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Undergrad Symposium
June 14, 2022
The department congratulates our students who presented at the 2022 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium! NELC major Iona Hillman, under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Ketchley, gave a talk on “Politics and Drama: Colonial Egyptologists in the 19th and 20th Century.” NELC Senior Elizabeth Peterson gave a talk called “Tomb in Paradise: The Preservation of the Tomb of Cyrus the Great during the Islamic Revolution.” Her mentors were Professors José Antonio Lucero, Maria Elena Garcia, and Lydia... Read more
Vali Nasr Photograph
June 9, 2022
On Sunday, June 5, 2022 we were pleased to resume the Farhat J. Ziadeh Distinguished Lecture Series in Arab and Islamic Studies after a two year pause. Vali Nasr, Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, presented a talk entitled "A New Era of the United States and the Middle East” that surveyed US policy in the region over the last three decades, touched upon the current state of... Read more
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June 7, 2022
This spring quarter, the students in Persian 454, taught by Prof. Aria Fani, translated excerpts from the "Legend of Siavash" from the... Read more
Aria Fani
June 3, 2022
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization is pleased to announce that the lecture series "Afghanistan through Afghan Voices" successfully drew to a close on Thursday, June 2. The University of Washington (Aria Fani), UCLA (Domenico Ingenito), and Stanford University (Mejgan Massoumi) joined forces last summer to design and organize an expansive lecture series... Read more
May 18, 2022
NELC is thrilled to announce that the Translation Studies Hub (TSH) has been renewed for the academic year 2022-2023 by the Simpson Center for the Humanities. The group's new leadership includes Aria Fani (NELC), Nancy Bou-Ayash (English), and Sasha Senderovich (Slavic Languages and Literatures; JSIS). Established in 2019, TSH was directed by Rich Watts (French and Italian Studies), Heekyoung Cho (Asian Languages and Literature),... Read more
May 17, 2022
We are delighted to again be able to hold our convocation in-person for the first time since Spring 2019 and recognize your many accomplishments. So much has happened since then that deserves to be celebrated. We would be honored if you and your families would join us on Friday, June 10 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in Room 334 of the Husky Union Building as we recognize three classes of NELC graduates: 2022, 2021, 2020.
Forrest Martin
May 16, 2022
We are proud to announce that NELC graduate student, Forrest Martin, is the recipient of this year's Michael A. Williams Award. This award was established by generous donors in honor of Michael A. Williams, Professor of Comparative Religion and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and chair of our department from 1997 to 2005. This prize may be awarded to majors, minors, and MA students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization.... Read more
May 16, 2022
For the first time in my life, I was able to see people like me successfully leading in an academic space. This past week, NELC and the Q Center co-conducted the first panels and subsequent conversations about gender inclusion in language learning. Yahtzee Nico of the Q Center and Dr. Aria Fani of the NELC Department both moderated the panel. The conversation began with Dr. Jeremy Calder (They/Them), who is a professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder. They covered the... Read more
May 9, 2022
Lucida Olson, a NELC major, has received a prestigious Irene Dickson McFarlane Tuition Scholarship for 2022-23. Lucida received enthusiastic endorsement from multiple members of our faculty. When nominating her, they commented on Lucida’s intellectual curiosity and her keen interests in Arabic, French, and sociolinguistics of the Middle East. In addition, Lucida has invested extensive time and energy in NELC's Svoboda Diaries work, a digital humanities project dedicated to transcription and... Read more
April 28, 2022
Thursday, June 2, 2022, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Student Union Building (HUB) Room 332 Map: Here A performative recitation of the Legend of Siavash followed by a panel discussion on reading the Shahnameh today. Event in Persian.  Performers:Mahmood BehrouzianNazanin Ghaziari Dr. Rana SalimiDadyar VakiliReza Khabazian Panelists:Mahmood BehrouzianDr. Naghmeh SaminiDr. Rana Salimi