UCLA College Magazine Featured Story: Charting a Course for Islamic Studies at UCLA

Published: July 19, 2022

As part of outreach efforts, Professor Sayeed and the [Islamic Studies] program have partnered with Amy Landau, director of education and interpretation at the Fowler Museum, to launch the new Community Bridges Residency, where civic leaders engaged with the Muslim community can connect with UCLA students and faculty, and benefit from research resources. As part…

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Postcards from UCLA Library Special Collections’ on Exhibit

Published: May 25, 2022

The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department is proud to share Encountering Arabic Manuscripts, an exhibition in which eight graduate students in Arabic 275 identified a noteworthy aspect of a manuscript with which they were working to create an exhibit artifact. The ‘Postcards from UCLA Library Special Collections’ are a collaborative project that revolves around UCLA’s…

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Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World at the Getty Villa

Published: April 7, 2022

The Pourdavoud Center is proud to be the academic partner for Ancient Iran and the Classical World, the newly opened exhibit at the Getty Villa location of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Ancient Iran, historically known as Persia, was the dominant nation of western Asia for over a millennium (about 550 BC–AD 650), with three…

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Dr. Beyza Lorenz Wins EPIC-Lang Grant for Online Language Teaching Module

Published: March 29, 2022

Dr. Beyza Lorenz, Continuing Lecturer in Turkish at the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department won an EPIC-Lang grant to develop a self-paced, online module to help language instructors get acquainted with online language teaching. The project titled “Establishing Online Presence” is an online tutorial to introduce language instructors to establishing presence in the online…

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The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is working with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students to get a PhD in Egyptology

Published: March 8, 2022

Courtesy of the course flyer By Anushka Chakrabarti To increase inclusivity within the field of Egyptology, the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is collaborating with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students. “Summer Research Internship and Pathway to PhD’s in Ancient Egyptian, North African, and Western Asian Studies” is…

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In Memoriam: Nancy Ezer

Published: February 28, 2022

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is deeply saddened to learn of the passing our beloved Hebrew lecturer, Nancy Ezer. Nancy Ezer will be remembered as a devoted and passionate teacher, always encouraging and inspiring students once they stepped into her classroom, and adapting to new and digital platforms. Chair of the Department…

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New Summer Program aims to Challenge Academic Colonialism in Egyptology

Published: December 17, 2021

The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in collaboration with Professor Mario Beatty of Howard University is thrilled to announce a new Egyptology summer program. Called “Pathways to a PhD in Ancient Egyptian Studies,” it aims to challenge academic colonialism by bringing young scholars from HBCUs to UCLA to combine traditional Egyptological research with…

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Additional Support for the Pourdavoud Center’s Research Initiatives

Published: December 9, 2021

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World would like to express its deep appreciation to Ms. Nastaran Akhavan for her financial support of the UCLA Archaeological Gazetteer of Iran, an open access online encyclopedia of Iranian archaeological sites of all pre-Islamic periods spearheaded by the Pourdavoud Center, as well as its principal…

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