Faculty in the Department of Asian Studies gathered to socialize and relax on February 14th. Professors Uffe Bergeton, John Caldwell, Mark Driscoll, Ji-Yeon Jo, Pamela Lothspeich, Morgan Pitelka, Afroz Taj, Claudia Yaghoobi, and Nadia Yaqub, plus department Accounting Technician Angelika Straus gathered at Linda’s for good cheer.
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THE DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN STUDIES AT UNC CHAPEL HILL INVITES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ARABIC SUMMER COURSES:
- Intensive courses for introductory Arabic studies
- A full academic year (8 credit hours) will be covered over the two summer sessions
- Classes meet five days per week from 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m
- Visiting student application opens February 4, 2019
- Summer School registration begins March 18, 2019
- FLAS funding eligible
First Session (May 15-June 20)
- Elementary Arabic I (ARAB 101, 4 credit hours) Introduction to written and spoken Arabic. Includes introduction to both Modern Standard Arabic and a dialect. No prerequisite.
Second Session (June 24-July 30)
- Elementary Arabic II (ARAB 102, 4 credit hours) Continued introduction to, and development of, written and spoken Arabic skills. Prerequisite: ARAB 101 or departmental placement.
On-campus housing available on request
Program is available to current UNC students, incoming freshmen, students from other universities, community members, and rising high school seniors
For more information about Arabic Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, please visit http://asianstudies.unc.edu/programs/arabic
Associate Professor Pamela Lothspeich has been elected a delegate for Women and Gender in the Profession in the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association, the largest professional organization for scholars of language and literature in the U.S. She will be serving in this capacity for a three-year term beginning in January 2019.
One of the department’s advanced Hindi-Urdu students, Denton Ong, presented his original Hindi poetry at a major Hindi literature conference in Boston. The conference, “Hindi Manch Rashtriya Mahostav (Hindi Manch National Convention)” is the first of its kind in the United States to feature Hindi learners alongside native language poets and creative writers. Attendees included the Consular General from India. Denton wrote his poems in Professor Afroz Taj’s HNUR 306 course as part of a creative writing assignment.
On Saturday, December 1, four students in Professor Lothspeich’s Asia 331/PWAD 3331/HIST 335 “Cracking India: Partition and its Legacy in South Asia,” presented papers on the panel “Gendered Violence at the Time of India’s Partition,” at the Feminisms Here and Now conference organized by graduate students at UNC. The papers of Azba Wahid, Laurel Cunningham, Aashka Patel (Asian Studies major and honors student), and Hannah Feinsilber all dealt with different aspects of the violence women faced when India gained Independence in 1947 and new borders were drawn, creating Pakistan and precipitating mass migrations and upheaval. The panel was well-attended and closed with a lively Q&A.
Dr. Khalid Shahu, Teaching Assistant Professor in Arabic, will offer a new course, “Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic” (ASIA 490-01) in the spring semester of 2019. Please see the attached flyer for more details. Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic Flyer
The UNC campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, has published an article on the establishment of a new Turkish Community Center in Chapel Hill.
A new Turkish Cultural and Community Center, funded in part by Noble Prize winner Aziz Sancar’s foundation, will create interactions between American students at UNC and Turkish students when it opens in spring of 2019.
Gwen Sancar, president of the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, said Chapel Hill needs the center to help bring Turkey’s culture to Americans.
Professor Didem Havlioglu of our department is quoted in the article.