American views of the Middle East are often terribly misinformed, based more on Arabian Nights than reality. But this series of lectures and other events seeks to change that. Including everything from well-attended panel discussions on the Iraq war to topical Iranian movies, these programs in the past have offered up a wide variety of opinions. The schedule for this fall includes two talks on women and gender in the Middle East, along with a lecture on the various religions of the region as well as several other topics. For a full list of the activities which will put you in touch with those faraway lands and the peoples who live there, contact the center.