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Noah Gruenert in the mountains of Tajikistan
January 14, 2020
Sophomore Noah Gruenert is a NELC major studying Persian who recently had the chance to grow his language abilities and gain publishing experience with Radio Iranshahr. Radio Iranshahr is a national-level Iranian American radio station based in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Formerly known as Radio College Park, Radio Iranshahr was created at the University of Maryland and has since moved toward a nationwide focus for its internet broadcasts. By getting in touch with them in November... Read more
March 20, 2020
The ancient celebration of Nowruz embodies a profound sense of continuity with our forefathers who cultivated the very land that continues to nourish and sustain us today. Perhaps this cherished transgenerational connection is why so many have celebrated Nowruz even during times of political upheaval and social crises. Now another crisis is upon us in the form of a pandemic; our hearts are with the most vulnerable souls among us. In that light, the items that we place on our haft-sin tables... Read more
gary martin cairo genize
February 13, 2020
Dr. Gary Martin published an online article about his text-critical analysis of over 100 Genizah manuscripts containing Decalogue texts. Through analysis of various fragments, he has highlighted a number of scribal and preservation issues relating to the adultery command in Decalogue texts. His work is highlighted as the February "Fragment of the Month" at the Cambridge University Library. This online article is a result of a larger text-critical study on Decalogue manuscripts that Dr. Martin... Read more
Sokoloff Hebrew What_We_Talk_about_When_We_Talk_about_Hebrew
January 15, 2020
NELC Professor Naomi Sokoloff's What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew (And What It Means To Americans) co-edited with Nancy E. Berg (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2018) won a Jewish Book Award in the Anthologies and Collections category. Inaugurated in 1950, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American... Read more
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January 10, 2020
UW Department of NELC and the Persian and Iranian Studies Program extend their deepest sympathies to the Iranian-American community for the loss of so many lives during the recent events. To our students, faculty and community, we stand by you and are here to support you. . A candlelight vigil will be held in honor of those who lost their lives on Sunday January 12, at 5:00-7:00 PM at the... Read more
iae kuru talk
January 6, 2020
Prof. Selim Kuru, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization gave two talks in December 2019. First one, in December 12, organized by Neuerwienerdiwan in collaboration with the Universität Wien- Institut für Orientalistik in Vienna, was a conversation with Erhan Altan on gazel poetry in Ottoman Empire. Kuru stressed the obsessive gazel-writing among Ottoman elite and intellectuals in the early modern era and discussed the possibilities of... Read more
kaptiejns somalia nelc uw
November 6, 2019
By Ellen Rachel Perleberg, a NELC senior student who is actively involved in Newbook Digital Texts' Svoboda Diaries Project.  On October 14th, Lidwien Kapteijns, a scholar of Somali and African history at Wellesley College, gave a talk entitled “History and Song: The (Long) Somali Sixties in Historical Context.” The talk was the second presentation in the... Read more
cadilar karagoz walter
October 31, 2019
NELC shares with you "the Witches," a traditional Turkish shadow theater play performed in English translation to add some good fun to your Halloween. NELC Professor Walter Andrews has always been after spooky projects. In 1980s he developed a project titled "Turkish Shadow Puppet Theater: A Window on Turkey". It was a curriculum... Read more
nelc Prof. Jere Bacharach Presentation on Fustat
October 14, 2019
On October 2, Dr. Jere Bacharach, professor emeritus of history at UW, gave a public lecture through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) called, “Excavating Fustat, Cairo, Egypt.” The lecture introduced both the history of excavation at the site in Fustat as well as the findings of the excavations. By Erin Kelleher, NELC MA student. Erin works on Near and Middle Eastern intellectual history Professor Bacharach explained first that Fustat was continuously occupied from pre-... Read more
Scott Noegel Delivers U-Wisconsin-Milwaukee Commencement Address
October 7, 2019
Professor Scott Noegel was awarded with an Honorary Ph.D. in Letters (2016) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for “significant contributions in the field of Ancient and Near Eastern Languages andCultures” and for his “extraordinary reputation as a highly distinguished scholar, a respectedartist, and community supporter.” This was the first honorary Ph.D. given by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to any of its alumni.  Professor Noegel was also honored by being offered to deliver... Read more