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SLA Program hosts tree planting ceremony to honor Dr. Mike Long

Current and former students and faculty meet together in memory of Dr. Long

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The Shared Language of Poetry: Mexico and the United States

This symposium brings together Mexican and US or transnational poets to reflect on the power and philosophical depth of poetic language.

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The State of Spanish in the DMV

SLLC researchers to record and document the unique linguistic features of the region’s Spanish speakers.

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German Film Series 2021-2022

Systemsprenger: Rebels and Revolutionaries in German Cinema

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Representation and reception of French and Francophone women writers in the media (c.19th-21st)

A bilingual, international colloquium, held via Zoom on November 11 and 12, 2021

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The School is a transdiciplinary teaching and research unit. Our students, faculty, and staff investigate and engage with the linguistic, cultural, cinematic, and literary worlds of speakers of ArabicChinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, JapaneseKorean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as questions surrounding Second Language Acquisition and Cinema and Media Studies.

We invite you to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate degrees, our fields of study, and special programs like the Language House Living and Learning Program, the Persian Flagship and Arabic Flagship Programs, Project GO, and the Summer Language Institutes.

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The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees in 12 languages and 16 different fields.


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Faculty, students and staff investigate and engage with numerous languages and fields, often through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and study.

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SLLC offers several special language-learning programs, including the Arabic and Persian Language Flagships, the Summer Institute and the Language House Living and Learning Program.



The school is home to two centers, Roshan Center for Persian Studies, a landmark institution for the promotion of Persian language and culture, and the Center for East Asian Studies, which promotes the study and appreciation of East Asian cultures by offering a wide range of scholarly, artistic and community programs.


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Representations and Reception of French and Francophone Women Writers in the Media, (19th-21st centuries)

International two-day colloquium


Author/Lead: Maria Beliaeva Solomon, Mercédès Baillargeon
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Elsa Courant, CNRS
Dates: -

Featuring a keynote address by Marie-Ève Thérenty and closing dialogue with Martine Delvaux, this two-day colloquium brings together scholars from around the world to expose, discuss, and debate the issues that inform the representation and reception of French and Francophone women writers in the media, from the nineteenth century to the present day, in light of their diverse social and political realities. Insofar as it implies the analysis of strategies of visibility, and even self-promotion, the study of representations of women writers in the media extends a significant current of contemporary literary analyses – that of posture and auctorial scenography – while also including perspectives on issues of gender and identity building, understood broadly, within the study of the reception and representations of women authors.

Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean

From family staples to national dishes, Making Levantine Cuisine addresses the transnational histories and cultural nuances of the ingredients, recipes, and foodways that place the Levant onto an ever-shifting global culinary map.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Anny Gaul
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Graham Auman Pitts, Vicki Valosik

Melding the rural and the urban with the local, regional, and global, Levantine cuisine is a mélange of ingredients, recipes, and modes of consumption rooted in the Eastern Mediterranean. Making Levantine Cuisine provides much-needed scholarly attention to the region’s culinary cultures while teasing apart the tangled histories and knotted migrations of food. Akin to the region itself, the culinary repertoires that comprise Levantine cuisine endure and transform—are unified but not uniform. This book delves into the production and circulation of sugar, olive oil, and pistachios; examines the social origins of kibbe, Adana kebab, shakshuka, falafel, and shawarma; and offers a sprinkling of family recipes along the way. The histories of these ingredients and dishes, now so emblematic of the Levant, reveal the processes that codified them as national foods, the faulty binaries of Arab or Jewish and traditional or modern, and the global nature of foodways. Making Levantine Cuisine draws from personal archives and public memory to illustrate the diverse past and persistent cultural unity of a politically divided region.

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Transnational Dimensions of Moroccan Gender History Sources, Access, Politics

This roundtable essay discusses the promises and challenges of adopting a transnational analytical approach to gender history in modern Morocco.

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Author/Lead: Anny Gaul

This essay is a contribution to a roundtable that brings together the work of gender historians whose research collectively ranges from Morocco to Afghanistan, and traces a variety of connections across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Collectively, we demonstrate the many ways that women in the Middle East and North Africa collaborated with one another and with women in other world regions in the name of national independence, women’s rights, and economic justice, often shaping gender norms in the process. This contribution demonstrates that multiple generations of Moroccan women activists engaged with ideas and movements circulating through the Middle East and beyond as they advocated for liberation. It examines how the nation-state sets up particular barriers to narrating these vital transnational dimensions of women's history in Morocco.

Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 17:3, November 2021