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Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics Announced

Join us for the February and March 2018 Lecture Series in Hebrew Bible/Northwest Semitics, sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies. The series features lecturers Jacqueline Vayntrub from Brandeis University, Lauren Monroe from Cornell University, Jessie DeGraddo from the University of Chicago, and Alice Mandell from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Alumnus Hired at Prestigious University in South Korea

Congratulations to 2008 Near Eastern Studies PhD graduate Seung-Il Kang, who was recently hired as an associate professor at Yonsei University. Yonsei is one of the top three universities in South Korea, and it was founded in 1885, making it the oldest university in the country.


Book Edited by Glenn Schwartz Receives ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award

Glenn Schwartz

The Department of Near Eastern Studies is proud to announce that Rural Archaeology in Early Urban Northern Mesopotamia: Excavations at Tell al-Raqa’i, edited by Glenn Schwartz (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, 2015) has been named the recipient of the 2017 ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award for the most substantial volume dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports, and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean.


Sidnie White Crawford to Deliver 2017 Samuel Iwry Lecture

The 2017 Samuel Iwry Lecture presents Sidnie White Crawford, Willa Cather professor of classics and religious studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Monday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Mudd Hall 26. Professor Crawford will deliver the lecture, “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible.” Please join Professor Crawford for coffee before the lecture at 5 p.m.


Dr. Salima Ikram Presents, “Food and Feasting in Pharaonic Egypt”

Join us in Mudd Hall 26 on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. to hear Salima Ikram give the lecture, “Food and Feasting in Pharaonic Egypt.” Dr. Ikram is a visiting professor in Near Eastern languages and civilization at Yale University and a distinguished professor at American University in Cairo.


Congratulations Near Eastern Studies Graduates

Congratulations to our Near Eastern Studies graduates: Ashley Arico (Egyptology), Joshua Bowen (Assyriology), Katherine Davis (Egyptology), Meredith Fraser (Egyptology), John (TJ) Thames (Hebrew Bible/NW Semitics), and Laura Wright (Hebrew Bible/NW Semitics).


2017 ANSHE Lecture on April 6

The 2017 ANSHE Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Gilman Hall 50. Dr. Ellen F. Morris, Department of Classics and Ancient Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University, will present, “Prevention Through Deterrence BCE: Pharaonic Border Control and the Structural Violence of a Weaponized Desert.” A pre-lecture reception will be held at 5 p.m., and a reception will follow the lecture in the Gilman Atrium.


39th annual William Foxwell Albright Lecture

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Join us at 5:30 p.m. March 31 for the 39th annual William Foxwell Albright Lecture. This event is sponsored by The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Foundation. This year’s Albright Lecture will celebrate the career of P. Kyle McCarter upon his retirement.