“Islam, Individual and Society” Lecture on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr of George Washington University will be giving a lecture concerning the changing nature of Islamic identity in the modern world this upcoming Friday.  The lecture will be given at 7:00 p.m. in Varsity Hall (#2) in Union South and is free and open to the public.  The lecture is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, Inside Islam, Global Studies and many other organizations throughout campus and has been made available through funding from the Kemper K Knapp Bequest Fund.  Anyone interested in learning more about Islam and how it defines individuals throughout the world should consider attending this lecture.  It will certainly be an engaging talk about the increasingly important topic of how Islam is viewed by both individuals and society.


April 11th, 2012 – Job Opportunity for Persian Preceptor at Harvard University

For any Middle East Studies students or professors proficient in Persian this might be of interest to you –


PRECEPTOR IN PERSIAN – Harvard University

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations seeks applications for a preceptor in Persian beginning September 2012. The position is renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years pending enrollments and performance.  Teaching duties will include a minimum of five courses per year.

The successful applicant should be well versed on the issues of teaching Persian as a foreign language, have experience in teaching all levels of Persian language and literature, both classical and modern.  Specialization in Persian literature, linguistics and culture, or intellectual history is highly desirable.

A strong doctoral record is preferred.

A dossier including a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference, should be submitted no later than April 20, 2012, to the Harvard Employment website:


Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Harvard University

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Turkish Studies Lecture on Tuesday April 17th, 2012

Next week the Center for Turkish Studies and the Madison Association of Turkish Students will be presenting a lecture entitled “The Never-Ending Peace Talks and the Future of Cyprus” given by Birol Yesilada.  It will take place on Tuesday April 17th at 4:00 pm in 5233 Humanities.  Birol is a professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University and will be speaking about the past, present and future political climate in Cyprus, home to one of the more unknown civil conflicts of the past couple decades.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about this hot button issue and what direction Professor Yesilada believes the conflict (or hopefully peace) takes in the near future.