Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University

AMES brings together the instruction of the languages and literature of more than two thirds of the world's population.

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Returning a Voice to an Enslaved Muslim Scholar | Duke Today 06/27/2023

In "I Cannot Write My Life," Duke AMES Professor Mbaye Lo and UNC Professor Carl Ernst follow two decades of Omar ibn Said's life story. Click below to read more:

Returning a Voice to an Enslaved Muslim Scholar | Duke Today Returning a Voice to an Enslaved Muslim Scholar Mbaye Lo‘s new book on Omar Ibn Said follows two decades of sharing his life story Image Published June 23, 2023 Credits Geoffrey Mock University Communications Tags Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Religion Faculty Diversity Schools Trinity College ...

Duke Diary Dispatch: Hello From Morocco | Duke Today 06/16/2023

"Hello From Morocco"

In this Duke Diary Dispatch, undergrad Anna Rogacki shares her Duke study abroad experience in Morocco. Click below to read more about Anna's experience:

Duke Diary Dispatch: Hello From Morocco | Duke Today Duke Diary Dispatch: Hello From Morocco Image Published June 13, 2023 Credits Anna Rogacki Tags students, undergraduate Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Schools Trinity College of Arts & Sciences During the first 2 weeks of our program, in addition to learning Arabic, we have also been taking a cour...

05/26/2023

Last Saturday, the AMES Japanese program hosted the 38th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Japanese Teachers (SEATJ) on Duke University's East Campus. Many thanks to all our participants!

05/13/2023

Congratulations to our graduating AMES seniors and CAH M.A. students on this year's AMES ! Wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your lives - looking forward to celebrating this afternoon!

Photos from Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University's post 04/27/2023

Many thanks to this semester's Chinese 450S "Understanding China & The U.S." class, taught by AMES Professor Yan Liu, for presenting their research yesterday during Duke's last day of classes (LDOC) for the academic year.

From language policy to antiobiotics, these students shared some very interesting and important research!

03/08/2023

How can we combat anti-Asian racism most effectively and encourage social change? Join Pawan Dhingra, the Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke and UNC, for a free public lecture on March 29 at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:45 that’s open to all. Learn more: https://duke.is/9xafz

Cultural Connections, One Meal at a Time 02/20/2023

Kusum Kanpczyk adds cooking to her Hindi language courses as a way for students to not only learn the language but also the culture & history of India. “Students need to understand the world if they are going to be active, global citizens.” Read more:

Cultural Connections, One Meal at a Time “Don’t burn the onions.” From the faculty kitchen in the John Hope Franklin Center, the sounds of determined chopping and intermittent laughter mixed with the intoxicating aromas of cardamon, coriander, fennel and cumin escape down the hallway.

AMES Postdoc Looks Beyond the Nation State to Underscore the Joint History of East Asia 02/15/2023

Meet Linshan Jiang the postdoc in Chinese cultural studies. She's looking beyond the nation state to underscore the joint history of East Asia. FMI:

AMES Postdoc Looks Beyond the Nation State to Underscore the Joint History of East Asia The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) welcomes Linshan Jiang, postdoctoral associate in Chinese cultural studies, to its faculty for the academic year. Jiang holds a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and cultural studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Along....

AMES Postdoc Studies the Cultural Underbelly of Japanese Literature 01/26/2023

AMES welcomes Linda Galvane, postdoctoral associate in Japanese and East Asian cultural studies, to its faculty for the academic year.

AMES Postdoc Studies the Cultural Underbelly of Japanese Literature The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) welcomes Linda Galvane, postdoctoral associate in Japanese and East Asian cultural studies, to its faculty for the academic year.

Two Duke Seniors, One DKU Alumnus Earn Schwarzman Scholarship for Graduate Study in China 12/12/2022

Congratulations to Cole Walker (AMES major, Chinese) and Raghav Rasal (AMES minor, Chinese language) for being named Schwarzman Scholars! Click below to read more:

Two Duke Seniors, One DKU Alumnus Earn Schwarzman Scholarship for Graduate Study in China Two Duke University seniors and a Duke Kunshan University alumnus have been named Schwarzman Scholars, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing. They are among approximately 150 scholars that will begin the program in August 2023. Duke University seniors Raghav Rasal and Cole Walker have be...

Photos from Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University's post 12/01/2022

Ivy Sun, a third-year Japanese major student (Class of 2024) in AMES, took second place in this year's Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk (J.LIVE Talk) at George Washington University on November 13th, 2022. This Japanese-language speaking competition was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., the Japan Foundation, Nanzan University, among others. Congrats, Ivy!

To read more about Ivy's accomplishment and watch her presentation click below:
https://asianmideast.duke.edu/news/ames-student-takes-second-place-2022-jlive-talk

Photos from Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University's post 11/15/2022

Join us for a two-day event with guest speaker Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk at Duke University. Please be sure to register for each discussion separately with the links provided below:

Day 1
Date: Thursday November 17
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Richard White Lecture Hall
Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orhan-pamuk-richard-white-lecture-hall-duke-university-tickets-442131556387

Day 2
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Nasher Museum of Art
Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orhan-pamuk-nasher-tickets-434508104437

هذا الصباح - في قلب الدوحة.. جماهير العالم تعايش مونديال الأحلام 10/25/2022

Duke Arabic instructor Saad El Hadi and Saad Lahrichi, member of Duke's Arabic debate team, were recently on Al Jazeera to reflect on the team's experience and win at the US Universities Arabic Debating Championship. Their interview starts at 6:28.

هذا الصباح - في قلب الدوحة.. جماهير العالم تعايش مونديال الأحلام تناولت حلقة برنامج الجزيرة هذا الصباح 24/10/2022 المواضيع التالية:فلسطين.. لمة شبابأكتوبر الوردي.. سارئل بالفوانيسبوكتوك.. المعرفة المحمولةقطر.. مونديال النا...

10/17/2022

Congratulations to Majed Al Munefi, Saad Lahrichi, Danah Younis and Zeinab Mukhtar for WINNING the 3rd U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship (defeating Harvard in the finals)!

For the second year in a row, the Duke University Arabic debate team is going to the International Universities Debating Championship. And congratulations to the coach Maha Houssami for her amazing leadership!

AMES Postdoc Juxtaposes Muslim and European Thinkers to Explore Modern Arabic Literature 09/27/2022

The AMES department welcomed Mohamed Wajdi ben Hammed, postdoctoral associate in Arabic Cultural Studies, to its faculty this year. Click below to read more about ben Hammed's teaching and research.

AMES Postdoc Juxtaposes Muslim and European Thinkers to Explore Modern Arabic Literature The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) welcomed Mohamed Wajdi ben Hammed, postdoctoral associate in Arabic Cultural Studies, to its faculty this year. Along with teaching three courses for the academic year, he will also take part in scholarly events and activities, conduct resear...

No Arguments: Arabic Debate Team Among the Top Eight 09/20/2022

Persistence and practice paid off for this Duke-UNC Arabic debate team, with our students building on the diverse experiences they acquired at Duke and individualized attention in Arabic classes, where smaller class sizes helped maximize their potential.

Click below to read more about their top 8 finish at the United States Universities Arabic Debating Championship (USADC):

No Arguments: Arabic Debate Team Among the Top Eight The mere mention of public speaking reduces many to tears: sweaty palms and dry mouth, anxiety levels off the charts and the deafening silence that soon follows when the brain refuses to cooperate. Cue the panic attack. Now, imagine not just public speaking, but debating. Now, imagine debating in Ar...

Four Trinity Faculty Honored with 2022 Undergraduate Teaching Awards 09/19/2022

Congratulations to AMES Hindi Lecturer Dr. Kusum Knapczyk for receiving the Richard K. Lublin Award! Click below to read more.

Four Trinity Faculty Honored with 2022 Undergraduate Teaching Awards The Arts & Sciences Council’s Committee on Undergraduate Teaching has announced this year’s recipients of awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Each recipient was recognized at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting, where Committee Chair Connel Fullenkamp expressed appreciation for the many...

August/September 2022 Working@Duke 09/12/2022

Interested in the latest issue of Working@Duke? See below for one of their featured interviews with our very own DGS Assistant, Stacy Weiss!

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Meet the QuadEx Faculty Fellows 09/06/2022

AMES Professor Didem Havlioğlu has been named one of the seven faculty members that have been chosen to serve as Duke University's first QuadEx Faculty Fellows. Click below to read more!

https://today.duke.edu/2022/08/meet-quadex-faculty-fellows

Meet the QuadEx Faculty Fellows Seven faculty members have been chosen to serve as Duke’s first QuadEx Faculty Fellows, responsible for fostering connections between Duke’s academic mission and undergraduate students’ social and residential lives. Each QuadEx Faculty Fellow will be closely associated with (but will not resid...

08/29/2022

Wishing everyone at Duke University a happy First Day of Classes (FDOC)!

HOW DID YOU GET HERE? On caring for strangers, and other Chinatown stories | Eileen Chow | TEDxDuke 05/16/2022

"How did you get here?"

In this TEDx talk, AMES Professor Eileen Chow discusses important themes like identity and respect (among others). Click the link below to view the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w90Jzj6eD5c&feature=youtu.be

HOW DID YOU GET HERE? On caring for strangers, and other Chinatown stories | Eileen Chow | TEDxDuke Instead of asking a stranger, “Where are you (really) from?”, Eileen Cheng-yin Chow suggests that “How did you get here today?” might yield a more meaningful...

After Student Activism, Duke Launches Asian American & Diaspora Studies Minor 05/12/2022

Want to learn more about Duke University's new Asian American & Diaspora Studies minor? Select the links below to read Duke University and Washington Post articles about the minor and its history:

https://asianmideast.duke.edu/news/after-student-activism-duke-launches-asian-american-diaspora-studies-minor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/05/aapi-studies-duke/

After Student Activism, Duke Launches Asian American & Diaspora Studies Minor After decades of advocacy and a unanimous vote from the Arts & Sciences Council in February, Duke undergraduates have a new option to consider when registering for fall 2022 classes: a minor in Asian American & Diaspora Studies. The Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) has partnered with...

Photos from Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University's post 05/08/2022

Congratulations and best of luck to everyone graduating today! Also wishing a very happy Mother's Day to all the maternal figures out there!

Photos from Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University's post 05/08/2022

Congratulations to all the AMES graduates today! Wishing you the best of luck in your future and a wonderful Duke University commencement tomorrow!

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