraqi students and American veterans of the war, along with academics and former policymakers, to discuss the human side of America’s war in Iraq.

Local teachers participating in the IMES Outreach Program's September 2013 workshop, "Not A Drop to Drink: Water and Environmental Sustainability in the Middle East".


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Upcoming Events

IMES Journalism Initiative
"Reporting Iran"
Featuring Roya Hakakian
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
12:00 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
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POMEPS Book Launch
"The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism"
Featuring Dr. Toby Matthiesen
Friday, March 6th, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
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Phone: 202.994.9249
Fax: 202.994.4055
Twitter: @IMESatGWU

Institute for Middle East Studies
1957 E Street, N.W., Suite 512
Washington, D.C. 20052