Fall 2011 Course List

This is the updated course list for Fall 2011.  We are working on getting the list up on the MESP website.  Please email uschamil@wisc.edu or cmes@mideast.wisc.edu with questions/concerns.

Fall 2011 Courses in Middle East Studies (Fall 20ll Course List)

Core Course

LCA 266 Topic: Introduction to the Middle East


Hebrew and Semitic Studies 101 First Semester Modern Hebrew

Hebrew and Semitic Studies 103/303 Elementary Biblical Hebrew

African Languages and Literature – LCA 321 First Semester Arabic

LCA 339 First Semester Turkish

LCA 363 First Semester Persian

Religion and Culture

Religious Studies 211 Introduction to Judaism

Religious Studies 271 Religion in History & Culture: The West

LCA-Religious Studies 370 Islam: Religion and Culture

History and Social Science

History-LCA-Religious Studies 205 Making of Islamic World:  Middle East, 500-1500

History 200 Historical Studies – Crusades: Violence and Religion*

History-Medieval Studies-Religious Studies 309 Crusades: Christianity, Judaism & Islam

History-Religious Studies 379 Islam in Iran

Political Science – Jewish Studies 665 Israeli Politics and Society

Advanced Language (May count up to 3 credits)

Hebrew & Semitic Studies-Jewish Studies  301 Introduction to Hebrew Literature African Languages & Literatures-

LCA  445  Readings in Advanced Arabic Texts I

LCA Language  539  Fifth Semester Turkish & Azeri

LCA Language  563 Fifth Semester Persian

Hebrew & Semitic Studies 601 elements of Aramaic I

Elective Courses

Medieval Studies-History-Religious Studies 112 The World of Late Antiquity

Hebrew & Semitic Studies 217 Introduction to Biblical Literature

Literature in Translation 214 Literatures of Central Asia in Translation

East Asian Studies-LCA 236 Bascom Course: Culture and Imperialism on the Silk Route

Hebrew & Semitic Studies 241 Introduction to Biblical Archaeology

LCA 314 Literatures of Central Asia

Anthropology 330 Muslims in the West*

LCA 379 Cities of Asia*

Hebrew & Semitic Studies-Jewish Studies 401 Survey of Modern Hebrew Literature

Hebrew & Semitic Studies-Jewish Studies 451 Biblical Archaeology I

Hebrew & Semitic Studies-Jewish Studies 513 Biblical Texts, Poetry

Hebrew & Semitic Studies-Jewish Studies 533 Readings in Contemporary Hebrew Literature

History of Science-Medical History & Bioethics-Population Health Sciences 553 International Health and Global Society

Hebrew & Semitic Studies 643 Pentateuchal Narratives*

* Course may not yet show up in DARS, please address Professor Uli Schamiloglu (uschamil@wisc.edu) with questions.

Waltz with Bashir Free Screening Tuesday, April 5

As part of the Middle East Studies Program Spring Film Series, there will be a free screening of Waltz with Bashir on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 pm in Humanities room 1131.

Waltz with Bashir (2008) is internationally recognized as one of the best Middle Eastern films in recent years.  The film is an Israeli animated documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman.  It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories as a 19 year old infantry soldier in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1982 Lebanon War.  The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and won the Best Film Award from the National Society of Film Critics.

For more information, email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu or visit mideast.wisc.edu.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Middle East Studies Program

Upcoming Concert

A message from the event creator:

My roommate and I are planning a philanthropy concert for the victims of fires that took place in the Carmel mountains. One of the artists featured is Y-love, and African-American Jew who raps in five languages: Arabic, Aramaic, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. A lot of his songs are about peace in the Middle East and world peace. We believe a lot of Middle-eastern studies students would be interested in attending this concert. The concert is Thursday, April 7 and doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are available online at http://www.uwhillel.org/hiphop or people can contact me (zbmiller@wisc.edu) if they would like to skip the online process and get paper tickets immediately. Interested students should act soon. Thanks.

– Zac Miller

Volunteers Needed – The Arabian Nights

The Center for the Humanities’ Great World Texts program is organizing its annual Student Conference, an all-day event at which high school students from throughout the state will present the work they’ve been doing this year in their participation with The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin.

They are still looking for volunteers who can help with this event (for as long or as little as they’re able), which will take place from 8:00 am-4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6 in Memorial Union.  Volunteers will help students check in, find their rooms, and sit in on presentations to participate in the Q&A and help give students a sense of the college experience.  Students and instructors of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies are especially encouraged to participate, so they can engage in conversations with these students and share their experiences and perspectives.

If you can help, please contact Heather DuBois Bourenane, the Project Coordinator, at greattexts@humanities.wisc.edu and let her know your availability.

Galilee Exchange Program

A message from the Coordinator:

My name is William Spisak, I am from the American Mideast Leadership Network, a 
non-profit organization based in New York that seeks to improve relations 
between the U.S. and the Arab world  through exchange programs. I am writing to 
you in regards to our latest  program, the "My Galilee" Exchange Program in 
Israel this Summer. "My Galilee", organized with our sister organization the  
American Cultural Center of Nazareth (ACCON), is a unique initiative as  it 
focuses on grassroots dialogue between American students and  Arab-Israeli 
students in the Galilee- a part of Israel with an Arab  majority. This program 
will display the truly multidimensional nature of  the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict. The program will include daily Arabic classes, meetings with political 
leaders,  dialogue sessions with Arab-Israeli students to discuss salient issues  
in US-Arab relations, meetings with civic leaders from across the political 
spectrum, and of course visits to all the historical sites associated with the 
Galilee and Jerusalem. 

For more information you can visit our partner's site at www.accon.us  otherwise email me 
or feel free to call me at 347-924-9674. We are currently accepting 
applications, and seats are  limited.Thank  you.  


William Spisak 
Employment and Internship Services Coordinator 
American Mideast Leadership Network 
P: 347-924-9674
F. 917-591-2177
25-82 Steinway St/ Suite 2R 
Astoria, NY 11103 

Upcoming Lecture: “The Little Ice Age Crisis in the Ottoman Empire”

The Middle East Studies Program is proud to announce the next lecture in our Spring Lecture Series, “The Little Ice Age Crisis in the Ottoman Empire” by Professor Sam White of Oberlin College.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 6pm in Ingraham Hall Room 206.

Dr. White’s research specializes on the early modern world and on the study of past climate fluctuations and their impact on human societies.  His first book, The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, on the Little Ice Age crisis in the Middle East, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit mideast.wisc.edu, call (608)265-6583, or email cmes@mideast.wisc.edu.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Opportunity for Fall 2011

Participate in BRIDGE

Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments

Fall 2011

U.S. American students interested in learning about other cultures and introducing international students to life in the US can volunteer to be a BRIDGE partner.  Participants will attend a one night Intercultural Leadership Workshop and gain valuable intercultural and diversity leadership skills.  Participants will be involved in and help coordinate educational and fun activities throughout the semester.

§ Make friends with students from around the world!

§ Introduce new international students to your culture.

§ Learn about other countries and customs from international students.

Apply now to become a BRIDGE partner for Fall 2011.  The deadline for US American partners is Friday, April 15th.  More information and applications are available online at http://www.iss.wisc.edu/bridge/application.html or at the International Student Services Office, 217 Red Gym, 716 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706.

For additional information, email bridge@studentlife.wisc.edu .