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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.

Visit the Ancient World in Philadelphia Saturday, April 28

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 26.
See Margaret Dwyer (LT-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, 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 - 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays for students in ARAB 102; 2:30–3:30 p.m. Wednesdays for all other students of Arabic. Meet in LT (Library Tower) 507 (on the fifth floor).

Thomas Rice '19 shares a mid-semester report about his experience in Athens here.

Thomas received a Levin Grant to help support his studies at the American College in Greece.

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 Binghamton University responds to the marketplace while remaining grounded in the traditions of its constituent disciplines.

Presentation on Egypt!  Wednesday, May 9,
2:00 pm ~ IASH Room ~ LN 1106

Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant of Arabic, Abdelhamid Tamim, will give a presentation about his home country, Egypt!   See Flyer Here    >>> 

Lecture: April 12th. "Re-Estimating Time-Consciousness in Roman Daily Life."

Richard TalbertRichard Talbert (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in SL-212. Richard Talbert is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor with the History Department of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

This lecture is provided by the the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series.

New study abroad program in Rome this summer!

Professor Hilary Becker is leading a course that explores the monuments, topography and art of Rome and surrounding sites. Check out this page this summer for updates!

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: 4/30/18