NELC News

UCLA offering third-year Turkish language course

Published: August 14, 2017

Responding to the national need for experts in Turkish language and culture, the course will enable students to access archival materials and conduct research. The Turkish language is rarely taught in the United States. The federal government’s National Security Education Program, an initiative to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with…

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UCLA Recruitment: Assistant Professor in Early Judaism

Published: August 1, 2017

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in early Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor to be filled effective July 1, 2018. Applications are invited from scholars with research and teaching interests in the cultures (especially 2nd Temple Judaism)…

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Jaffa Excavations Featured in Archaeology Magazine

Published: June 20, 2017

NELC professor Aaron Burke’s research of the Egyptian fortress in Jaffa are the subject of Archaeology magazine’s cover story by Roger Atwood in the July/August 2017 issue. Read more: http://www.archaeology.org/issues/262-1707/features/5627-jaffa-egypt-canaan-colony

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Persian for High School Students

Published: June 7, 2017

Persian for Heritage Students July 10 to August 3, 2017 at UCLA Monday-Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm UCLA will offer a summer Persian class for high school students who are exposed to Persian at home and want to learn to read, write, or develop their speaking, listening, and literacy skills. For more information, please contact: UCLA High School…

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UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professor Nouri Gana Receives the Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Published: April 20, 2017

The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced Nouri Gana, an Associate Professor here at the department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, a recipient of the New Directions Fellowship. The New Directions Fellowship assists faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic…

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UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professor Robert K. Englund Receives Prestigious Grant for Research Collaboration on Big Data

Published: April 4, 2017

The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Language,MTAAC, project co-directed by Robert K. Englund of UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is now funded through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge by the American National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Research Foundation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and…

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Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World established at UCLA

Published: February 21, 2017

By Margaret MacDonald UCLA has established the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the first center in the Western Hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. The Pourdavoud Center was named for the late Professor Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia, and was…

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Iranian 187: Cities of Ancient Iran

Published: January 5, 2017

Winter 2017 – MW 2:00-3:15pm, 101 Kaufman Hall – Instructor: Ali Mousavi A survey of historical cities and sites of Iran from 4000 B.C. to 1900 This survey course is designed to introduce students to the historical monuments and sites of Iran from the earliest periods to the early 20th century. In a chronological sequence, we…

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Ethnomusicology 91L/161L: Music of Persia

Published: January 5, 2017

Winter 2017 – Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm, 1659 Schoenberg Music Building (SMB) – Instructor: Amir Hosein Pourjavady  This class focuses on the performance of Persian classical music including the radif and tasnifs (vocal repertoire). This is a group class where students sit in a circle and begin learning a gushe (short melody-type) or a vocal composition of a…

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Professor Cooperson wins the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation

Published: December 14, 2016

Join us in congratulating Professor Michael Cooperson on winning the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation. Last year, the prize’s debut, awards were given for Arabic to and from English, Arabic to and from Turkish, and an “Achievement Award.” This year, the prizes were between Arabic and English, Arabic and Spanish, and there were three Achievement Awards. According to the Sheikh…

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