September 3, 2019
Welcome to The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, at New York University. The Kevorkian Center was founded in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the Middle Eastern cultures, history, and politics. The Center’s faculty and staff are dedicated in promoting independent and critical research and fostering open and critical debate about the Middle East. The center has been awarded a Title VI National Resource Center Grant (NRC) and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant (FLAS) by the Department of Education, and has hosted for the last several years language training programs sponsored by the STARTALK Program funded by the National Security Agency.
This past May twenty students graduated from our MA program in Near Eastern Studies. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We are excited to welcome our incoming cohort of 16 MA students in Kevorkian this Fall. They are students from various disciplines and national and international locations and they will join a vibrant community as we all enrich our scholarly life by their contribution.
The Kevorkian Center has a deep commitment in understanding of the languages, cultures, and histories of the modern Middle East. We enjoy a close collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) and many valued affiliated colleagues and in other departments and schools across NYU. Our partnerships makes it possible for our students to explore multiple approaches in their studies and scholarly vocations. We also support a robust language training program in Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu, with invaluable support from the Department of Education in providing FLAS grants. The generous support of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences further ensures that we maintain our programs.
The Kevorkian Center organizes lectures, discussions and debates, and art related events and it provides a vibrant space for public exchange of ideas and critical information. We have planned variety of events for the upcoming academic year and look forward to having you join us at these occasions.
We invite you to explore our Center and look forward to answering any questions or hearing comments you may have. We are excited to continue and strengthen Kevorkian’s mandate to support and promote the study of the Middle East at NYU and beyond.
Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU