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


New Books in Assyriology

A Discussion with the Authors
Moderated by Jen Singletary, Eisenbrauns Acquisitions Editor
Mar 5, 2021 at | A virtual event

Join Professor Emeritus of Assyriology, Grant Frame, and NELC friend and scholar, Jamie Novotny, along with other authors, as they discuss their new books in the field.

Attendance is free but registration is…

A Revolution in Rhyme: Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic

Virtual Book Launch
Dr. Fatmeh Shams
Feb 22, 2021 at -

We are delighted to announce the launch of Dr. Shams' new book A Revolution in Rhyme:  Poetic Co-option under the Islamic Republic

Arabic Conversation Hour

Muhammed Zakaria
Oct 8, 2020 - Dec 3, 2020 at - | A Zoom Event

Join us for We Speak Arabic Here@Arabic Conversation Hour every Thursday 6-7:30 pm lead by Muhammed Zakaria.  Muhammed is a Foreign Language…