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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Dr. Shushan Karapetian Awarded Young Scholar Award in Heritage Language Education

Published: March 15, 2018

On February 16, 2018, Dr.Shushan Karapetian, NELC alumni and current lecturer of Armenian Studies at UCLA, received the Russ Campbell Young Scholar Award in Heritage Language Education for her extraordinary work on Armenian heritage language speakers. The department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures would like to congratulate Dr. Shushan Karapetian for all her work and the…

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Egyptology Student Wins 2018 Grad Slam Competition

Published: March 8, 2018

Marissa Stevens, Egyptology Graduate Student, won UCLA’s 2018 Grad Slam Competition last night, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition that showcases and awards the best 3-minute research presentations by graduate students. The competition not only helps foster the important career development skill of articulating graduate research in an understandable and engaging…

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Egyptology Graduate Student Receives J. Clawson Mills Scholarship at the MET

Published: March 6, 2018

Michael Chen, a Ph.D. Candidate in NELC, has received the J. Clawson Mills Scholarship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2018-2019 academic year. He will be an Art History Fellow hosted by the Department of Egyptian Art, and he will examine the corpus of Late Period Egyptian healing statues as part of his…

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Professor Ismail Receives 25th World Award for Book of the Year in Iran

Published: January 8, 2018

Professor Ismail K. Poonawala’s  book entitled “Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, Part III; An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 39-41” co-authored with Carmela Baffioni, and published by the Oxford University Press, 2017, has been selected for an award at the 25th World Award for Book of the Year in Iran.

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Recent PhD Graduate Receives Coveted Postdoc at Brown University

Published: November 28, 2017

Recent graduate, Levi Thompson, receives 2017 – 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Brown University’s Pembroke Center. Dr. Thompson is the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Pembroke Center and a member of the Pembroke Seminar organized by Leela Gandhi on the topic “The Cultures of Pacifism.” Along with participating in the…

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Jeremy Smoak Publishes in Near Eastern Archaeology

Published: November 21, 2017

“Reading and Writing in the Dark at Khirbet el-Qom: The Literacies of Ancient Subterranean Judah,” by Alice Mandell and Jeremy Smoak is now available in the latest edition of Near Eastern Archaeology. How did ancient Israelites and Judeans interact with inscriptions located in subterranean contexts such as tombs, tunnels, and caves? What roles did writing hold…

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UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professors Aaron A. Burke and Katherine S. Burke Collaborate on Second Volume of “The History and Archaeology of Jaffa”

Published: November 6, 2017

Since 2007, the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, under the direction of Aaron A. Burke, Katherine S. Burke, and Martin Peilstöcker, has endeavored to bring to light the vast archaeological and historical record of the site of Jaffa, Israel. Continuing the effort begun with The History and Archaeology of Jaffa 1, this volume represents a decade of…

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Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies

Published: September 12, 2017

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in Islamic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor with a hire date of July 1, 2018. We encourage applicants whose specializations relate to early and classical Islam up to the early Ottoman…

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