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CSU, Fresno (Fresno, CA 93740-0001)
Vida Samiian (Project Director: May 2010 to June 2016)
Establishment of an Endowment to Support the Middle East Studies Program at California State University, Fresno

Endowment to advance the Middle East Studies Program (MESP), including salary enhancement for a faculty chair, faculty development and travel, graduate assistantships, visiting guest lecturers, conferences, and curriculum and materials development.

California State University, Fresno is requesting an NEH Challenge Grant of $500,000 to establish a $2 million endowment for the Middle East Studies program (MESP). This permanent endowment will support the following components: (1) an endowed professorship in humanities and language (2) a guest lecture series; (3) faculty development resources and travel for research; (4) student assistance; (5) a bi-annual ME studies conference; and (6) a collection of MES materials. The NEH request is an outgrowth of (1) the development of a ME Studies minor; (2) a scholarship endowment by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute; and (3) extremely positive support and participation from the faculty and the community. The timing for this request is propitious for two reasons. The University is undertaking a major fund raising campaign that identifies MESP as a Tier 1 project, and the MESP is now poised to become one of the University's strongest, most innovative, and most high profile programs.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Challenge Grants

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2008 – 7/31/2015