Dinner Dialogues are evenings of intercultural discussion focused on one Middle Eastern country’s culture, food, history, and current events. They are held in the home/workplace/business of a volunteer host who invites friends interested in learning about the Middle East and Jiran’s programming.

Dinner Dialogues are led (and cooked for) by a native of the country under discussion, with the help of Jiran translators when needed, and include cultural activities to introduce guests to the designated country’s culture. 

Dinner Dialogue Schedule

April 21, 2018: Egyptian Dinner Dialogue at 7PM

April 22, 2018: Egyptian Brunch Dialogue at 11 AM

May 6, 2018: A Taste of the Middle East at 5 PM

July 15, 2018: Syrian Dinner Dialogue at 5 PM

Watch our Facebook page for more Dialogue Dinner Dates!


Want to come? Email jiran@middlebury.edu with your name, the date of the Dinner Dialogue you’d like to attend, your food allergies/restrictions, and a cultural question you are bringing with you to the dinner table. We will then send you the address of the dinner dialogue.

Want to host a Dinner Dialogue in your home? We provide the food, guest speaker, and entertainment! Let us know the date, address, and if you have a country-theme preference by emailing us at jiran@middlebury.edu for more information.

Dinner Dialogues help fund Jiran’s summer programming in New Britain, CT, and we ask for a minimum contribution of $40/person. All money raised will go directly towards supporting summer programming.