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Jewish Studies and Beyond 2006-07

Mon, Sep 25, 2006

Beta Dance Troupe (beta is an Amharic word meaning house) presents a unique program of traditional Ethiopian Jewish dance, mixing elements of Ethiopian tribal dances (mainly "eskesta" - shoulder dancing, an Ethiopian traditional dance) and artistic dance based on the culture of Ethiopian Jewry. Consisting of six dancers, the troupe combines contemporary music and African rhythms with ancient spirituals chanted in Ge'ez, the sacred language of Ethiopian Jewry. Along with fascinating movements and captivating rhythms, Beta offers audiences powerful insights into the experiences of exile and homecoming.


Advisory: WMB elevator out of service

Wed, May 17, 2006

After repeated breakdowns over the past few years, the decision has been made by the University's Physical Plant to replace the elevator in the West Mall Building during the summer of 2006. The elevator in the West Mall Building will be taken out of service on Monday, May 22 and is currently scheduled to return to service on Monday, August 28. During this time, access to the Center and Department offices will be by stairs only. If you are physically unable to reach the C/DMES main office, or to meet with faculty or staff, please call us at 471-3881 to arrange an appointment to meet at an alternate, accessible location. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience during this time. We anticipate that once the elevator is back in service that the frequent service interruptions and breakdowns recently experienced will no longer pose an obstacle for students, staff, faculty, and guests to the building.


Elevator Service Interruption in West Mall Building

Mon, Jan 23, 2006

The elevator in the West Mall Building is currently under repair. We are currently informed that service should resume on Monday or Tuesday, January 30-31.

If you are unable to come to the Department or Center while service is interrupted, please contact the relvant faculty member, or call the D/CMES main number at 471-3881 to set up a meeting with your advisor or faculty member at an alternate location. This applies to office hours, tutoring, registration issues, scholarship issues, and any other matters.


Jewish Studies and Beyond 2006 Lecture Series

Mon, Jan 2, 2006

The Jewish Studies program in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce its spring 2006 Jewish Studies and Beyond Lecture Series.

As in years before, the goals for the series are threefold: 1) to stimulate interest in and enhance the growth of the University's Jewish Studies program, 2) to showcase new horizons in Jewish scholarship, across the wide range of areas, disciplines, and methodologies comprised by the rubric, "Jewish Studies," and 3) to create a forum for Jewish intellectual culture in Austin and a bridge between university and city communities at large. Free and open to public, all three lectures will take place at 7: 30 PM in the new auditorium space at UT Hillel, 21st and San Antonio.

"Jewish Studies and Beyond" is presented with support from Texas Hillel and the Program in Religious Studies.


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