News & Announcements Archive


Prof. Schwartz Wins ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award

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Congratulations to Professor Glenn Schwartz, winner of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) G. Ernest Wright Award for his book Rural Archaeology in Early Urban Northern Mesopotamia: Excavations at Tell al-Raqa’i. This award is given to the editor or author of the most substantial volume concerning archaeological material, excavation reports, and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. This work must be the result of original research published within the past two years.


Dr. Adelheid Otto and Dr. Berthold Einwag to speak at lecture

Please mark your calendar to attend the following Near Eastern Studies public lecture: Dr. Adelheid Otto and Dr. Berthold Einwag Ludwig-Maximilion University in Munich “New Research in Southern Mesopotamian Cities: Ur and Shuruppak” The lecture will begin at 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Gilman Hall 130G (Near Eastern Studies seminar room) on the Homewood […]


Former Graduate Student Appointed Lecturer

We are happy to announce that Marina Escolano-Poveda, who received her doctorate from our department in December, 2017, has been appointed Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Congratulations, Marina!


32nd Iwry Lecture to Feature Susan Ackerman

Please mark your calendar to attend the 32nd Annual Iwry Lecture, featuring Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College. The lecture, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, is titled, “Drumming Away Demons.” Location to be determined.


Congratulations Near Eastern Studies Graduates

2018 graduates

Congratulations to our Near Eastern Studies graduates (from left to right): Erin Guinn-Villareal – Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics; Marina Escolano-Poveda – Egyptology; Karen (Maggie) Bryson – Egyptology; Jennifer Swerida – Archaeology; William Reed – Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics; and J. Caleb Howard – Assyriology (not pictured).


Graduate Student Wins Best Paper Award

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The Department of Near Eastern Studies is proud to announce that our Egyptology graduate student, Lingxin Zhang, won first prize in the Best Student Paper Contest for “An Astrological Manual from the Tebtunis Library Concerning Women” at the American Research Center in Egypt annual conference in Tucson on April 20-22. Congratulations Lingxin!


Upcoming 2018 ANŠHE Lecture on May 1

The Graduate Students of Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies present the 2018 ANŠHE Lecture with Dr. Emily Hammer, University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Center, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Hammer will give the lecture, “Digital Approaches to Historical Landscapes of the Ancient Near East.”


2018 Albright Lecture Features Dr. Dominique Charpin

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On Tuesday, April 24, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and the Harvey M. & Lyn P. Meyerhoff Foundation present the William Foxwell Albright Lecture 2018. Dominique Charpin, professor, Mesopotamian Civilization, College de France, Paris, will present, “Writing and the King at Mari, Ancient Mesopotamia.”


PhD Alumnus Joins University of Texas at Austin Faculty

Congratulations to 2003 Near Eastern Studies PhD graduate Dr. Bruce Wells, who will be joining the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2018-2019 academic year as associate professor of Hebrew Bible.


Alice Mandell Lecture Rescheduled for March 12

The Alice Mandell lecture, “Family Ties: Kinship Performance and Covenant in the Hebrew Bible,” which is part of the Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics, will be held March 12 at 4:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for March 5.