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Writing the Iranian Revolution
April 13, 2017
This conference, Writing the Iranian Revolution: Memory, Testimony, Time, will take a critical look at the 1979 Iranian Revolution as represented in essays, fiction, poetry, memoir, speeches, film, and other arts, and examine the ways that writers, artists, politicians, and intellectuals have depicted the origins and development of the Islamic Republic and the... Read more
Scott Noegel
March 28, 2017
Professor Scott Noegel was awarded in 2016 an honorary Ph.D. in Letters from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee for "significant contributions in the field of Ancient and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures” and for an “extraordinary reputation as a highly distinguished scholar, a respected artist, and community supporter."
Renovated Denny Hall
January 25, 2017
After being located in Condon Hall for a year, NELC has returned to its original home in Denny Hall. We are very excited to share this renewed building with our fellow faculty, students, staff and friends of NELC. Originally completed in 1895, and underwent a major renovation first in 1956-57, Denny Hall is now home to a wide array of high-tech rooms, meeting spaces, and resources. On the first weeks of this... Read more
Afrin Marashi
January 11, 2017
The Afrassiabi Endowed Lecture in Persian and Iranian Studies was held on February 11, 2017.   “Books from Bombay: Tehran’s Print Marketplace and its Transnational Dimensions, 1900-1950” Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor of International and Area Studies and Farzaneh Family Chair of Modern Iranian History at the University of Oklahoma Free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. Reception to follow in... Read more
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January 3, 2017
NELC Assistant Professor Samad Alavi's review of Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu, trans. Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh (2015) is now available online here: See the Review
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January 3, 2017
NELC Islamic Studies Professor Dr. Hamza Zafer is among the four editors of the volume that is the product of the Qur'an Seminar. "The Qurʾan Seminar Commentary is an unprecedented work of collaboration in the field of Qurʾanic Studies, involving the insights of 27 different scholars on 50 different Qurʾanic passages." View Original... Read more
Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA) at the Turkish Republic Day Reception
November 1, 2016
NELC Professor Walter Andrews was awarded the Long Time Service Appreciation award by the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA) at the Turkish Republic Day Reception on October 29, 20016 which was held in Mary Gates Hall. Professor Andrews founded the Turkish Program at NELC in 1968 and on top of excellent work on Ottoman and Turkish Literature, he has been involved in the earliest digital humanities projects at the University of Washington. NELC Chair Dr. Selim S. Kuru... Read more
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April 7, 2013
On March 13, 2013, Morgan Cassell, a Seattle native and University of Washington alumna, was awarded a 2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Rangel Program, Patricia... Read more
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March 26, 2013
Following my graduation I participated in an AmeriCorps internship at a non-profit radio station where I hosted a weekly Arab music and cultural program. I recently relocated to Washington, DC where I will be attending George Washington University in the fall of 2013.
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