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Interview with Luke Yarbrough

Published: November 5, 2018

With his vast knowledge in pre-modern Islamic societies, Luke Yarbrough (Ph.D. 2012, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) brings a unique perspective to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Luke is our new Islamic Studies hire and will be teaching two classes in Winter quarter: a class called “Islamic Thought” for undergrads and a…

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Interview with Catherine E. Bonesho

Published: November 5, 2018

From being the Emeline Hill Richardson Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome to receiving her Ph.D. in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018, Dr. Catherine Bonesho has had an incredibly enriching experience in academia thus far. Catherine is a new hire in…

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Interview with Kara Cooney

Published: November 5, 2018

Dr. Kara Cooney is recognized on UCLA’s campus as an associate professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures. Outside of academia, she has worked on two Discovery Channel documentary series,  Out of Egypt and The Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen, which allowed her to enter…

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Interview with Syed A. Rizwan

Published: November 5, 2018

Securing a job after graduation is an incredible feat, and we would like to congratulate recent graduate Syed Atif Rizwan on his impressive new position as Assistant Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies and Associate Director of Catholic Muslim Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Syed graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a…

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The Pourdavoud Center Welcomes New Scholars

Published: September 28, 2018

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World is proud to announce the addition of two scholars: Dr. Ali Mousavi, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Iranian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has been appointed a Pourdavoud Research Scholar. In this capacity, Dr. Mousavi will conduct research for the Iranian…

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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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