NELC News

Jason Price Wins Regional Scholar Award

Published: August 20, 2018

Jason Price, PhD student in NELC studying under Professor William Schniedewind, has been awarded the Regional Scholar Award by the national SBL’s regional scholars’ awards committee. Jason’s paper, “The Smashed Tablets as Defunct Cult Objects,” was first presented in the Bible and the ANE session at the Society meeting last March, earned the Society’s nomination…

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Hebrew Class Event

Published: August 20, 2018

Last Friday marked the last day of NELC graduate student Martin Luther Chan’s Intensive Elementary Hebrew summer session course. In lieu of an in-class exam, the class gathered at a local student’s home over Persian food and ice cream for a celebration of their eight weeks of hard work. Congratulations to all our wonderful students!

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Molly Courtney Wins CASA Fellowship

Published: June 21, 2018

Molly Courtney, a PhD student of modern Arabic literature in the NELC department, has received a fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). As a CASA fellow, she will pursue intensive advanced Arabic language and culture study at the American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt from September 2018 to May 2019. The…

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Jesse Arlen Wins Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Published: June 21, 2018

Jesse Siragan Arlen, a Ph.D. Student in NELC, has received the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Jesse researches Spirituality and Literature in the Middle Ages. His dissertation will examine mystic writers around the turn of the First Millenium CE in the Near East and Mediterannean, with a focus on the Armenian,…

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Levantine Archaeology Student Receives W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research’s Educational Cultural Affairs Junior Research Fellowship

Published: June 18, 2018

Amy Karoll, PhD Candidate in Levantine Archaeology, received the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research’s Educational Cultural Affairs Junior Research Fellowship to study in Israel from August to December 2018 and the American Center of Oriental Research’s Council of American Overseas Research Centers Pre-Graduate Fellowship to study in Jordan from January to April 2019. She…

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Adjunct Assistant Professor in Iranian Studies

Published: June 12, 2018

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles announce a search for an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Iranian Studies, effective July 1, 2018. Applications are invited from scholars with research and teaching interests in the archaeology of…

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Welcome to Catherine Bonesho & Luke Yarbrough

Published: May 9, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Catherine Bonesho and Luke Yarbrough to the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures effective July 1st. Catherine is our new Early Judaism hire, and Luke is our new Islamic Studies hire. Both of these incoming scholars work on cross-cultural connections through space and time and will add great depth…

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Egyptology Lecturer Position

Published: May 2, 2018

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA is seeking a Lecturer to teach ancient Egyptian language, history, and culture for the academic year 2018-19. We are looking for someone with a strong knowledge of Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian, to teach advanced grammar and reading seminars. Knowledge of Coptic and Demotic are…

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Scott Abramson Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Published: April 23, 2018

Scott Abramson, PhD Candidate in Jewish Studies, received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Under the direction of two co-advisors, Professor Lev Hakak and Professor Steven Spiegel, Scott is writing his dissertation on the modern history of the Maronites of Israel, an Arabic-speaking Uniate Christian sect with ancestral ties to Lebanon. Scott’s research s concerned with the history…

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NELC Students Speak at Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting

Published: March 16, 2018

On Sunday, March 11 2018, a handful of our very own NELC students made their way to Hope International University in Fullerton, CA for the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting. Put on by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), this conference included presentations of various biblical topics, ranging from Judaism in the…

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