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December 14, 2021
Friday, Jan 28, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.... Read more
Afghanistan through Afghan Voices: Society, Literature & the Arts
January 19, 2022
Afghanistan through Afghan Voices: Society, Literature & the Arts Talks | Conversations | Readings | Visual Inspirations Organizers: Aria Fani (University of Washington), Domenico Ingenito (UCLA), Mejgan Massoumi (Stanford University)Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of virtual workshops that highlights and critically engages with recent scholarship on one of the most culturally... Read more
Piper Coyner
January 18, 2022
Piper Coyner, a NELC major whose studies include archeology, regional cultures and history, and both Persian and Arabic languages, was named the 2020-21 Junior Medalist for High Scholarship. The award celebrates top undergraduate students by recognizing outstanding academic record. Medalists are selected by a committee for their high GPA, rigor of their classes and number of Honors courses. Piper, who has previously was awarded a President's Medal during her first year at the University of... Read more
The Hebrew Kindergarten in Mizoch
December 18, 2021
In Autumn 2021, students in Prof. Naomi Sokoloff’s course on Modern Hebrew Prose translated chapters from a memorial book. Yizkor books of this sort are collections of writing that commemorate Jewish communities destroyed during the Nazi Holocaust. People who escaped before the catastrophe or somehow managed to survive it produced hundreds of such volumes after WWII, each one focusing on a particular place. Those compilations consisted of personal reminiscences, anecdotes about local... Read more
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December 8, 2021
The NELC Department recognizes that the question of gender inclusion in language instruction is vital to the creation of classrooms that are free from prejudice and exclusion. We have prepared a document in an effort to better foreground this question with our students, colleagues, and others. Here, you will find 1) brief notes on the linguistics and politics of gender in the languages we teach at NELC,... Read more
November 23, 2021
Christian references to angels abound in Western art and literature. What about Jewish heritage? Research by NELC Adjunct Associate Professor Mika Ahuvia explores the important role of angels in Jewish thinking. Her book on this topic, On My Right Michael, On My Left Gabriel: Angels in Ancient Jewish Culture, was published in 2021 by the University of California Press. Intrigued? You can... Read more
Hamza Zafer
October 6, 2021
Associate Prof. Hamza Zafer (UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization) is a Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania during Autumn Quarter 2021 and Winter Quarter 2022. The theme of study for the Center this year is "Jews and the Law: Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures." Prof. Zafer's research topic is “Conscription, Captives, and Spoils among Arabian Jews: The Quran and Early Muslim Sources as Evidence for Late... Read more
Gürbey Hiz Visiting Scholar
August 24, 2021
Gürbey Hiz is a Visiting Scholar from Kadir Has University, Istanbul. He will be focusing on his postdoctoral research project entitled “Istanbul in Fragments: A Dictionary by Reşad Ekrem Koçu Before the Encyclopedia” in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) in the 2021-2022 academic year. Supported by a TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) fellowship, “Istanbul in Fragments” proposes research on the distinguished writer and... Read more
August 18, 2021
Want to study a language? Not enough time in your schedule to complete a major in NELC? Consider doing a Minor! The department is happy to announce five new options for Minors as of Autumn 2021: Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and... Read more
Makda Weatherspoon
August 16, 2021
Makda Weatherspoon is a Visiting Senior Lecturer of Arabic from Cornell University. She will be teaching "Media Arabic", "Lights! Camera! Arabic", and an introductory course called "Gateway to Arabic" in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Professor Weatherspoon's teaching philosophy is based on the belief that learning Arabic should be enjoyable and something to look forward to. Moreover, the content... Read more