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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Announcing the NELC Newsletter!

We have so much to tell you.  It only made sense to put it all in one place.  Somewhat delayed by COVID 19, it nevertheless highlights the programs and accomplishments of faculty, students and alumnae over the past 18 months.

Check back for our next issue due out late in 2021.

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2020 NELC Newsletter


Dr. Shams: Panel on Afghan Scholars at Risk

Sep 30, 2021 at -

With the help of Humboldt foundation’s Philip Schwartz Initiative, an information panel to urge European academic institutions to sponsor more at-risk scholars will present on their progress to date and…

Arabic Placement Test for Fall 2021

Aug 27, 2021 at - | William Hall, Room 5

The placement test for Arabic language will be held Friday, August 27, 2021 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM in Williams Hall, Room 5.  Please bring your Penn ID or some other form of ID with you.

Unless you plan to…

Tea Time!

Turkish tea in Turkish class
May 4, 2021 at

Dr. Feride Hatiboglu treated her Turkish language students to some refreshing Turkish culture thanks to the support of the Wolf Humanities Center.  The students have adapted well to the on-line format, but breaks are…