Upcoming Event: Made in Pakistan

The Pakistani Student Association has a great event on February 27 at 7 pm in Mills Hall in the Humanities Building.

Made in Pakistan: A Cultural Show

Live music, performances, traditional dancing, and fashion show.  Free and open to all.


Middle East Film Series: Ajami

Middle East Studies is happy to invite you to a screening of the film Ajami on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 pm in Humanities Room 1131, as part of our Spring Film Series.

Ajami is a powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood – a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims, and Christians – and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants.  As their stories intersect we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

Ajami was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and won several awards at Middle Eastern film festivals.  For more information visit: http://www.kino.com/ajami/

We hope to see you there!  Admission is free and open to all.

Fellowship Opportunity in Oman

Fellowship Opportunity in Oman

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) and the Council of American
Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are offering an opportunity for pre- and
post-doctoral US Citizens and Permanent Residents to carry out research in

Scholars in fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and allied Natural
Sciences are encouraged to apply. One fellowship will be given for

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2011 

Learn More: http://www.caorc.org/programs/sqcc.htm 

Upcoming Event: From Word to Print — and Beyond

7195 Helen C. White Hall
A conference in which four experts in oral tradition will explore the myriad — sometimes
conflicted — processes by which oral art forms are crystallized into textual form in script and
print, with attention as well to the horizons opened up by new digital technologies.  Modes of
textualization both ancient and modern will be considered from a comparative perspective
embracing Northern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Upper Midwest region of the
United States. This event is free and open to the public.
1 – 1:10 pm Opening remarks by John D. Niles, Department of English

1:10 – 2 pm  KARL REICHL, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bonn  and
the Carl Schurz Memorial Visiting Professor for the spring semester.

2:10 – 3 pm METIN EKICI, Professor of Turkish Folklore at the University of Ege,

3 – 3:30 pm Coffee break

3:30 – 4:20 TOM DUBOIS, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Head of the
Folklore Program, and co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore.

4:30 – 5:20 JIM LEARY, Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies and co-
editor of the Journal of American Folklore. “FOREIGN WORDS AND

5:20 – 6 pm Concluding discussion

Summer Internship Opportunity: The Jerusalem Fund

A message from the Jerusalem Fund:

I would like to draw your attention to our summer internship program in D.C. which your students may be interested in applying for.

I have enclosed a flier about the internship program to distribute among your students. If there is another person I should be contacting, please let me know and I will make sure to send them the information. Also, for more detailed information about the internship program, please visit http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/internships.

For those who may not know who were are, The Jerusalem Fund is an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization based in Washington, D.C. The Jerusalem Fund has three programs: The Gallery, The Humanitarian Link and the Palestine Center. In particular, the Palestine Center is the educational program of The Jerusalem Fund that educates the American public about Palestine through briefings, lecture series, conferences, analysis of current events and in-depth publications.

The Palestine Center internship program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct primary-source research, develop writing and organizational skills, build valuable D.C. contacts, gain hands-on experience and observe the extensive political and policy-related happenings in the metropolitan D.C. area. As important members of our team, interns gain valuable exposure to the functions of a highly productive non-profit organization working on issues of national and international significance.

Undergraduate summer interns coordinate a summer lecture series, write an in-depth information brief on a topic related to the Palestine issue and assist with Palestine Center briefings, film screenings and symposia. They are also called upon to assist periodically with staffing events.  All interns are encouraged to attend relevant events in the area during their internship and to pursue avenues of research that are of personal interest to them, provided the research relates to the work of the Center. The Palestine Center staff provides guidance on research and logistics, helps to educate interns on the Palestinian issue and advises them as needed on career development.

For more information about The Jerusalem Fund or its educational program, the Palestine Center, please visit us at www.thejerusalemfund.org. And please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help in spreading the word!


Kind regards,


Nawal Atallah

Program Manager

The Jerusalem Fund

2425 Virginia Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20037

Phone: (202) 338-1958

Fax: (202) 333-7742

Lecture: The (Re)Location of Theory: Postcolonial Modernisms and the Dialectic of Arabo-Islamic Tradition and the West

Hala Ghoneim, Arabic Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literatures
at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Thursday, February 17th

4:30 p.m. in Van Hise 254

Also available for drop-in campus interviews on February 17th
2:15–3:15 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Room (Van Hise 1414)

On February 17th and 18th, Hala Ghoneim will be on campus to
interview for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of African
Languages & Literature.  We would like to invite you and others in
your program with interests in Arabic literature to meet with Dr.
Ghoneim, to attend her lecture entitled “The (Re)Location
of Theory: Postcolonial Modernisms and the Dialectic of Arabo-Islamic
Tradition and the West,” and to drop in for his “office hours” held from
2:15–3:15 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Room (Van Hise 1414) earlier in the
day.  Please take a look at her campus interview itinerary (attached)
for other events in which you or your students might participate.

Dr. Ghoneim’s main area of research is in  issues of
theory and praxis relating to postcolonial modernisms.  We look forward
to having her on campus, and to your feedback on this job candidate!

Lecture: Mapping Praise in Late ‘Abbasid Poetry

Samuel England, Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California Berkeley


TODAY, February 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Van Hise  254.


On February 14th and 15th, Samuel England will be on campus to interview
for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of African Languages
& Literature.  We would like to invite you to meet with Mr. England and
to attend his lecture entitled “Mapping Praise in Late
‘Abbasid Poetry,” and to drop in for his “office hours” held from
10:00–10:50 p.m. in the A.C. Jordan Room (Van Hise 1414) earlier that
day.  Please take a look at his campus interview itinerary (attached)
for other events in which you might participate.

Mr. England’s specialization is Classical Arabic poetry and prose, as well as Romance-language literature from medieval Iberia. He has also worked in Modern Arabic literary study, analyzing Spanish and Latin American themes in contemporary Moroccan fiction.  We look forward to having him on campus, and to your feedback on this job candidate!

Please contact the department office or Aliko Songolo with any questions.

Christopher Harwood, Department Administrator
Department of African Languages & Literature