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  • You may be interested in the following opportunity:
    The AMELL Dept. will need many Language Drill ATs in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and Japanese during Fall, 2017.

    Here are the dates for the AT Workshop that you cannot miss, if you would like to be considered to become a Drill AT:

    Monday, September 11th 6:00-7:00PM Orientation 105 Dartmouth Hall
    7:00-9:00 PM Practice session 212/213 Dartmouth Hall
    Tuesday, September 12th 7:00-9:00 PM Practice session 212/213 Dartmouth Hall
    Wednesday, September 13th 7:00-9:00 PM (the final Chinese practice session will end early, and proceed with Jury Selection) Practice session 212/213 Dartmouth Hall
    Thursday, September 14th JURY SELECTION for Arabic, Hebrew and Japanese: time to be determined JURY SELECTION (room to be announced)

    The department encourages students to participate in the AT Workshop in order to learn the drill method and try out to be an AT for the Fall Term.

    The participation of veteran ATs contributes significantly to the training of new candidates.
    Participation in the full workshop is required to audition for a position as an AT.

    No need to sign up ahead of time; simply show up!
  • New Arabic LSA+ in Rabat, Morocco
  • New Arabic LSA+

    The Dartmouth Language Study Abroad Plus Program, is held in Rabat, Morocco during the summer term. The LSA+ offers two credits in Modern Standard Arabic at the intermediate level (ARAB 22 and ARAB 23) and one credit for ARAB 11, “ Modern Morocco,” a seminar taught by the program director in residence. Students will live with Moroccan families and will participate in a wide variety of cultural events, regional trips, and extracurricular activities, such as volunteering for local NGOs.

    For application and further information, please contact the Off Campus Programs Office, 44 North College Street or Professor Jonathan Smolin.

  • DAMELL faculty win awards
  • The faculty of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (DAMELL) congratulates two of its faculty recently recognized for their scholarly contributions.

      Prof. Jonathan Smolin’s book, Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, and Politics in Popular Culture (Indiana University Press, October 2013), was awarded the 2014 L. Carl Brown Book Prize (North African) by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.  Prof. Smolin’s book analyzes crime tabloids, television movies, true-crime journalism and police advertising as a means of understanding the changing nature of authoritarianism in Morocco over the past two decades.  The award will be celebrated at the next annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association.

      Prof. Lara Harb’s doctoral dissertation, “Poetic Marvels: Wonder and Aesthetic Experience in Medieval Arabic Literary Theory,” was the first winner of the S.A. Bonebakker Prize, which recognizes the most important dissertation treating classical Arabic literature.  The announcement of the prize described Prof. Harb’s work as  a “thoughtfully conceived, well researched, and exquisitely written” study that has “implications going far beyond literature.”

    The department is currently planning a colloquium in celebration of these awards.

  • Students Aid in Recovery of 3.11 (2011) Tsunami Area, August 2013
  • LSA+ Japan 2013 Tohoku Volunteering Eight students from the Language Study Abroad Program in Chiba/Tokyo and faculty member Jim Dorsey spent five days volunteering in the northeastern (tōhoku) region of Japan, helping in the recovery efforts in regions devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the region on 11 March 2011 Bunking in the volunteer center attached to the Nishi Honganji Temple in Sendai City, the crew worked in both the Natori and Wakabayashi areas. Alongside a steady stream of volunteers from Musashino University and elsewhere, the Dartmouth team pulled weeds, sort washed up debris for recycling, and restored a vegetable plot. The work was backbreaking, but made worthwhile by frequent, sincere words of thanks-arigatoo gozaimashita-from the local residents. Read more in the article featured in the Dartmouth Now:
  • Student News Update
  • Click "Student News: Japan Track" to see what DAMELL students in the Japanese track have been doing recently in Japan.


  • Residency at MAHA Arabic Language Community (formerly on the ground floor of Topliff, now part of the Global Village)

  • Residency at the Chinese Language House (CLH)
  • Would you like to practice your Chinese? Why not consider the Chinese Language House (36 North Main St)? Residency at the House is intended for students of Chinese language only.

  • Nihongo Table
  • Every Tuesday, 1-2 pm, 218 Collis.
    For anyone who is interested in Japan or speaking in Japanese, Japanese teachers and students will meet you for a casual chat!

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