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A Celebration of Persian Poetry

Friday, October 30, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Illini Union, room 210
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

Ganga River Conference

Friday, October 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ACES Library Heritage Room

News & Announcements


Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

CSAMES Interim Director Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi was among those honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at the University of Illinois. Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants were each recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Behrooz Ghamari, Associate Professor of History, has a unique teaching philosophy and personal attentiveness that make him a favorite among the students who have taken his courses. He believes it is his responsibility to “create a space in the classroom in which students feel completely safe in speaking their minds.” Earlier this year, Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi, was chosen as a recipient of the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award.

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016

Spring 2016: Persian Poetry Classes taught by Dr. Richard (Dick) Davis

We have been fortunate to have Richard Davis, Emeritus Professor of Persian at Ohio State University on campus for the duration of the Spring 2016 semester. Dr. Davis is a George A. Miller Visiting Professor. He has been teaching two courses on Persian literature, one using texts in Persian (SAME 490) and the other using texts in English.(SAME 199). Dr. Davis is a stellar scholar and expert translator of classical Persian poetry and is a poet in his own right. He manages to translate classical Persian poetry into beautiful English poetry, without losing any of the flavor and idiom of the original Persian—a very difficult task. CSAMES brought him to our campus to give a lecture in February 2013, and we have never seen an audience as enthralled as that one. He was also part of CSAMES' "Celebration of Persian Poetry" held this past October, and presented a CAS/MillerComm lecture April 12 on "Say, man, what do you love?, Persian Poetry and the Varieties of Amorous Experience."

Posted Wed, 30 Dec 2015

Professor Eric Calderwood wins NEH Fellowship (2016-2017)

Professor Eric Calderwood Is a recipient of a National Endowent for the Humanities Fellowship for 2016-2017 for his project “The Memory of Al-Andalus and Spanish Colonialism in Morocco, 1859-1956.” Dr. Calderwood is Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois and CSAMES-affiliated faculty. Congratulations to Dr. Calderwood!

Posted Wed, 30 Dec 2015

Dr. Kenneth Cuno Book wins Hourani Prize

The Middle East Studies Association has awarded the 2015 Albert Hourani Book Prize to Kenneth M. Cuno’s Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt.

 The book takes up a fundamental question for political, social, legal, and cultural history: how did we become moderns? 

Dr. Cuno is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois and CSAMES-affiliated faculty.

Posted Fri, 04 Dec 2015

Two CSAMES Grad Students Receive Boren Fellowships

University of Illinois graduate students Eduardo Alvarez-Gutierrez and Ambar Flores have received Boren Fellowships from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Alvarez-Gutierrez and Flores are master’s students in South Asian and Middle Eastern studies. Details here.

Posted Fri, 10 Jul 2015

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