January 29, 2010
Grand opening of the Gallery of Islamic Art in Detroit
Graham W. J. Beal, Director Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Asian & Islamic Art Forum at the Detroit Institute of Arts cordially invite you to celebrate the grand opening of the new Gallery of Islamic Art.
Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Reception with Gallery Preview and Silk Road Dinner
(Dinner prepared in accordance with Islamic law)
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sheila Canby
Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge
Department of Islamic Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
and a special recital by
Simon Shaheen and Ensemble
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
National dress preferred, black tie optional
Valet parking at the Woodward entrance
Proceeds to benefit Asian & Islamic Art Forum at the DIA
For ticket inquiries, please contact Tim Burns at 313-833-4025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or see below*
The Honorary Committee
His Excellency Abdulwahab Abdulla Al-Hajjri
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
His Excellency Husain Haqqani
Embassy of Pakistan
His Excellency Aziz Mekouar
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
Her Excellency Houda Nonoo
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa
Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Dr. Robert Noble
Consul General of Canada in Detroit
Mr. Bachir Tawk
Acting Consul General of Lebanon in Detroit
Mr. Vincente M. Sanchez Ventura
Consul General of Mexico in Detroit
I have access to printed invitations, including ticket requests. Tickets are $250 apiece. Tables of 10 are available.
Please note that $140 of each ticket may be tax-deductible. MICS #1742
Reservations will be held at the door; no tickets will be mailed.
DIA website: http://www.dia.org/default.asp?menu=main&main=yes
University of Utah in Istanbul
University of Utah Study Abroad Program in Istanbul
27 May - 16 July, 2010
This is a 6- or 8-credit summer study abroad program for Turkish language students of all levels. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to improve their language skills at TOMER's Istanbul branch (http://www.tomer.ankara.edu.tr) while living in Istanbul. In addition to 20 classroom hours a week for 6 weeks, the program includes day-long excursions and lecture series. Students will be housed at the Galata Residence Hotel (walking distance to school) in apart suites.
The curriculum includes intensive language courses at all levels. Classes are taught by experienced Turkish language teachers who are native speakers. Students who have completed at least one semester of Turkish are eligible to participate in the program.
Thursday May 27 Depart the U.S.
Friday May 28 Meet group in Istanbul
Monday May 31 Classes begin
June 25- July 4 Break: An optional trip to Aegean
additional fees will apply)
Monday July 5 Classes resume
Friday July 16 Program ends
Application deadline: February 26, 2010
For more information about the application process, please visit:
For more information about the program please contact the Program Director:
Department of Languages and Literature &
Middle East Center
Office: LNCO 1215
University of Utah
Room 1400 LNCO
255 S. Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages List
4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference
REMINDER: Deadline January 31
4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference
April 23-25, 2010
University of Michigan
Keynote speaker: Susan Bernofsky
We are seeking graduate student translators to participate in the
4th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference to be held
April 23-25, 2010, as part of the University of Michigan's Year of
Translation. We hope to gather emerging and established translators
for a weekend of workshops and roundtables, as well as a keynote
address and reading by Susan Bernofsky, recipient of multiple awards
from the PEN Translation Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We encourage graduate student translators translating from any time
period and any language into English to apply for a place in a
translation workshop. Workshops may include but are not limited to:
post-colonial literature, feminist literature, humor, drama,
translating dead authors, Jewish languages, Classical literatures,
literature from South Asia, East Asia, from the Middle East, from
South America, from Africa, from Europe.
Workshops will be limited to six participants. Each member will have
one text workshop and will be expected to comment on the texts of
the other workshop members.
To apply for a workshop place, please send 5-10 poems or 5-10 pages
of prose, a scan of the original text, as well as a one-page
statement about your motivations for translating the text and
specific challenges it presented you as a translator. In your
application, please indicate at least one or two workshops (from the
list above, or suggest a new one) in which you would be interested
in participating with your work. Please also attach a CV.
Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. Applicants will be
notified of the organizers? decision by February 22.
Please note: a limited amount of financial assistance for travel may
be available in certain circumstances; contact the organizers if you
would not be able to attend without some support. Every effort will
be made to provide accommodation for successful applicants from
> outside the Ann Arbor area; however, we can't guarantee accommodation.
Inquiries may be directed to the conference organizers, Emily Goedde
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Corine Tachtiris (email@example.com)
Dicounted Flights: NCUSAR and Qatar Airways Partner to Provide Discounted Global Travel
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January 20, 2010
Dear Traveler and Friend of the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations:
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To celebrate the launch of this new partnership, we are pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has extended to the National Council network a cost savings program that will make your future international travel more affordable and offer you a range of exclusive privileges and benefits designed to make traveling with the airline exceptionally smooth and comfortable. Preferred pricing will support your travel needs and facilitate your travel planning within and beyond the Qatar Airways network at a significant savings.
To qualify for preferred pricing, please contact Ms. Brenda Gilbert at Connoisseur Travel Ltd. You must mention this offer and identify yourself as being affiliated with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in order to qualify for preferred pricing. At least one leg of your international travel must be on Qatar Airways or a partner airline. This provision allows for the use of U.S. flag airlines where that is necessitated by U.S. government requirements or program funding.
Please contact Connoisseur Travel and Ms. Brenda Gilbert at 1-800-858-0011 or 202-223-1001 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2010 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels
When: July 12 - August 13, 2010
Application forms and information available at: http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/
The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 2010 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, hosted and co-organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This program is supported by grant funds from the European Commission.
This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing degrees at US and Canadian universities to study the EU up close with leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic; and to gain an understanding of the "real world" of EU institutions through discussions with officials and site visits in Brussels, the political
capital of the European Union. The program includes site visits to EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg, along with several special group activities and meals. This five-week program will run from July 12th to August 13th, 2010. Applications are due March 12th, 2010.
Program Courses and Credits:
The Brussels program is designed for upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in the European Union, international studies and/or political science. The program features a seminar on "Current EU Policy Debates" taught by Nils Ringe (University of Wisconsin Assistant Professor of Political Science); a course on "EU
Institutions" with Dr. Peter Hobbing (former Principal Administrator of the European Commission); and an EU simulation module. Students will earn 12 University of Washington quarter credits (equivalent to 8 semester credits) upon successful completion of the program.
Costs and Financial Aid:
The program fee for the 2010 program is $2600. The program fee includes instructional costs, program trips & events. The fee does not include housing, airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses, or fees charged by the UW International Programs and Exchanges office ($250 for UW students and $450 for non-UW students).
Grants funding is available on a competitive basis to students on this program. UW students are eligible to apply for the quarterly IPE scholarship. Non-UW students may also qualify for funding from their home institutions.
Applications and More Information:
Additional information, as well as the application form, procedures and deadlines, can be found on the program's website:http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/brussels/
Once again, the application deadline is March 12th, 2010.
For any questions regarding this program please contact:
Mark Di Virgilio
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
120 Thomson Hall
Phone: (206) 616-2415
Summer 2010 internships in Israel and West Bank
George Mason University is offering undergraduate and graduate students
a unique immersion opportunity in Israel and the West Bank during
More information: http://globaled.gmu.edu/programs/internships/israel&palestineintern.html
Amy Eilberg, First Woman Conservative Rabbi
Amy Eilberg, First Woman Conservative Rabbi, Speaks in Ann Arbor
Topic:“Listening for the Sacred in our Lives.”
When: Saturday evening, February 20 at 8:00 p.m
Where: Beth Israel (2000 Washteanw Ave.)
On Sunday, February 21 Rabbi Eilberg will facilitate a full day retreat on the topic of Spirituality & Social Justice from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the JCC (2935 Birch Hollow Dr.) in an event co-sponsored by TBE, BIC, UM Hillel, AARH and Pardes Hannah.
Rabbi Amy Eilberg directs interfaith dialogue programs in the Twin Cities after many years working in pastoral care, hospice and spiritual direction. She teaches the art of compassionate listening in venues throughout the country.
Eilberg's college and graduate school years coincided with the height of the Jewish feminist movement. She entered Brandeis University in fall 1972, the same year the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi. Priesand. During her undergraduate years, Eilberg decided to pursue a path to the Conservative rabbinate, even though the Jewish Theological Seminary was, at that time, a decade away from its decision to ordain women.
In 1976, Eilberg entered the Seminary as an MA student in Talmud. After completing the masters program, she continued her academic work as a doctoral student in Talmud. While Eilberg and other women hoping to enter the rabbinical school pursued graduate studies, the battles surrounding women's ordination grew more intense. In 1982, she entered the Masters of Social Work program of Smith College in order to train in the pastoral aspects of rabbinic work. In October 1983, following heated debate at both the Jewish Theological Seminary and in the Rabbinical Assembly, a vote was taken by the Seminary faculty to admit women to the Rabbinical School beginning with the incoming class of the fall 1984. Nineteen women, including Amy Eilberg, were admitted to the Rabbinical School. Since Eilberg had already completed most of the Rabbinical School curriculum, she was able to graduate in the same academic year, becoming the first female Conservative rabbi on May 14, 1985.
In 1991, Eilberg, together with Rabbi Nancy Flam (Reform), co-founded the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. At the height of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, the Jewish Healing Center offered spiritual care to Jews living with illness, death, and loss.
Red Sea V International Conference: Navigated spaces, connected places
Red Sea V: Navigated spaces, connected places
The fifth international conference on the peoples of the Red Sea region
16-19 Sept. 2010, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Celebrating ten years of Red Sea scholarship
The MARES Project at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, is delighted to host the tenth anniversary conference of the Red Sea Project series, founded by the Society for Arabian Studies. The conference will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the IAIS and city of Exeter, and will coincide with a Dhow Exhibition to be held at the Institute.
Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words to the Organising Committee on the archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, history and language of the peoples of the Red Sea region from the earliest times to the present day. Although the organisers particularly encourage papers addressing movement, navigation and land/seascape on the Red Sea, including maritime networks, seafaring, navigation and ports; boatbuilding traditions and technologies; trade and material contact across the sea; sacred space and pilgrimage and identity among maritime communities; submissions reflecting other aspects of humanities research in the region are welcome. Proposals for themed panels of four papers are also welcome.
Abstracts for individual papers should be 250-500 words in length. Proposals for themed panels should comprise four individual abstracts plus a panel proposal of 300 words. All abstracts and proposals should be sent to email@example.com or the following postal address:
Red Sea V Committee, The MARES Project, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4ND, United Kingdom
Please note the extended deadline for submission: 15 May 2010.
The Organising Committee comprises Professor Dionisius Agius, Dr John Cooper, Dr Chiara Zazzaro, Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Lucy Semaan and Ms Beata Faracik (general support).
For further information about the conference please go to the MARES Project website:
write to us on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* * * * *
The Dhow Exhibition
16th September 2010 – December 2010
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
The MARES Project will be organizing the Dhow Exhibition that will be launched in September 2010 during the Red Sea V Conference, celebrating the first ten years of the Red Sea Studies.
The exhibition will take place at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, which is a beautifully located and light building of a distinctive architectural style evocative of the Middle East region. The exhibition will include an active community involvement component, such as a range of visits and talks, bringing the people of the South West England together to explore the world of dhows. We would like to make this event successful and staying in visitors’ memories for a long time, possibly even encouraging them to discover themselves some of the wonders of the world of dhows during their travels.
We are currently collecting old photographs, paintings and other representations of dhows, in particular those related to both African and Arabian costs of the Red Sea (i.e. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan, and Djibouti). We are also looking for people who have or are in the process of making dhow models of the Red Sea area or are in possession of marine paintings depicting dhows.
We are especially interested in exhibiting ‘hidden treasures’, i.e. items that were never before presented to wider public.
Our long term plan is to have all the exhibits digitised and accessible to the general public online by 2012/2013.
For an informal talk about the Dhows Exhibition 2010 please contact Beata Faracik, The MARES Project Research Support Officer, either by email at email@example.com or by phone on +44 (0) 1392 72 52 51.
All paper correspondence should be sent to:
MARES Project Dhow Exhibition
University of Exeter
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Exeter, EX4 4ND
Call for Papers Flyer Link: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=1267aba9ccbf18c0&mt=application%2Fpdf&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F%3Fui%3D2%26ik%3D956b775129%26view%3Datt%26th%3D1267aba9ccbf18c0%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dattd%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTCRLZO5SD3g4mp-biDf_zC5OUJ5A
Registration Form Link: https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=956b775129&view=att&th=1267aba9ccbf18c0&attid=0.2&disp=vah&zw
IU NELC Summer Arabic Program 2010
Study Arabic at Indiana University-Bloomington:
The NELC department at Indiana University-Bloomington is pleased to offer opportunities for Arabic language study at all levels. Our Arabic courses are proficiency-based and stress all language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and vocabulary building. They are taught by trained and experienced instructors and utilize small-group study. Please see the attached flyer for details, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Goodbody Hall 102
1011 E. 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
Phone: (812) 855-5993
NELC Summer 2010 Course Offerings
First Summer Session (May 11–June 17)
A200/A600--Intermediate Arabic I
A200/A600 Intermediate Arabic I is a continuation of A150/A550. It will focus on the mastery of grammar, including more complex structures, acquisition and expansion of vocabulary, and the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. These objectives are achieved through intensive oral/aural practice using audio and video materials. In addition to working on all language skills, special attention will be given to the morphology and syntax of Arabic. Classes will be conducted in Arabic as much as possible.
Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-Arabiyya (with DVDs) vol. I
Wehr, Hans. A Dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic, ed. J. M. Cowan (any edition).
Second Summer Session (June 18–August 13)
A250/A650--Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic II is a continuation of A200/600. It will focus on the mastery of grammar, acquisition and expansion of vocabulary, and the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-Arabiyya (with DVDs) vols. I & II
Wehr, Hans. A Dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic, ed. J. M. Cowan (any edition).
SWEESEL Summer 2010 Course Offerings
Nine-Week Session (June 14–August 13)
A100/A500 & A150/A550--Elementary Arabic I & II
This nine-week course covers two full semesters of material. Students will master the Arabic alphabet and sound system. Using a communicative/proficiency-oriented approach, the class will speak, read, and write in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will be able to talk about themselves, their education, and families, as well as ask basic questions and comprehend simple written texts.
Brustad, Kristen, et al. Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds.
Brustad, Kristen, et al. Al-Kitaab: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One.
Hans Wehr. A Dictionary of Modern Standard Arabic, ed. J. M. Cowan (any edition).
Course Flyer Link:
January 13, 2010
University of London - Professorial Fellowships Available
The School of Advanced Study, University of London offers two
Visiting Professorial Fellowships in the humanities and social
sciences: The ST Lee Professorial Fellowship and The School of Advanced Study Professorial Fellowship.
Applications for 2010–11 are now invited from senior scholars wishing to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. Both Fellowships are tenable for up to six consecutive months between September and June of any academic year. The Fellowships offer travel, accommodation and research expenses up to a determined maximum.
Application and Contact Details
Holders of the Fellowships will be ready to pursue their work in the context of an active and vigorous relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community within the School, and to play a leading intellectual role in cross-School seminars and other programmes. Applicants must be able to show that their research can benefit from the resources of one or more of the Institutes in the School, and that it will contribute productively to the range of activities across the School. Intending applicants may wish to contact the Director(s) of the relevant Institute(s) in advance (see below for the website address).
Deadline for submission is 31 January 2010.
Further particulars and the application form are available from the website: www.sas.ac.uk/fellowshipprogrammes.html
Budapest, Hungary - Summer Course at Central European University
Summer Course: “MESSIANISM - JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES”
Course Dates: 5 - 16 July, 2010
Location: Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary,
Detailed course description: http://www.summer.ceu.hu/messianism
Michael L. Miller, Central European University, Nationalisms Studies Program/Jewish Studies, Budapest, Hungary
Matthias Riedl, Central European University, Department of History, Budapest, Hungary
Ida Fröhlich, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hebrew Studies, Budapest, Hungary
Michael A. Gillespie, Duke University, Department of Political Science, Durham, US
Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, Department of History, Durham, US
Moshe Idel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel
Vlad Naumescu, Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Hungary
Target group: This summer school encourages applications from advanced graduate students, junior faculty and researchers. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee: EUR 550. Financial aid is available.
Application deadline: February 15, 2010
Online application: https://apply.embark.com/NonDegree/CEU
Watson Institute - Visiting Fellowship Positions
Please review this website
to learn about Watson’s three year residential visiting fellowships that may be suitable for some of your recent students or others in their cohort.
Michigan Journal of International Affairs - Call for Writers
The Michigan Journal of International Affairs is a student-run UM magazine focusing on coverage and analysis of global affairs. We would like to distribute the journal and membership information to students concentrating in faculties connected to our work (political science, international affairs, public policy, area studies, etc.)
Students interested in writing for us can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are encouraged to join, regardless of experience or major.
January 08, 2010
University of Notre Dame - Conference on World Literature - Call for Papers
Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries
An Interdisciplinary Conference on World Literature
Call For Papers
The PhD in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame announces a conference entitled “Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries,” in tribute to its objective to encourage and develop research on the place of world literature. In the last few years an increasing number of eminent scholars have been drawing attention to the manner in which the institutional division of literatures into an archipelago of disciplines enclosed in national boundaries hampers and even distorts literary studies. The publication of books like Gayatri Spivak’s Death of a Discipline and Emily Apter’s The Translation Zone demonstrates increasing dissatisfaction with the traditional model of comparative literature, and various alternate approaches to literature have surfaced: “global literature” (Jameson), “cosmopolitanism” (Robbins, Brennan, Appiah), “transationalism” (Spivak), “world literature” (Damrosch). The motivation for this event comes from Goethe’s idea of Weltliteratur: “National literature is now a rather unmeaning term; the epoch of world literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach.” Professor David Damrosch, Chair of Literature and World Literature at Harvard University and author of What is World Literature? and How to Read World Literature, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.
Goethe’s conception of world literature allows us to recognize that national and cultural boundaries still exist, but that literature circulates across these boundaries, helping to reshape relations among peoples. This conference is dedicated to considering literature as a space that extends beyond historical, linguistic, and traditional disciplinary boundaries and welcomes papers that approach literature as an alternative and/or minority discourse across cultural, political, national, institutional and social limitations. Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following ways in which literature crosses boundaries: Transmission, Translation, Transference, Transaction, Transgression.
The conference organizers invite abstracts for individual 15-20 minute papers on any related theme in literature ranging from classical to contemporary. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by January 15, 2010 to email@example.com. Please include your name, affiliation, and paper title in your email; and attach an abstract with title ONLY in PDF or Word format for blind review.
U.S. Department of STate - Fulbright Information Sessions
U.S. Department of State Fulbright Information Sessions
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
All sessions will be held from 12:00-1:00pm in room 2609 SSWB.
Description: The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 155 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at the University of Michigan through the International Institute. At the information session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisor will describe the application and selection process and provide suggestions for making your application more competitive.
Eligibility Criteria: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan, applicants must (a) be U-M students, alumni or staff; (b) be U.S. citizens; (c) have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and (d) demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.
Deadline: The University of Michigan deadline is Friday, September 10, 2010.
Fulbright Program Advisors:
Undergraduates & Alumni Applicants: Kelly Peckens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate, Professional School, & Arts Applicants: Amy Kehoe (email@example.com)