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Event Announcements

  • Indiana Arabic Literature Workshop
  • Departmental Picnic
  • Housing and Lifestyle in Damascus and Cairo (15th-17th Centuries):A View from the Shari’a Court Records of the City
  • Twelfth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
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Ongoing Events

Lecture and Workshop by Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla

Thursday and Friday, March 6th- March 7th, 2014

Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla, Director of the Middlebury Arabic Language Program and Associate Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will be giving a public lecture titled “Building Strong Intensive and Immersion Arabic Programs.  The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 6th, at 5:30 pm in Woodburn Hall 004.

Dr. Abdalla will also be holding a workshop, titled “Effectiveness of the Content-based Approach in Arabic Language Education.”  The workshop will be conducted in Arabic and is scheduled for Friday, March 7th, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 pm, also in Woodburn Hall 004.

Both these events have been made possible through a generous grant from the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration Award program under the Offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, IU Bloomington.

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Indiana Arabic Literature Workshop

2013 Indiana Arabic Literature Workshop

Indiana University
Friday and Saturday, December 6 – December 7, 2013
Free and open to the public

For more information and a complete program of events, see the Indiana Arabic Literature Workshop page.

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Departmental Picnic

NELC will be hosting its first Departmental Picnic on Sunday, September 15th, from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. It will take place in the Henderson Shelter of Bryan Park and is open to all our faculty, graduate students, and NELC majors. The event is potluck, so please bring a dish to share! The department will be providing Kosher hotdogs and buns, and bottled water for those who have submitted an RSVP. Kindly RSVP with the dish you are bringing and number attending to NELC by September 10th.

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Housing and Lifestyle in Damascus and Cairo (15th-17th Centuries): A View from the Shari’a Court Records of the City

Please join us on September 25th, at 7pm in Swain East Room 140, as we welcome Adjunct Professor Dr. Abdalrazzaq Moaz in this public lecture.

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Twelfth Annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture

The twelfth annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30pm in the President's Room at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union. The lecture will be delivered by Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamist Studies at New York University, titled "Adventures in Field-Building: On the Origins and Trajectory of Middle East Studies in the United States." The lecture is open to the public; followed immediately by a reception.

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Arabic Film Series

The Arabic Film Series is offered to students of Arabic by the Arabic Language Program at Indiana University Bloomington. For more information contact the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at

Click here to download the complete program.

The next film playing in the Arabic film series is:

Al-Midan (The Square)
Jahane Noujaim (Egypt, United States), 2013, 108 min
Wednesday March 26, 2014
7:30 pm, Meyers Hall, Room 130

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the begging of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is a revolutionary film about change and the power of people. It is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

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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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