The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) engages in the interdisciplinary humanistic study and teaching of the cultures of the Near East (often called the Middle East) as they express themselves in languages and texts, including both written and oral sources, as well as art, architecture, archaeology and material culture.

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NELC Newsletter - Second Issue

We wanted to let you know what we've been up to since our last issue.  Click here to view or download Volume 2!

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2021 NELC Newsletter



Silenced Voices and Political Struggle of Minority Groups in Iran and Diaspora
Dr. Fatemeh Shams, Moderator
Dec 9, 2022 at - | A Zoom Event

Join us for a vital discussion with women scholars and activists of minority groups from Iran to discuss their grienvances with--and positions…

"A Thousand of Bread"

Excavations in a Temple Bakery of Egypt's Middle Kingdom and the Role of Bread Making in Ancient Egypt
Josef W. Wegner
Nov 14, 2022 at - | A Zoom Event


Bread and beer were the staple foodstuffs of Ancient Egypt. Although abundantly represented in artwork and texts, actual archaeological evidence for the techniques of production and…

A.B. Yehoshua Memorial Event

Nov 16, 2022 at - | 401 Fisher-Bennet Hall, 3340 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania

You are invited to attend a memorial event for A.B. Yehoshua on November 16, 2022.

There will be a…