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

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2021 NELC Newsletter


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…

New Series: Bite-Sized Talks

Our first event: The Arabesque Table
Dr. Reem Kassis
Apr 7, 2021 at - | A Zoom Event

Join us for the launch of a new lecture series, "Bite-Sized Talks," devoted to the subject of food in the Middle East throughout history.  Our first even features Reem Kassis discussing her new book, The Arabesque…