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15 Minute History Tops the Charts!

Our podcast series reaches the #1 position on iTunes U.

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

The Surprising Story of "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an"

New book by History/MES prof Denise A Spellberg sheds light on the founders and religious freedom.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

We need your vote!

MES' Online Language Institute is expanding. Which language would you study? Click on the link to cast your vote!

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

We're moving!

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.

Find us on iTunes U!

Lecture series archives and podcasts are now available (FREE!) through UT's iTunes U storefront. Don't miss an episode!

Mon, Jul 15, 2013

Jo Ann Hackett and John Huehnergard Receive NEH Grant for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon

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

Glenn Peers Curates Exhibition at the Menil Collection in Houston

"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.

Hina Azam Offers Islamic Perspective on The Texas "Abortion Bills"

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.”

MES Faculty Weigh in on Recent Events in Egypt

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.

Another year of 100% placement for MES Doctoral Students

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.

Arabic Faculty Receive Grants from Qatar Foundation International

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

TLC Director Tom Garza and FLTE awardee Mahmoud Al-Batal

Mahmoud al-Batal wins Texas Language Center Teaching Excellence Award

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.

Joan Neuberger and Christopher Rose on the Good Day Austin set.

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.

Hoda Barakat

New Arabic Scholar in Residence Program Brings Hoda Barakat, Fall 2013

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.

Dr. Bassem Youssef with UT students

Arabic Flagship Program Hosts Dr. Bassem Youssef

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.

John Huehnergard Presented with Festschrift in His Honor

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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