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siff iranian film initiative
May 6, 2019
The Persian and Iranian Studies Program in the NELC department is happy to again partner with the Iranian Film Initiative to bring new films to the Seattle area.  The Seattle International Film Festival of 2019 is showing four films on Iran during the festival.  In addition, there are many films from all over the Middle East and Central Asian regions to enjoy in the following month.  Please find a full list of the films below. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance, as the films do fill... Read more
Nowruz dancers in traditional outfits perform
April 30, 2019
"As generations pass, it is more and more essential that we support programs like this one (Persian and Iranian Studies) at the University of Washington.  Because without this, we won't have a local archive. We won't have a local source of that education.  We must have that.  We must have that in Seattle." Cyrus Habib, The Lieutenant Governor of Washington State   The vernal equinox, commonly known as the first day of spring, is the exact moment the sun crosses the celestial equator,... Read more
Cüneyt Ozdemir standing before a large crowd introducing his presentation.
April 28, 2019
by Bret Windhauser On Friday, April 26, Cüneyt Özdemir presented on "The Shackles of Journalism" in the modern world.  Özdemir framed his talk around analyzing the relationship between journalists and businessmen.  Journalism as an industry is expensive and needs investment.  But when investors demand a certain political leaning, a truly free and independent press is impossible.   After discussing his at times turbulent relationship with the Turkish government through his reporting career,... Read more
Professor McAuliffe introducing her presentation in front of a full room of guests
April 21, 2019
by Bret Windhauser On Monday, April 8, Professor Jane McAuliffe presented for the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization’s 2019 Farhat J. Ziadeh Distinguished Lecture in Arab and Islamic Studies on the Quran in American. Professor McAuliffe’s unique position as both a Quranic scholar and a Senior Advisor to the Library of Congress informed her presentation as an overlap of these two positions. In detail, Professor McAuliffe discussed the stories of three prominent enslaved African scholars who... Read more
A line of Ancient Iran Day organizers stand in front of a presentation discussing the days events
April 21, 2019
by Jeffrey Haines On December 1, 2018, NELC was pleased to host Ancient Iran Day, an educational event designed to bring Iran’s history to the general public.  Hosting over fifteen hands-on exhibits, lectures, a slideshow of Iranian artifacts and heritage sites, and a family activity area, Ancient Iran Day drew over five hundred students and members of the local community, some of whom encountered Ancient Iran for the first time. Ancient Iran (ca. 4000 BC-651 CE) produced some of the greatest... Read more
Ali Igmen receiving award from John Keeler, the dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburg
April 21, 2019
NELC alumnus Ali Igmen recently received a generous award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The “International Public Service Award” recognizes of his outstanding service to young scholars of Central Eurasia. Professor Igmen has hosted many Central Eurasian scholars from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia at California State University, Long Beach.  Igmen also mentors and serves on masters and doctoral committees for American and European... Read more
Professor Lior Sternfield standing near the podium before his presentation
April 21, 2019
by Hannah Myrick The 15th Afrassiabi Distinguished Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Professor Lior Sternfeld, who discusses his latest work on Iranian Jews in the Twentieth Century “When I tell people I work on Iranian Jews, one of the first responses is ‘Wait, there are Jews in Iran?” said Dr. Lior Sternfeld, an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Sternfeld visited the University of Washington on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 for the 15th annual... Read more
Mediha Sorma presenting in front of her powerpoint in the NELC seminar room
April 21, 2019
by Bret Windhauser Mediha Sorma from the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department presented her research on “Subaltern Mothering and the Political Elsewhere: Militant Mothers of Kurdish Resistance towards a Stateless Freedom.” In her presentation, Sorma used Black feminist theory to present an alternative framework for analyzing motherhood in conflict zones as it relates to Kurdish areas of Turkey which are is appropriate than the more commonly used Western-centric theory. Kurdish... Read more
Ryan Robinson
November 29, 2018
NELC Major Ryan Robinson's reflections on a symposium where he presented a paper on his experience at an excavation site in Turkey As an aspiring academic with graduation on the horizon, my mind has been on the realm of academia and the ways by which I can enter it. From the outside, academia often looks like a daunting, endless stream of names, books, and articles. It’s intimidating; finding a way in can feel nearly impossible from my undergraduate perspective. Furthermore, it’s... Read more
November 29, 2018
by Erin Kelleher On November 13, the UW NELC Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program hosted a viewing of Ela Elisabeth Beken’s documentary A Piece of Germany as part of the 6th Annual Seattle Turkish Film Festival. The film focuses on the stories of adults who spent a significant portion of their childhoods in Germany because their parents had moved there from Turkey as migrant workers. Their families then moved back to Turkey in 1984 following to a German government effort to get these migrant... Read more