News & Announcements Archive


Dr. Stephen Batiuk Presents Lecture on History of Earliest Wines

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, join us in Gilman Hall 130G to hear a lecture by Dr. Stephen Batiuk, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civiliations and the Archaeology Center, University of Toronto. Dr. Batiuk will present, “Exploring the Roots of the Vine: The History and Archaeology of the Earliest Wines.”


2018 Samuel Iwry Lecture to Feature Susan Ackerman

The Department of Near Eastern Studies presents the 2018 Samuel Iwry Lecture, featuring Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. Prof. Ackerman will present, “Drumming Away Demons,” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 in Gilman Hall 50, the Marjorie Fisher Auditorium.


Dr. Geoffrey Killen Presents Lecture on Egyptian Coffins

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, join us in Gilman Hall 130G as Dr. Geoffrey Killen presents, “Egyptian Coffins: Exploring the Carpenter’s Craft for the Afterlife.” Dr. Killen is an independent scholar of ancient Egyptian wood technology and furniture.


Prof. Schwartz Wins ASOR G. Ernest Wright Award

book cover

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

paper award winner

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.”