Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Areas of Need

Support our publications

We are thrilled to announce that New Waw: Saharan Oasis, by Ibrahim al-Koni, translated from the Arabic by William M. Hutchins and published by CMES's Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation series in 2014, has won the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association!  The National Translation Award (NTA), given by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) at our conference, is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation.

Translations are expensive, as is layout and design of new texts. Financial support will help continue our work in bringing voices from the region into the US through translations and publications, as well as supporting language instruction through creating relevant and effective textbooks.

Support our students

We are very proud of our undergraduate and graduate students working in Middle East studies. Their expertise will contribute to future leadership and engagement. However, funding cuts have reduced our level of student support as well as our ability to support student research and professional development. Your support can help fund a student's advanced study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish; to study abroad in the region; to conduct research on critical subjects; or to present original research at academic conferences. 

Support our public engagement

Our extensive public engagement program supports the development of K-12 curriculum materials and educator development in area studies across the curriculum. We also work with Minority Serving Institutions and two year college to seed language programs and help faculty content courses on the region, utilizing local talent as well as MES graduate students at the ABD level and MES faculty. Our students are also heavily involved in working with Arabic and Persian speaking refugee students placed in Austin schools. Financial support will help provide resources for our partner institutions, professional opportunities for our top level graduate students, and to support our students who volunteer their free time to fulfil a pressing social need.

Support our libraries

While our Middle East Studies and Hebraica/Jucaica collections at the University of Texas at Austin offer a strong, comprehensive archive of publicly accessible resources in English and Middle Eastern languages, library funding has shrunk over 60% in the last few years. Our library's film and media collection is among the most extensive in the southwestern United States, but funding cuts impact our ability to keep our collection current. And supporting the push toward digital resources will help make rare resources available online to researchers worldwide.


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