Contact Information

If you have any questions about the programs offered or would like more information please contact
our IMES Education & Outreach Coordinator
Education-related outreach:  [email protected]

All other outreach programs: [email protected]

Phone: 202-994-7904

K-12 Resources


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Funded through a grant from the the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Resources Center, the Institute for Middle East Studies Outreach Program provides K-12 educators throughout the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and wider region with access to resources, scholars, and tools on the Middle East. We assist educators in teaching about this important region by moving beyond the headlines to provide an in-depth and interdisciplinary look at the Middle East.

Upcoming Events:

The Middle East in Middle America: A Workshop for Teachers

July 31-August 1, 2017

"The Middle East in Middle America" will be a 2-day educational event for Middle and High School teachers on July 31-August 1, 2017 in Washington DC. Workshop session topics will range from “Muslims and Islam in American Media & Culture” to “Music and Political Expression in the Middle East,” and will be led by GWU’s faculty experts. The agenda will include a documentary film screening and a group dinner, and age-appropriate lesson plan materials will be distributed to accompany each session.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and a short paragraph (200-300 words) outlining why the workshop would be beneficial to you as a teacher. Send materials to: [email protected] with the subject heading "Teacher Workshop Application" no later than June 10. 

If you have questions regarding eligibility please email Dr. Shana Marshall at: [email protected].

All expenses (airfare, local transport, lodging and meals) will be covered.


Past Events:

The Encounter: Engaging Narratives from the Other Side

In November 2016 the IMES Outreach Program hosted "The Encounter: Engaging Narratives from the Other Side," a half-day event featuring award-winning author and Iraq War veteran Matt Gallagher, as well as GWU Professors Derek Malone-France and Dina Khoury. The speakers discussed war narratives as a way to process the experience of war and as a means to understand the perspective of those on the other side of a conflict. 

The Middle East through the Lens of Global Competence

In April 2016 the IMES Outreach Program partnered with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in conjunction with their She Who Tells a Story exhibition, which features women photographers from around the Middle East. IMES faculty and staff held an interactive teachers workshop and helped design a series of lesson plans to assist teachers in teaching about the culture and history of the Middle East through the exhibition."


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"