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Professor Milani Receives 2020 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Professor Farzaneh Milani is the recipient of the 2020 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, UVA's most prestigious award and one of the most coveted awards in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the US. Please follow the link below to read more:

Professor Hanadi Al-Samman's Co-Edited Encyclopedia Receives 2020 Dartmouth Medal

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's Middle Eastern & South Asian Film Series

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 Interviewed On al-Hurra News Channel

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 Receives The Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching

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.  


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News & Announcements

September 23, 2021
Podcast with Mehr Afshan Farooqi, author of “Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep”
May 21, 2021
Ghalib: a Wilderness at My Doorstep The News Book Network Review Podcast
May 21, 2021
Prof. Milani’s interview with Roqe Media, Conversations about the Iranian Diaspora
May 3, 2021
Congratulations to MESALC alumnus Nebil Husayn
April 8, 2021