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.
Weston Bland Named 2022-2023 Dean's Scholar
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations congratulates our own Weston Bland (PhD Candidate), who was named a 2022-2023 Dean's Scholar. Weston will be honored at the Stephen A. Levin Family Dean's Forum for his outstanding academic performance and intellectual promise.
Zaid Tabaza on Veganism in the Middle East
Zaid Tabaza discusses his veganism and its intersection with Middle Eastern culture in today's edition of Penn Today. Tabaza explored this connection while a student in Professor Heather Sharkey's "Food in the Islamic Middle East" class.
Feride Hatiboglu Elected to NCOLCTL Board
The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) has elected our very own Feride Hatiboglu to their board, for a 2-year term beginning October 1st, 2022. In her capacity as current president of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic La
Dr. Gross Named IAS Member for AY 2023
The Institute for Advanced Studies has announced Dr. Simcha Gross as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Assistant Professors for the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr.
Fall 2022 Language Placement Exam Information
Students enrolling in first-semester language classes are not required to take a placement test. Students who have some background in a language should take the placement test for that language to ensure they are taking the right class for their level.
Huda Fakhreddine Named 2023-2024 Topic Director of the Wolf Humanities Forum
Dr. Huda J. Fakhreddine has been named the Topic Director of the Wolf Humanities Forum for 2023-2024. The topic will be "Revolution."
Simcha Gross Receives Honorable Mention from the Mediterranean Seminar Book Prize 2022
The Mediterranean Seminar has recognized a volume co-translated and co-edited by Dr. Simcha Gross and Dr.
Fatemeh Shams featured on OMNIA Podcast
Fatemeh Shams, Assistant Professor of Persian Poetry and Literature, was recently featured on the OMNIA Podcast series, In These Times. This season, the fourth, focuses on how art in its many forms helps us through the tough times. Many found it difficult to cope with the COVID19 pande
Fatemeh Shams Presenting at ICI-Berlin
Fatemeh Shams will present at a hybrid symposium, “Haunted by Homes,” at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Germany being held on May 5 and 6, 2022. Dr. Shams has spent the past year in Berlin on the Humboldt Fellowship.
New Book by Yael Landman
Congratulations to Visiting Instructor, Dr. Yael Landman, on the publication of her book, Legal Writing, Legal Practice: The Biblical Bailment Law and Divine Justice, by Brown Judaic Studies! Congratulations, Yael!
2021-2022 NELC Newsletter Volume 3
We wanted to let you know what we've been up to since our last issue.
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