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Arabic 203 Presents Research on Famous Arabs

December 13, 2017
The students in Professor May Kamalick's Arabic 203 class have reached a fairly high level of proficiency. As a culmination of their semester's work, they each gave a presentation about a famous Arab or Arab-American. Professor Kamalick has done many fun and creative activities with her class this semester including teaching the future tense by having the students read each other's future in coffee grinds.

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Weekly Arabic Table Starts this Wednesday

September 4, 2017
Bismillah! Meet each Wednesday at 12:30 in the nave of McClurg with others who are interested in the language and culture of the Arabic speaking world. Stick around for coffee and a game of backgammon after lunch. You don't have to be fluent in Arabic to attend.

2nd Annual Karaoke Night a Big Success!

October 28, 2016
International Karaoke Night featured group and solo acts with songs from 9 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish! We would like to thank the foreign language faculty, the Mellon Globalization Forum, the Center for Teaching, the E.L. Kellermann Language Resource Center, the Academic Technology Center, the Tiger Bay Pub, Sewanee Catering, and our judges: Linda Heck, Aaron Welch, and Jennifer Whitehead for making this event a success. Singers were judged based on voice quality, pronunciation, stage presence, and lyrical complexity. Read more to find out who won!

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Sewanee Arabic Student Works with Refugees

October 7, 2016
Bret Windhauser, C'18 is putting his Arabic language skills to good use: helping refugees as an intern for Care4Calais in France. He is currently spending the fall semester studying in Jordan.

Sewanee Students Attend Eid al-aDHa Observance

September 14, 2016
Dr. Sara Nimis and 7 students of Arabic spent the morning at the Islamic Center of Chattanooga to witness festivities for Eid al-aDHa, an Islamic festival commemorating Abraham's sacrifice. Students attended prayers, a sermon, and a feast at the center in Chattanooga. Back in Sewanee, Arabic students met with members of Sewanee Interfaith for a meal at McClurg where Chef Rick Wright prepared a dish of saffron rice, vegetables, and lamb.

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Dr. Nimis participates in Body Conference

April 26, 2016
As part of "'Why All the Fuss about the Body?': An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies", Dr. Sara Nimis participated in a panel on "Disciplining Bodies" with a lecture entitled, "Incorporation in a Sufi Milieu: Apprenticeship and Ritual in the Trade Associations of Early Modern Egypt."

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Sewanee Student Studying in Tunisia

March 24, 2016
Sewanee student Eva Miller is currently studying in Tunisia. She is living with a host family in the capital city, Tunis, and attending classes at a local university.

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Arabic Students have Picnic

October 30, 2015
Arabic students gathered on Friday at Lake Cheston for an "Arabic Coffee House" activity. They sampled Arabic coffee and sweets, including حلاوة a sweet tahini paste with pistacios, قمر الدين (apricot paste made into a juice) and of course بلح (dates). Some students sampled شيشة (water pipe) and drew designs with الحنة (henna).

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Arabic students participate in University Farm

September 16, 2015
The Arabic Program at Sewanee has established an innovative program meant to advance language learning and the university farm, called يالله نزرع لغتنا (let’s grow our language). The program will provide students of Arabic with an opportunity to practice common expressions in colloquial Egyptian Arabic outside the classroom. While being exposed to the mission and work of the university farm, students will be introduced to unfamiliar plants and foods that are staples in the Egyptian diet.

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Drs. Nimis and Pond Travel to Egypt to Create a New Course

July 15, 2015
With funding from the Mellon Globalization Forum, Sara Nimis (Arabic) and Greg Pond (Art) traveled to Cairo to lay the foundations for the course “Egypt Through a Conscious Lens” to be taught Easter semester 2016, which is projected to include an abroad component in Egypt during spring break. Professors Pond and Nimis visited galleries and museums, attended events and performances, toured some of the city’s ancient sites, and scoped out great places to stay and eat with students. Students traveling to Egypt with the Easter course will collect material and ideas in conversation with a variety of Egyptian academics, students, artists and activists. Upon return to Sewanee, students will creatively respond to the themes raised in class and through their experiences in Egypt by producing a series of audio and visual projects.

Arabic Students Sing and Dance

May 7, 2015
The students in Arabic 104 spent their last week of class dressed in traditional Arabic clothing, drinking coffee, rapping and singing in Arabic, and even learned some traditional Arabic dances..

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Shisha at Shenanigans

April 25, 2015
Conversation and camaraderie in Arabic speaking cultures often takes root around cups of tea or coffee, or the distinctive Ottoman-style شيشة (shisha) or نارجيلة (narjileh), also known as the water-pipe. Students and faculty gathered to speak Arabic and sample flavored tobacco at the Shenanigans Balcony in Sewanee.

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Students and Faculty of Language and Culture Gather for an International Tea

April 16, 2015
Faculty, students and community members gathered to enjoy the truly global culture of the afternoon tea on April 16, 2015. Teas served included black tea, sweet Kenyan chai, Moroccan mint and Egyptian hibiscus. Executive Chef Rick Wright and his staff provided an array of authentic snacks--sweet and savory--that typically accompany these teas in the various regions. The event was منور (“lit up”) with students and faculty in regional costumes and decorative items from the regions represented.

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Arabic Students Make Baklava

February 6, 2015
Students from the Elementary Arabic course gathered at McClurg with Executive Chef Rick Wright and Pastry Chef Josh Capozzi on February 6, 2015 to make بقلاوة (baklava) following Professor Nimis’ family recipe.

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"Metaphorical or Metaphysical: Miraculous Bodies in Egyptian Literature"

January 30, 2015
On January 30, the Mellon Globalization Forum held its inaugural Faculty Research lecture by Dr. Sara Nimis, titled "Metaphorical or Metaphysical? Miraculous Bodies in Egyptian literature." The event brought together faculty members and students from fields such as International and Global Studies, Anthropology, History, French, Spanish, Russian, and Biology.

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Sara Nimis publishes article

October 13, 2014
Sara Nimis's article, "Sainthood and the Law: The Influence of Mysticism in Eighteenth Century Pedagogy of the fuqahā"has been published in the "Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies" Volume 14 (2014).