We wanted to share the exciting news that Professor Hanadi Al-Samman’s co-edited Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History took home the prestigious Dartmouth Medal at yesterday's awards ceremony at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Informally considered the Best Picture Oscar of the reference industry, the Dartmouth is a highly coveted honor and one that Gale (the Encyclopedia’s publisher) last received in 2001.
Samhita Sunya has curated a sidebar of 6 films for this year’s edition of the Virginia Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures and Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures. As a continuation from last year’s sidebar, Samhita sought accessible, contemporary films that emphasize the linguistic, geographic, and thematic diversity of filmmaking practices connected to the regions of the Middle East & South Asia.
Professor Hanadi Al-Samman was interviewed on al-Hurra news channel by Hisham Melhem to discuss Thomas Jefferson's educational vision, challenges to his equality legacy, and his interests in Arabic and the Quran. The program was aired throughout the Arab world, reaching up to 420 million people. You can view the interview, which also includes other UVa faculty members, here. Professor Al-Samman's interview starts at 35 minutes.
Professor Mohammed Sawaie is one of five UVA faculty members who received the Jefferson Scholars Foundation annual faculty awards, and one of three faculty members to receive its Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is featured in the UVA Today article here for his accolade.
Arabic Teacher Suad Mohamed's outstanding report on and review of MESALC's recent mesmerizing screening of "10 Days Before the Wedding" has been published in the popular Yemeni bilingual daily newspaper Aden Alghad News. Read her review here.