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Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies (CNES) offers students the chance both to major and to minor in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Arabic speaking and ancient Mediterranean (Greek, Roman, etc.) worlds. These traditions and civilizations are living realities; they have shaped, and continue to shape, our world today. Read More.

Screening of  Tim Slade's film "The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture and the Battle to Save It"

Thursday, February 22- Binghamton University Art Museum at 6pm: The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker moderated by Jeffrey Becker (CNES), with Lubna Omar (Anthropology), Şule Can (Anthropology), and Nathanael Andrade (History).

Visit the Ancient World in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 28th

Join us for a bus trip to visit the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In small groups, there will be guided tours of the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Galleries. In addition, the Mesopotamian Galleries will have just re-opened following re-installation. The special exhibit, "Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq" will be open. There will also be free time for the Reading Terminal Market and/or the Liberty Bell and Independence Mall.
Cost: $45 (includes Penn museum admission)
Registration Deadline: March 26th.
Please see Margaret Dwyer (Library Tower 510) to pay and reserve your space.

Arabic Table

The Arabic Table is an engaging way to practice your language skills and meet other students of Arabic at Binghamton University in an informal setting. Led by our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Mr. Hamid Tamim, the Arabic Table provides an opportunity to activate vocabulary learned in the classroom and speak about daily life and current events. Sweets and refreshments are occasionally served.
When?  Spring 2018 - Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: for students in ARAB 102; Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm: for all other students of Arabic. Meet in LT (Library Tower) 507 (on the fifth floor).

In Memoriam: Professor Khalil Semaan

The Department celebrates the life of Professor Semaan. Read more about his life and work here.

CNES and the Power of SUNY:

Read how Classical and Near Eastern Studies at BU responds to the marketplace while remaining grounded in the traditions of its constituent disciplines.

Study abroad in Rome this summer!

Professor Hilary Becker is leading a six-credit course that explores the monuments, topography, and art of Rome and surrounding sites. The forum and other sites will be our classroom and there will be field trips to Pompeii, Orvieto, Tivoli and more.  Follow this link to learn more. Sign up by March 1st!

Lecture: "Unraveling the Fabric of the Past: Mediterranean Textile Cultures in the First Millennium BCE"

Delivered by Margarita Gleba of Cambridge University. Tuesday, February 27th. 6 p.m. Admissions Center (AM) 189. Find more about this and other upcoming lectures this spring here.

Binghamton Major Minute: Arabic Major

Hear from Abdukhalil E. Khalil (2018), a double major in Arabic Studies and Mechanical Engineering, who explains his reason for majoring in Arabic Studies. 

A Semester in the Arab World

Ben Goldberg '18 visits Egypt

Ben Goldberg (2018) reflects on his semester study abroad and describes his experiences traveling throughout the Arab world here.

Study beyond the classroom

Learn how three of our majors spent their summers building upon their interest in the Classical or Arab worlds.

Last Updated: 2/19/18