ASSYRIAN STUDIES AT BERKELEY
Assyrian Studies at Berkeley is a new program made possible by a generous gift from Nora Lacey and the Avimaleck Betyousef Foundation. This innovative program, the only one like it in the world, spans a range of academic disciplines, including Assyriology, Syriac and Neo-Aramaic studies, history of Eastern Churches in the Middle East and Assyrian Christianity, as well as the modern history of Assyrian communities in the Middle East and their current diaspora. It recognizes the importance of the history, languages, arts, and cultures of Assyria and the Assyrians. With this program, the Near Eastern Studies Department, in partnership with other units (History, CMES), integrates the study of Middle Eastern Christianity and its relations with Muslim and Jewish communities in the Middle East. By means of this scope we strive to offer a more complete representation of the Middle East in all its complexity, both historical and modern.
The gift from Nora Lacey and the Avimaleck Betyousef Foundation is unique in its open-minded approach and broad-based thinking about Assyrian Studies. As a designated field, Assyrian Studies does not have the kind of footing in the American Academy that it deserves. The field of Assyriology, that is the study of ancient Assyria, exists in relative isolation from the fields that focus on later periods in the Assyrian collective experience, from the Christian period onward, until the modern diaspora. Our aim is to bring these areas into relation and thus to recognize the history of Assyrian peoples from antiquity to modernity as a field of academic study and research.
Assyrian Heritage Lecture Series
Every year, the Assyrian Heritage Lecture Series brings experts in Neo-Assyrian art, architecture, archeology, literature, and history to share their work with the UC Berkeley and Assyrian communities. Find out more at https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ahf/...