Modern Middle East Languages

At the El-Zitouna Mosque in the Medina of Tunis

In the Shadow of History: A Summer in Tunisia

August 15, 2022

In the summer of 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ five-week Arabic language program in Tunis made its long-awaited return. Led for a fifth time by the Gordon Gray Research Professor of Arabic and outgoing CMES Director William Granara, the program synthesized modern Tunisian history, literature, and culture through various texts dating from the early-twentieth-century pre-Independence period to the contemporary, post-Revolution setting. Nicolas Pantelick ’24, a joint NELC and government concentrator pursuing a concurrent AM degree...

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Cooperson Gibb 2022 group

The Gibb Lecture Series 2022: Two Talks by Michael Cooperson

May 27, 2022

Hacı Osman Gündüz, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

After two years of dormancy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hamilton A. R. Gibb Lecture Series was back in action in March 2022. The series is the tāj (crown) of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as CMES Director William Granara, Gordon Gray Professor of the Practice of Arabic, described it. The series was established in 1964 with funds provided by John Goelet, who was a student of Sir Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb (d. 1976), the former James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and University Professor at Harvard University. This year’s guest speaker was Michael Cooperson, Professor of Arabic and the University of California, Los Angeles, who is the first speaker of the series to have completed all his higher education – AB ('87), AM ('91), and PhD ('94) – at Harvard.... Read more about The Gibb Lecture Series 2022: Two Talks by Michael Cooperson

2022 Mar 23

Learning Arabic Backwards: Was It Absolutely Frightening?

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Online (Zoom registration info below)

CMES is pleased to present the 2022 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic & Islamic Studies Lecture Series with

Michael Cooperson
Professor of Arabic, University of California, Los Angeles

Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3GVY4Bc

Information about the second lecture in this two-part series can be found here: https://bit.ly/3toGwbU.

Please note: This lecture will be online via Zoom, and everyone wishing to attend should register using the link above. Limited in-person seating for Harvard students and faculty may become available. If so, Harvard students and faculty who have registered will be notified of the campus location for the talk. This process will be by invitation only.... Read more about Learning Arabic Backwards: Was It Absolutely Frightening?

2022 Mar 21

Rethinking Arabic Literary History

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Online (Zoom registration info below)

CMES is pleased to present the 2022 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic & Islamic Studies Lecture Series with

Michael Cooperson
Professor of Arabic, University of California, Los Angeles

Register in advance: https://bit.ly/368RNFq

Information about the second lecture in this two-part series can be found here: https://bit.ly/347scw4​​​​​​​.

Please note: This lecture will be online via Zoom, and everyone wishing to attend should register using the link above. Limited in-person seating for Harvard students and faculty may become available. If so, Harvard students and faculty who have registered will be notified of the campus location for the talk. This process will be by invitation-only.... Read more about Rethinking Arabic Literary History

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