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04/02/2024

Mr. Saul Dreier, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Holocaust Survivor Band, will be speaking at GW's SMPA on April 4th at 6:30 pm.

Link: https://gwchabad.com/song

02/16/2024

Save the date! We'll be hosting a celebration in honor of our 2024 graduates on Saturday, May 18th from 10am-11:30am.

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CANES Alumnus Max McDonald Malik GW '23 just published an article on an ancient textile from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum!

For more details: https://museum.gwu.edu/textile-museum-journal (Volume 50 (2023), pp. 130–139).

12/22/2023

Did you know that FLAS fellowships are available to GW graduate students studying the Middle East? Apply today or before February 1st. To find out more, visit go.gwu.edu/FLAS.

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Last Wednesday, the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies program celebrated eight of our outstanding students by inducting them into the national classical studies honors society, Eta Sigma Phi. Dr. Jenifer Neils, emerita professor of Case Western Reserve University, was our inspiring invited speaker. Congratulations to our newest inductees!

10/19/2023

How does one dig through the past without physically digging?

Next Thursday, October 26th at 6pm ET, learn how three scholars have unearthed the past in a conversation on researching Washington, D.C.’s original plan. Artist Peter Waddell paints scenes of American history, art historian Jackie Streker specializes in prints and printmaking, and ancient art historian Professor Elise Friedland studies echoes of Greek and Roman art in D.C. Though from different fields, each has interpreted Pierre “Peter” L’Enfant’s plan for the capital city according to their professions’ practices.

Attend in-person or online by registering at: https://museum.gwu.edu/exhibition-program-interpreting-lenfants-plan

09/18/2023

Do you need extra support in your language learning journey and want to get help from a fellow student? Visit our tutors in Rome Hall 676 during their tutoring hours, which can be found at go.gwu.edu/cnelctutoring.

D.C. Mondays: Classical Washington | The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum | The George Washington University 09/06/2023

Do you know D.C.? Check out the D.C. Mondays series, virtual programs on Washington’s dynamic (and often surprising) history.

Next Monday, September 11th at noon, join Professor Elise Friedland on Zoom as she explores the role of Greek and Roman art and architecture in the planning, building, and decorating of America’s capital city. Where else in the United States can you see a Greek Doric temple housing a colossal cult statue (the Lincoln Memorial); a Roman triumphal arch monumentalizing the main train depot (Union Station); and Roman equestrian statues celebrating victorious American generals (Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Plaza)?

Travel to the ancient past in your backyard, and register for this D.C. Monday today:

D.C. Mondays: Classical Washington | The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum | The George Washington University David Baron, “Washington Monument,” Lincoln Memorial, 2009. CC BY-SA 2.0.   Washington, D.C., is a city like no other in the United States. A Greek Doric temple houses a colossal cult statue (the Lincoln Memorial). A Roman triumphal arch monumentalizes the main train depot (Union Station). Rom...

The Tragic News of the Passing of CNELC and History Professor Diane Harris Cline | Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations | Columbian College of Arts & Sciences | The George Washington University 07/26/2023

Professor Diane Harris Cline of George Washington University's Departments of History and of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, July 8th, surrounded by her loving family, including her devoted husband, Professor Eric H. Cline, and their adult children, Hannah and Joshua. She was just 62 years old. The funeral and interment were held on Wednesday, July 12th, at Temple Mt. Sinai Cemetery (El Paso, Texas), where her family has deep roots going back to the 1880s. A memorial service will be held at some point in the coming weeks (it will be live streamed). With the family, we at George Washington University grieve the tragic passing of such a bright light in our world and within our department.

There is so much that we could say about “Lady Cline,” as many students affectionately called her. She was a gifted scholar, with a BA from Stanford and an MA and Ph.D. from Princeton. She was also a former student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome as well as at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. During her career, she received numerous awards: she was twice a Fulbright Scholar; received multiple fellowships from the NEH; and received the National Archives 2021 Citizen Archivist Award. She was Associate Professor of History and Classics here at GW, and she was also the Coordinator of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program in CNELC. She was a tremendous colleague and a cherished friend.

And, of course, she was a gifted and devoted teacher. Among her most popular classes were Alexander the Great, Sport and Society in Ancient Greece, the History of Greece, Mythology of the Classical World, Greek and Roman Drama, and Digital History. She was certainly, as many of you can attest, a master teacher. Demonstration of this is not only the various teaching awards she received, including the Columbian Prize for Teaching, the prestigious Bender Teaching Award, and the Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching, but also and especially the lore in our halls about her wonderful classes.

Equally impressive were, of course, her many scholarly contributions, including her National Geographic book entitled The Greeks: An Illustrated History (2016), her Oxford University Press volume entitled The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechtheion (1995), an edited volume (which she co-edited with her beloved husband, Professor Eric Cline) The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium (Université de Liège, 1998). In addition, she authored scores of refereed academic articles, a number of which focus on social network analysis in antiquity, an area of research in which Professor Diane Harris Cline was one of the foundational and most prolific scholars. She will be so very sorely missed.

One of the most impressive and most moving of her lectures was just recently delivered on April 18th at GW, on the occasion of her retirement. It was the last lecture that she ever gave; an autobiographical and erudite remembrance entitled simply “A Life in Classics” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXzTyPG4LPw). We heartily recommend this lecture to any and all. You might also wish to read the Archaeological Institute of America's obituary for her (https://www.archaeological.org/in-memory-of-diane-harris-cline-ph-d/), which has just been posted online.

We also wish to mention that for those wishing to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests the Washington Sinfonietta (https://washingtonsinfonietta.org/support) or Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, P.O. Box 5666, Eugene, OR 97405.

With heavy hearts,

Professor Chris Rollston and Professor Elise Friedland, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (CNELC)

The Tragic News of the Passing of CNELC and History Professor Diane Harris Cline | Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations | Columbian College of Arts & Sciences | The George Washington University Emerita Professor Diane Harris Cline (BA Stanford; MA and Ph.D. Princeton), aged 62, of GW’s CNELC and History Departments passed away peacefully on July 8th.

07/06/2023

On May 4th, our five now graduated seniors in the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies program presented their Senior Capstone Studies, individually designed in consultation with a CANES faculty advisor as a culminating project aligned with their interests, previous curricular and co-curricular experience, and their future goals.

07/03/2023

Congratulations to Professor Mohssen Esseesy for receiving the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award! He was also inducted as a full member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the 13th Annual Faculty Honors Ceremony.

06/27/2023

Over 50 faculty, staff, and students from CNELC and History attended our Department Operations Manager Michael Weeks’ retirement party. In his honor, the History Department lounge will be named after him. Thank you for everything, Michael!

06/09/2023

On April 18th, Professor Diane Harris Cline gave an address “A Life in Classics”, detailing her career in academia as a professor, author, ancient Greek historian, and classical archaeologist. She has had a tremendous impact on her students and colleagues and will be honored with emerita status upon her retirement. We will miss you, Dr. Cline!

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Do you need to add another GPAC course to your Fall schedule? Consider taking Beginner Hebrew I!

03/09/2023

Please join us on Tuesday, March 21st at 6pm for a distinguished lecture on "Thinking About Slavery in Ancient Greece: An Anthropology of the Implicit" by Prof. Paulin Ismard from Aix-Marseille University on Zoom.

https://chs.harvard.edu/event/thinking-about-slavery/

02/13/2023

Save the date! We'll be hosting a celebration in honor of our 2023 graduates on Saturday, May 20 from 10am-11:30am. More details to come.

01/31/2023

You are invited to attend an upcoming GW University Seminar next Monday, February 6th at 6pm called "Living and Thinking Under Catastrophe: Combative Decoloniality as Counter-Catastrophic Thinking, Creation, and Action", featuring Dr. Nelson Maldonado-Torres. Prof. Ebtissam Oraby will be moderating this event. Be sure to register on Zoom to attend!

https://gwu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOGgqzMqHNHAFq2wGiPsAC0MGWt2oNDq

01/30/2023

Don't miss out— The American Center of Research in Amman, Jordan, has extended its deadline for fellowship applications to next Tuesday, February 7th! For more information and to apply, go to acorjordan.org/fellowships-2.

01/23/2023

Did you know that FLAS fellowships are available to GW graduate students studying the Middle East? Awards will cover up to 20 credits for the academic year with an estimated $20K annual stipend. Apply today or before February 1st. To find out more, visit go.gwu.edu/FLAS.

01/19/2023

Tutoring will begin next week in Rome Hall 676. Our student tutors know the struggle of learning a new language and are here to help you along the way. Visit go.gwu.edu/cnelctutoring for their tutoring hours!

01/17/2023

Happy first day of classes! We wish you a fantastic start to the semester.

01/03/2023

Happy new year! We are back and getting ready for the new semester.

If you are traveling, you can get a free COVID-19 test once you're back on campus! Let's stay healthy in this new year.

12/23/2022

We are closed from Saturday, December 24th through Monday, January 2nd due to Winter Break and New Year's Day. We hope you have an enjoyable and restful break!

11/30/2022

Already stressed about being stressed for your Arabic final exam? Mark your calendar and join us for the Arabic Program End-Of-Semester Party on Reading Day (Tuesday, December 13th) from 12pm-2pm in Phillips Hall 328/329. Grab food, get study tips, and chat with other Arabic students!

11/17/2022

The Hebrew and Judaic Studies Programs are excited to host a conversation with Assaf Banit and Shay Hazkani about their documentary "The Soldier's Opinion".

The conversation with the filmmakers will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, December 6th from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Attendees will receive a link to stream the film independently beforehand.

To watch the film and participate in the event, please register by Thursday, December 1st at 5pm: https://forms.gle/hbP1st8viyUG9TXFA

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