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2011 Critical Languages Scholarship Program Announced

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Thu, Sep 23, 2010

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

CMES Re-Authorized by the US Department of Education

NRC/FLAS grants provide significant student and faculty funding.

Wed, Aug 25, 2010

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies has once again been designated a National Resource Center (NRC) by the U.S. Deparmtent of Education for a new four year cycle (2010-2014). CMES has received NRC funding under the Title VI National Strategic Area Studies Act since the early 1960s. The NRC grant continues to be an important distinction for the Center, one of 19 NRCs awarded for the Middle East region for this cycle. (click headline to keep reading)

Kristen Brustad Steps up as New DMES Chair

Outgoing Chair Esther Raizen Moves to COLA as New Associate Dean

Wed, Aug 25, 2010

Kristen Brustad, Associate Professor of Arabic, will officially assume the chairwomanship of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies on September 1, but visitors to DMES will notice that preparations for the change in leadership are already under way. Brustad and outgoing chair Esther Raizen have been working closely together for the past year to ensure a seamless transition and continuity in DMES policy and programming. We are happy to officially welcome Dr. Brustad as the new chair! (click headline to keep reading)

DMES Grad Student Earns Javits Fellowship

Mon, Mar 22, 2010

Alex Magidow, PhD candidate in Arabic studies, has been granted the prestigious Jacob K Javits Fellowship, a multi-year award funded by the Department of Education. The fellowship will support Alex’s doctoral research, which applies a sociohistorical approach to the reconstruction of Arabic dialects and the documentation of their linguistic evolution.

Arabic Flagship Program profiled by local television station

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

The Arabic Flagship Program was profiled in a three minute feature on the evening news on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, on Austin news station KXAN-TV, the local NBC affiliate. The piece, which is viewable on the KXAN Web site, features Flagship Director Mahmoud al-Batal, AFP alumna Jennifer Nation, and Reid Campell, a junior in AFP and Plan II honors.

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