Jere L. Bacharach Service Award

Mary Ellen Lane


2009 Recipient

Mary Ellen Lane

Mary Ellen Lane

In recognition of her exceptional service to the field of Middle East studies; With deep appreciation for over two decades of creativity and determination as Executive Director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers initiating and supporting opportunities for advanced research around the world but especially in the Middle East where her own interests have been focused for forty years; Her pivotal role in developing, expanding and securing funding for centers from Inner Asia to Africa, and for encouraging those centers to expand their reach to benefit local scholars, involve host-universities and organizations and for promoting interregional cooperation often in spite of historical and political rivalries; Through her formidable organizational, networking, fund-raising, arm-twisting and political skills and irresistible southern charm, she has expanded the realms of scholarship, fostered international collaboration, and enhanced the lives of scholars. It is an honor to recognize Mary Ellen Lane whose vision and talent has benefitted so many.

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