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Ongoing Events

Arabic Music Club

Ongoing: Every other Thursday, Spring 2015

Want to learn about the exciting world of Arabic music? Join us in our Arabic Music Club, which meets every other Thursday during the spring semester at 7:00pm in Ballantine 208! The dates of meetings are:

- January 29
- February 12
- February 26
- March 12
- March 26
- April 23

Newcomers welcome! You may find more information here.

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Pedagogy Lecture with Dr. John Eisele

Indiana University
Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, 2015
Free and open to the public

NELC is excited to host Dr. John Eisele, Associate Professor from the College of William and Mary, for an exciting lecture and workshop in Arabic language pedagogy! The abstract for the lecture, which takes place on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 5:30pm in Kirkwood Hall 203:

Accuracy, Variation, Culture: A reconsideration / reevaluation of some terms in Arabic Language Pedagogy

Certain terms in every field of inquiry acquire a certain amount of baggage over the years, connotations which obscure the original insight contained in the term. In Arabic language pedagogy terms such as “diglossia”, “grammar”, and “culture” are these kinds of terms, words which originally contained a crucial insight into Arabic language learning, but which have, over the years, failed to deliver on their original promise and have sometimes been jettisoned because of that. In this talk I will reevaluate these and other terms which have become somewhat demode in the field of Arabic language pedagogy in order to uncover new insights which may have been obscured by the burden of meaning which they have come to bear. 

The workshop will be as follows, on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 10:00am in Cedar Hall C114:

Linking the Four Skills: Minimizing Outlay, Maximizing Output

We will discuss ways in which instructors can exploit the inherent characteristics of each of the four skills in order to have each of them mutually support the acquisition of the others. 

Check out our flyer for the event!

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Arabic Talent Show

Please join us on April 9, 2015, at 6:00 pm in Ballantine Hall 109, as we welcome NELC staff and students to show off their talents. Music, poetry, and dance will all be featured. Join us for a night full of fun!

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Thirteenth Annual Victor Danner Memorial Lecture

The thirteenth annual Victor Danner Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr. Yahya Michot, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is also the current editor of the journal “The Muslim World” edited by the Seminary. Professor Michot will speak on “Mamluks, Qalandars, Rafidis, and the ‘Other’ Ibn Taymiyya” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the President’s Room in the University Club at the Indiana Memorial Union at 7:00pm. A light reception will follow the lecture. Open to the public.

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Arabic Film Series

The Arabic Film Series is offered by the Arabic Language Program at Indiana University Bloomington to expose students to Arabic language. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at

All screenings will take place in Myers Hall 130, beginning at 7:30pm.

January 21: "Caramel" (Lebanon), 2007

February 4: "Satin Rouge" (Tunisia), 2002

February 18: "Le Grand Voyage" (Morocco), 2004

March 4: "Alexandria . . . Why?" (Egypt), 1979

March 25: "City of Life" (UAE), 2009

April 8: "West Beirut" (Lebanon), 1998

April 22: "L'Enfant Endormi (The Sleeping Child)" (Morocco), 2004

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NELC Memorial Lecture Series

Since 2002, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures has hosted a series of lectures honoring the memories of two of NELC Professors, Wadie Elias Jwaideh and Victor Danner, whose profound impact upon their students continues to touch us today. The lectures have covered a wide variety of topics relating to Near Eastern languages, cultures, religions, and civilizations.

Victor Danner Memorial Lecture
Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture

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