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Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Hired by U.S. Institute of Peace

Wed, Aug 26, 2009

Anne Womer, summer graduate of the Middle Eastern Studies/Public Affairs dual degree, has been hired by the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she is busy learning the nuts and bolts of government-funded peace programs. Most of her work deals with the rule of law in Iraq, and she helps administer projects on judicial independence, constitutional review, and the property rights of returning refugees. She uses her advanced knowledge of Arabic to translate documents from partner organizations in Iraq, and she will be traveling to Iraq next year to participate in a conference on governmental powers.

Language Placement Exam Schedule Released

Thu, Aug 13, 2009

Students with previous knowledge of a Middle Eastern language and students returning from language study at another institution must take a placement exam before enrolling in any course in that language. Placement exams will include evaluations of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students may sign up for the exam by sending an email with their EID, language, and test date to Kimberly Dahl at

CMES Publications Series Introduces Revised Edition of "Year of the Elephant"

MES publication was the first novel by a Moroccan woman to be translated from Arabic into English.

Tue, Jul 28, 2009

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a revised edition of Leila Abouzeid's Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence. After twenty years in print, the English translation remains popular with readers for the unique picture it provides of Moroccan life and North African Islamic culture. This revised edition includes a new introduction by Barbara Harlow, an interview with the author, and a study guide.

Denise Spellberg Named 2009 Carnegie Scholar

Denise Spellberg Named 2009 Carnegie Scholar

History/MES professor earns grant to research Islam and the founding fathers

Fri, Apr 17, 2009

Denise Spellberg, associate professor of history and Middle Eastern Studies, has been awarded a two-year grant of up to $100,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a book project titled "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders." Spellberg, who is known for her research in Middle East and Islamic history, was one of 21 academics named to the Carnegie Corporation's highly competitive scholar program this year. The 2009 awardees are the fifth class to focus on Islam, bringing 117 Carnegie Scholars devoted to the topic since the program began in 2000.

ROTC Language and Culture Project - Summer 2009 Study Abroad applications now available

Experience the language and culture of Persia in Tajikistan or study Arabic in an immersion environment this summer!

Tue, Mar 31, 2009

A three-week introductory culture and language program will run July 14 - early Aug. A six-week intermediate language intensive for students who have completed at least two semesters of Persian will run July 14 - Aug 24. In addition, The University of Texas at Austin’s ROTC Language and Culture Project is offering funding for an approved Arabic study-abroad program to cadets and midshipmen with the equivalent of at least one year’s study of Arabic.

Professor W. Roger Louis Receives $1,000 Outstanding Teaching Award

Senate of College Councils Recognizes history/MES professor for dedication to students

Mon, Mar 9, 2009

William Roger Louis, the Mildred Caldwell and Baine Perkins Kerr Centennial Chair in English History and Culture, received the Professor of the Year award for outstanding teaching and dedication to his students from the university's Senate of College Councils. The $1,000 award, nominated by students in the Senate of College Councils, recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional and effective classroom instruction methods.

Arabic Language Summer Institute to Launch

Ten-week intensive program will run June 4 - August 14

Tue, Jan 6, 2009

The goal of the Summer Institute is to offer an intensive language-learning program for beginning, intermediate and advanced students of Arabic.

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