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Hemispheres and Not Even Past Launch 15 Minute History Podcast

This podcast series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in World History and US History.

Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Hemispheres—the outreach consortium that includes the Middle East Outreach Program—and Not Even Past are pleased to announce the launch of 15 Minute history, a podcast—with supplementary materials—about World and US history. This is a joint project of Hemispheres and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin.


Government / MES Professor to Examine Source of Violence and Urge Diplomacy in Egypt

Tue, Oct 2, 2012

Jason Brownlee,associate professor in the Departments of Government and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, has received a $109,484 grant to examine peace-building efforts in Egypt. The funding, provided by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), will enable Brownlee to determine whether the rise in Egypt’s anti-Coptic violence comes from underlying social tensions or from lack of government interventions.


Project GO Returns to UT

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Project GO (Global Officers), formerly known as the ROTC Language and Culture Project, is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for ROTC students. The Department of Middle Eastern Studies joins the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies to reestablish Project GO at UT to support ROTC students studying Arabic, Russian, and Turkish. DMES previously held a grant to support the ROTC Language and Culture Project in Arabic and Persian from 2007 to 2010.


New Online Persian Institute Course to be Offered this Fall

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

The Middle Eastern Studies program at UT Austin will launch the online Persian language Institute in fall of 2012, in partnership with University Extension. The institute will expand on the curriculum of UT’s Persian Summer Institute, using a combination of proficiency-based communicative language instruction and discipline-based content on Iranian history and politics. This thirty-week, three-credit-hour institute, includes two levels. The superior level will be taught by Kamran Scot Aghaie, associate professor of Iranian history and Persian Studies at UT Austin, and the advanced level will be taught by Blake Atwood, lecturer of Persian at the University of Pennsylvania, and academic coordinator for the UT Persian Summer Institute.


Statement on the Cancellation of "Memory of a Promise: Short Stories by Middle Eastern Women," in honor of Elizabeth Fernea

Fri, Jun 1, 2012

Since her passing in 2008, CMES Publications has been working on compiling an anthology of women's stories in honor of the late Elizabeth 'B.J.' Warnock Fernea, who was a beloved professor of comparative literature and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. The volume, Memory of a Promise: Short Stories by Middle Eastern Women, was nearly complete. In early-May of this year, as the publication date approached, several authors objected to the presence of Israeli authors in the anthology. (Click on headline to continue reading.)


Apply now for Turkish Study Tour!

Wed, Apr 4, 2012

The Turkish Government is offering short summer scholarships for a study trip for high-profile, successful Master and PhD students interested in late Ottoman history and contemporary Turkey. The aim of the project is to provide wide-ranging first hand information on Turkey, promote social and academic exchanges among the participants and their Turkish counterparts. Applicants to the study trip must be a Master or PhD student of Turcology, History, International Relations, Political Science, Journalism, Law or Public Administration, and be citizens of France, USA, Canada, UK, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Australia, Austria.


Three MES Faculty Members receive Texas Language Center Awards

Three MES Faculty members have received Professional Development Awards from the Texas Language Center.

Tue, Apr 3, 2012

The awards, ranging in value from $200-$1500, will be used to supplement instructor salaries, purchase materials, and/or subvent travel to professional conferences. Kristen Brustad, Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies—“Intensive Persian Auto-correct Exercises” Laila Familiar, Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies—“Integrating Culture into the Classroom” Fehintola Mosadomi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies—“Yoruba Yemi Book II”


Professor Aaron Bar-Adon was elected to the Academy of the Hebrew Language in November for his contributions to the field of Hebrew studies.

Aaron Bar Adon Elected to the Academy of the Hebrew Language

Tue, Jan 3, 2012

MES Professor Aaron Bar-Adon has spent decades studying and teaching Hebrew linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin. He helped create the field of study that seeks to understand a language that helped shape civilization and was uniquely resurrected in a modern form during the past 125 years. Bar-Adon also contributed to the growth of the linguistics and Hebrew programs that have taught thousands of Texas students.


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