Our podcast series reaches the #1 position on iTunes U.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013
New book by History/MES prof Denise A Spellberg sheds light on the founders and religious freedom.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013
MES' Online Language Institute is expanding. Which language would you study? Click on the link to cast your vote!
Mon, Oct 14, 2013
MES, AFP and CASA offices will close August 12-16 for move to Calhoun Hall
Tue, Jul 23, 2013
After 20 years in the West Mall Building, Middle Eastern Studies administrative and faculty offices are moving to a new building. Click on the headline for more information.
Lecture series archives and podcasts are now available (FREE!) through UT's iTunes U storefront. Don't miss an episode!
Mon, Jul 15, 2013
Project will update a century-old dictionary to create an open-source resource for students, scholars, and clergy working on Semitic studies.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013
"Byzantine Things in the World" runs through August 18
Wed, Jul 10, 2013
This innovative exhibition combines Byzantine art with objects produced from around the world in diverse periods, and is intended to recapture the power and awe of individual objects.
Quoted in Daily Texan article about Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu perspectives on the ongoing debate over House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2
Tue, Jul 9, 2013
“Most Muslims largely regard their position on abortion a matter of conscience and a private concern of the family, and not something that should be uniformly enforced by the state.”
Samer Ali and Jason Brownlee appear on Fox and Al-Jazeera to offer commentary.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013
As conditions have rapidly changed since the June 30 uprising began, our faculty has been contacted by local, national, and international media to offer commentary and context for the rapidly unfolding events on the ground in Egypt.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013
Our newly minted graduates will teach from coast-to-coast. MES has had 100% placement for academic-track doctoral students since 2006.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013
Grants will support open source audio visual materials to support language instruction, and a new Arabic Language program at Pflugerville ISD
Thu, May 2, 2013
Internationally recognized as an innovative educator, Dr. Al-Batal has helped make UT-Austin’s Arabic program become the best in the country.
Outreach Director Christopher Rose and Joan Neuberger promote "15 Minute History" on Good Day Austin
Wed, May 1, 2013
The podcast, launched in October as a partnership between Hemispheres and Not Even Past, has been very successful at promoting area studies and history to K-12 classrooms and the public.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013
Thanks to a generous gift from Aziz and Arwa Shaibani, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies has appointed internationally acclaimed author Hoda Barakat as the inaugural scholar of the new Arabic Scholar in Residence program for fall 2013.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013
The Arabic Flagship Program hosted Dr. Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," for an informal Q & A/meet and greet. The event was mostly in Arabic and was an exciting way for Arabic students to remain engaged with their target language.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013
MES Professor John Huehnergard was presented with a Festschrift in his honor, "Language and Nature: Papers Presented to John Huehnergard on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday." Huehnergard has been the leading linguist in Semitic Studies for over twenty years, first at Harvard and now at UT, Austin. His work has been immensely influential in comparative historical Semitic linguistics, but also in more specific fields, such as Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic and Hebrew. This book celebrates his work and teaching and includes thirty contributions — twenty-nine papers and one artistic contribution — by John's colleagues, former students, and friends, on a variety of topics that represent John's versatility and many interests, including philology, history, natural history, and art. The book was edited by Rebecca Hasselbach and Na'ama Pat-El.
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