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Mamoun Sakkal
September 16, 2022
Dr. Mamoun Sakkal designed the original NELC logo in 1997, and we thank him now for providing us an updated MELC design. He became a full time Arabic type designer after receiving his PhD from the Near and Middle Eastern Studies Interdisciplinary program at UW in 2010, and he has served as an affiliate instructor in our department. Dr. Sakkal has lectured on Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy, and Arabic typography at universities and conferences in the United States, Canada, England, Dubai,... Read more
UW Giving Day
April 14, 2022
Husky Giving Day Success! On April 7, Husky Giving Day, NELC raised $2400!  Thanks to all the donors who contributed to our Friends of NELC Fund, and special thanks to the anonymous donor who matched the first $1000 in contributions. Your support helps the department thrive and support our educational mission
nelc Prof. Jere Bacharach Presentation on Fustat
October 14, 2019
On October 2, Dr. Jere Bacharach, professor emeritus of history at UW, gave a public lecture through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) called, “Excavating Fustat, Cairo, Egypt.” The lecture introduced both the history of excavation at the site in Fustat as well as the findings of the excavations. By Erin Kelleher, NELC MA student. Erin works on Near and Middle Eastern intellectual history Professor Bacharach explained first that Fustat was continuously occupied from pre-... Read more
Ali Igmen receiving award from John Keeler, the dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburg
April 21, 2019
NELC alumnus Ali Igmen recently received a generous award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The “International Public Service Award” recognizes of his outstanding service to young scholars of Central Eurasia. Professor Igmen has hosted many Central Eurasian scholars from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia at California State University, Long Beach.  Igmen also mentors and serves on masters and doctoral committees for American and European... Read more
Mark Lehner
October 3, 2018
As a part of the ARCE Lecture series, Dr. Mark Lehner presented a talk on October 2, 2018 about last year's AERA excavations for the Lost City of the Pyramids, next to Heit al-Ghurab, or Wall of Crow. In his well attended talk,  Dr. Lehner discussed work in the daily life of the ancient city of Khuf... Read more
Resat Kasaba, Turkish Studies, UW NELC
September 24, 2018
Turkish and Ottoman Studies Workshop Series Fall 2018 Friday October 19, 2018 3:30-5:00 PM Denny Hall 211 NELC Seminar Room University of Washington With the concentration of executive power in the hands of President Erdoğan, the arena for formal politics in Turkey has become severely restricted. Turkish government has also made it very difficult, if not impossible, for civil society organizations to function independently. As Turkey enters a new phase in its history it is also facing massive... Read more
Graduate Student Conference
May 9, 2018
Friday, May 18, 20182:30–5:00 p.m.Thomson Hall, Rm. 317University of Washington-SeattleFree and open to the public Graduate students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization; the Middle East Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies will present their research in this annual conference. 2018 Graduate Student Conference is organized by Pablo Jairo Tutillo (MA student, MEC),... Read more
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April 7, 2013
On March 13, 2013, Morgan Cassell, a Seattle native and University of Washington alumna, was awarded a 2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Rangel Program, Patricia... Read more
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March 26, 2013
Following my graduation I participated in an AmeriCorps internship at a non-profit radio station where I hosted a weekly Arab music and cultural program. I recently relocated to Washington, DC where I will be attending George Washington University in the fall of 2013.