Past News Articles

  • August 1, 2022

    The intricate panels, nearly 1,600 years old, include the first known depictions of two biblical heroines and an episode in ancient Jewish art. Left: The Israelite commander Barak depicted in the Huqoq synagogue mosaic. Right: Fox eating grapes depicted in Huqoq synagogue mosaic. (Photos by Jim Haberman) A [...]

  • June 17, 2022

    Scholars from the department of African, African American and diaspora studies and a University Libraries digitization specialist traveled to Senegal and Mali to preserve and digitize 6,000 pages of handwritten Islamic manuscripts. Samba Camara sits in his office with a camera in the foreground and his computer in the background. [...]

  • June 1, 2022

    This summer, Intermediate Arabic students at UNC put their language learning to the true test of connection with a special visit from Saeed, a 34-year-old Syrian refugee and language partner from NaTakallam. NaTakallam hires displaced persons & their host community members as online tutors, teachers, translators & cultural exchange partners. [...]

  • May 19, 2022

    Our annual newsletter highlights center activities from the 2021-2022 academic year. Read to learn more about programming, highlights from our affiliated faculty and students, and K-14 outreach events. Click on the image below to view the newsletter, or download a PDF copy. Thank you for your continued support of the [...]

  • April 26, 2022

    Mosul, Iraq, 2018; Donation by Noor Ghazi, 2022 For more than 800 years, the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah defined a neighborhood in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. It was a site of worship, a source of local pride, an important landmark – especially its tall minaret, [...]

  • March 23, 2022

      On Tuesday, February 15, the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, and the North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies hosted NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin, who presented on “Reporting from Jerusalem: Behind the Headlines”. This virtual discussion with Estrin highlighted [...]

  • January 18, 2022

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA) has appointed Sharmila Udyavar as associate director of global education. Udyavar previously served as interim director for international programs at Fayetteville State University (FSU).    As associate director, Udyavar will expand global learning opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill students through on-campus curriculum. Partnering with and supporting UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, Udyavar will be [...]

  • January 3, 2022

      The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is coordinated by the UNC Area Studies Centers. (Graphic by Rawan Abbasi) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate teams from the seventh annual Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium on Dec. 8. This year, world language students from 12 [...]

  • December 13, 2021

    Food, water, and sustainability are crucial issues around the world—and right here in North Carolina. This fall, the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) provided teacher education on these vital and interconnected issues in celebration of International Education Week (IEW). Held annually in [...]

  • December 10, 2021

    Attendees received a conference program, NCATC sticker, and tote bag from the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. Arabic greetings of marhaba (hello), sabah al kheir (good morning), and ahlan wa sahlan (welcome) were shared as attendees gathered for the inaugural conference of the emerging North Carolina Arabic Teacher Council (NCATC), November 13-14, 2021. “Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in North Carolina” was [...]

  • December 10, 2021

    Recently I interviewed our wonderful professor, Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, about her appointment as the new inaugural Director of Persian Studies here at UNC. This was the multilayered question I asked her: In your appointment letter, which I was given to read by Lori prior to this interview, [our dean] stated [...]

  • December 10, 2021

      The FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo by Dan Sears/UNC-Chapel Hill   The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named the Platinum winner of the 2021 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement from the [...]