Jordan Language Academy – Summer 2012

This summer the Jordan Language Academy is offering three 4 to 8 week long  immersion courses to teach international students Arabic/Persian.  These ‘semesters’ will involve almost 200 hours of classroom work as well as cultural activities and a month long stay in Jordan’s capital of Amman.

Anyone still looking for something to do this summer would be wise to look into this engaging study abroad opportunity.

Class Listing for Summer Program

Syllabus for Summer Program

Arabic to English Translation Program

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering an interesting program for anyone wishing to utilize their language skills in Arabic as a translator in the future.  Never before have translators been as necessary as today, so think about considering this exciting language program to further your Middle East Studies career opportunities.

Further info –

UW-Milwaukee’s Graduate Program offers translation study in Arabic to English, Japanese to English, French to English; German to English; English to Spanish, and Spanish to English. Students have the option between the 24-credit graduate certificate in translation and the 30-credit Masters of Arts with a concentration in Translation. Both can be earned in two academic years. As Translation is interdisciplinary, the program combines course work in Languages, the English Department’s Professional and Technical Writing Program, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and the Master of Arts in Languages, Literature and Translation (MALLT) Program, and the program is entirely online. You can like us on Facebook at


Arabic, Persian, Turkish Language Immersion Institute – Summer 2012

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is an eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Outside of the classroom, students commit to using their target language at all times – in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Each language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework.

In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.

Visit the website for more information about this exciting language immersion opportunity.

Third International Conference on Islam – April 13th-14th, 2012

This upcoming weekend the Third International Conference on Islam will convene in Madison, Wisconsin and will be focused on “Islam and Democracy” amongst other engaging Middle East and Islamic related discussions.  Some of the topics to be included, through papers, lectures and discussions, are:

  • Islamic Theological Perspectives on Democracy
  • Islam, Liberalism, and Pluralism
  • Islam, Secularism, and the State
  • Islam and Nationalism
  • Muslim Women and Democracy
  • Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
  • Islam and Democracy in Central Asia
  • Islam and Democracy in Europe
  • Islam and Democracy: Turkey Model
  • Arab Spring

More information on this huge gathering of minds can be found at  It promises to be an intellectually stimulating conference about the ever-changing political and cultural landscape of the Middle East and sure to be of interest to anyone concentrating in the area of Middle East Studies.

April 2011: Upcoming Event: The Arabian Nights

Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha,
creators of the animated series, 1001 Nights
and co-founders of its production company, Big Bad Boo Studios

in a conversation

‘Negotiating the opportunities and dangers
of representing 1001 Nights
at this historical moment
in the US’

Thursday, April 7
1 – 2 p.m.
6203 Social Science Bldg.

The conversation with Rezaei and Jetha is made possible by the ongoing series “Great World Texts in Wisconsin,” sponsored and organized by the U.W. Madison Humanities Center. This year’s “world text” is 1001 Nights. Following on teachers’ workshop in fall and spring semesters, the Center is hosting a student conference on Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 – 3:30 in the Memorial Union to showcase the work of high-school students from around the state who’ve been reading 1001 Nights in their classes. Rezaei and Jetha are the keynote speakers at that conference.

For more information, visit the event website.

Upcoming Lecture: “Ghayn is for Ghazal: From an Eccentric Book to the Arabic Alphabet.”

The Middle East Studies Program is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor Michael Beard of the University of North Dakota on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. in 206 Ingraham Hall. The lecture is titled “Ghayn is for Ghazal: From an Eccentric Book to the Arabic Alphabet.”  Beard is an expert on the Arabic language and a world renowned translator of Middle Eastern literature.

For more information, please see attached poster or call (608) 265-6583, visit, or email

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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