Solmaz Sharif will give the 2023 Maziar Maghsoodnia Memorial Fund Reading on September 13, 2023 at 4pm in the David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room. Following, she will be in conversation with Lubna Safi.
August 17, 2023
August 10, 2023
The MELC department mourns Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, an esteemed colleague and long-time member of the Department, who passed away in July, aged 92.
July 1, 2023
MELC is delighted to announce that Nora Jacobsen Ben Hammed is joining the department as Assistant Professor of Islamic Thought beginning in Fall 2023.
May 9, 2023
The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures's Commencement Ceremony will take place at The Women's Faculty Club at 4:00PM on May 12, 2023.All Graduates (B.A., M.A., C.Phil, Ph.D) who received or will receive degrees in Fall 2022 and Spring and Summer 2023 are invited to participate in the ceremony. Names of all students who received awards and honors will be also announced.
May 1, 2023
Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor (emerita) of Near Eastern Studies, was awarded the California Institute of Technology’s prestigious Francis Bacon Award in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology for 2022.
March 18, 2023
On March 17 and 18, 2023, the Center of Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) with the support of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC), and the Italian Institute of Culture, San Francisco hosted the multidisciplinary and multi-media conference The Past into the Future: Af
March 5, 2023
On March 3-4, 2023, the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley hosted the first Berkeley Workshop on Middle Persian Documents & Sealings. This virtual workshop brought together scholars from around the world to discuss, analyze, and advance the study of the valuable, yet still under-appreciated, collections of Middle Persian texts and sealings stemming from late Sasanian and early Islamic Iran, the Levant, Central Asia, and Egypt.
January 19, 2023
Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor Emerita of Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, has been named as one of the 2023 Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lecturers at UC Berkeley. For more than a century, UC Berkeley’s academic senate has selected distinguished faculty members whose research has changed the trajectory of their disciplines and expanded the global understanding of a subject.
August 15, 2022
Lubna Safi, a graduate student in MELC focusing on Arabic literature, has just published her debut collection of poetry Your Blue and the Quiet Lament, with Texas Tech University Press. The book is described as follows:
May 10, 2022
The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures's Commencement Ceremony took place at The Women's Faculty Club on campus at 2:00PM on May 13, 2023.
Dr. John Hayes, emeritus lecturer in MELC, delivered a commencement speech entitled What do I care about the gender of turtles, redux.
Congratulations to all the graduates!
March 4, 2022
The inaugural Maziar Maghsoodnia Persian Poetry Reading will be given by Dr. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, Senior Research Fellow in Persian and Professor of Persian Literature at Wadham College, University of Oxford. The event will be titled An Earthly Paradise or a City Teeming with Rabble? Shiraz as depicted in the poetry of Hafez and his contemporaries.
August 16, 2021
May 1, 2020
A new start-up fund will allow the University of California, Berkeley to bring Assyrian studies into the curriculum by supporting visiting faculty, courses, digital projects, and conferences, the campus announced. The efforts, made possible by a $675,000 gift from Nora Betyousef Lacey, will include support for a visiting faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern Studies in the College of Letters and Science. At the discretion of the dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities, the fund may be shared jointly with the Department of History.