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MESALC Newsletter - Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of the MESALC newsletter is here! Please visit this link to view our newsletter archive.

New Course on Ghandi Offered for Spring 2015

The Politics of Resistance: Philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi.

Farooqi Publishes on Tradition of Ghazal Singing

IWL Study Abroad Scholarship

The Institute of World Languages has newly established the scholarship to support undergraduate students who have demonstrated a sincere devotion to their language education, as well as a deeper interest in, and commitment to the learning of any world language taught at the University of Virginia. Scholarship award may go up to $3000 and be commensurate with the number and quality of applications. Applicants who are determined to study abroad for a summer or longer are encouraged to apply. Please explore information from the ISO (international Studies Office) website at https://www.virginia.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.html.

IWL Research Abroad Award

The Institute of World Languages (IWL) has newly established the award to support undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional abilities in the acquisition of any world language and culture, as well as great scholarly promise for carrying out a research project abroad. Award amounts may go up to $3000 and be commensurate with the number and quality of applications. Applicants who are determined to study abroad for a summer or longer are encouraged to apply. Please explore information from the ISO (International Studies Office) website at https://www.virginia.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.html.

Israeli Apartheid Week

Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine Present: Israeli Apartheid Week, March 23rd - March 27th.

MESALC Newsletter - Spring 2015

The Spring edition of the MESALC newsletter is now available! To view this and previous issues, visit out newsletter archive by clicking here.

NEW COURSE - SAST 2559: Introduction to the Literature, Culture, and Arts of the Indian Subcontinent

Have you ever wondered what karma means? Have you seen the Taj Mahal? Do you know what a raga is?  Have you eaten a samosa? Would you like to learn about the exquisite miniatures painted with a brush made out of a single hair of a squirrel’s tail? If you want to know the answers to these questions, this is the course for you.

 

By the end of the semester you will acquire an overview of the culture and complexity of the Indian civilization as evident in the classical literature, folk tales, devotional poetry, art, architecture, music and some popular culture.

 

You will be able to speak and write about South Asia with enthusiasm. You would want to visit and experience the culture for yourself. If you want to major in South Asian Studies or Global Studies, this is an important course.

 

Course work will consist of short papers, quizzes and a final paper.

NEW COURSE - ARAB 3559: Arabic Calligraphy

This course is an introduction to the art of Arabic calligraphy as one of the fields of Arabic language cultural production. The readings, workshops, and discussions will be directed towards exploring not only Arabic calligraphy as an art, but as an extension to all related works of art and design in Islamic architecture.

Workshops and training will help students to improve their skills in methods of writing (Arabic scripts) and to give them more understanding about the formations of Arabic letters. Emphasis in class discussions and readings will be placed on the development of this art during specific periods of Islamic history, what issues were behind the needs for clear and legible formations of Arabic script, as well as the ruling system and its role as a factor in Arabic calligraphy development.

Additionally, the course will cover some introductory information about Islamic ornamentation as another related field to calligraphy. No prior knowledge of Arabic is necessary.

ARTR 3490/5490: Arab Cinemas

This course will concentrate on cinemas of Egypt, the Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) as well as Syrian and Palestinian films. It will examine major moments in the history of these cinemas and the political developments that have inevitably had a major influence on filmmaking in the region.

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