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November 2018 Newsletter

There's always something happening at NMC, missed out?
Here is a snapshot of what went on this month and what's to come

NMC Cultural Exchange & Support Initiative Receives $100,000 Gift From UofT Alumnus


The workshops give you motivation to work on yourself and improve,” says Sarah Lazakani, now a second year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough and NMC-CESI’s new vice-president. “You see people in your situation getting into college or university and making something of their life, and you know that nothing is impossible—it just takes time.”

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Winter Is Coming!

Stay warm with an NMCSU departmental sweatshirt! Please email uoftnmcsu@gmail.com for more information on how you can get yours!

NMC277H1S (LEC0201) The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives added for Winter 2019

Instructor: Fadi Ragheb
Dates: January - April 2019
Time: Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Room: Victoria University, VC215

This course will examine the Muslim responses to the Crusades (1095-1291). The course will trace the Muslims’ political and military reactions to the Crusader expeditions, under different Muslim rulers such as Saladin, Nur al-Din, and Zengi. It will then explore major themes such as the Arabic historiography of the Crusades, the Muslim views of the Franks, and the systematic efforts of Muslim polities, such as the Seljuqs, Zengids, and Ayyubids, in forming cultural unity through madrasas, Sufi shrines, and advancing the Sunni revival. The role of Shi‘i minorities during this period will also be studied. The course will conclude by examining the legacy of the Crusades today in the modern Middle East's politics, writings, art, and film.

NMCGSA Mental Health Workshop

The NMCGSA invites all students and staff to our Mental Health Workshop, being held on Monday, December 3rd 2018, from 5-7pm in the NMC conference room (200B).

The first half of the workshop will include speakers from the Faculty of Arts and Science's Mental Health Initiatives. This will include an overview of the IAR training module (identifying symptoms of mental health challenges, how to have helpful discussions and encourage help-seeking behaviour, and a list of available resources), imposter phenomenon, and practical strategies to for stress/time management and work-life balance. There will also be a conflict coaching workshop, which will cover the basics of conflict prevention and management as well as effective communication.

The second half of the workshop will include a presentation from LinkMe, an online platform working in partnership with UTSU, that connects people with mental health services regardless of what they can afford. LinkMe connects therapists that best fit with what you're looking for, including factors like religion, ethnicity, and language. 

We strongly encourage all students to attend. This will be a safe and supportive space!

New Issue of the Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies Published

JCSSS is a refereed journal published by the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies housed at NMC and financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through its “Aid to Scholarly Journals” program. The new issue of JCSSS contains two articles written by members of NMC:

Demetrios Alibertis (University of Toronto), “East Meets East in the Chaldean furnace: A Comparative Analysis of Romanos’ Hymns and Jacob of Serugh’s Homily on the Three Children.”

Dagmar Neuhäuser Merano, Ralph Neuhäuser (Jena University, Germany), & Amir Harrak (University of Toronto), “Reports and Drawings of Celestial Observations in the 8th Century Syriac Chronicle of Zuqnīn.”

NMCSU Egyptology Seminar

Interested in learning more about Egyptology?

Topics include:
-Royal Military Display at Akhetaten
-Faience Amulet Production in the New Kingdom
-Lapis-Lazuli and Long-Distance Trade in the Late Predynastic

Q&A and refreshments to follow!

NMC Alumnus Publishes New Book

NMC PhD graduate Dr. Jonathan Vroom (Hebrew and Judaic Studies '17) had his book based on his dissertation published in the Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism series by Brill. The title of his monograph is The Authority of Law in the Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism: Tracing the Origins of Legal Obligation from Ezra to Qumran. Congratulations Dr. Vroom!

NMC277 Love & Sex in The Ancient Near East added for Winter 2019

Instructor: Anne Porter
Time: Wednesdays 1-3 pm
Dates: Jan-Apr 2019

Course Description:

Every generation thinks it invents sex, and there is a long-standing idea that love is a Victorian concept. But you know the old saying - “there is nothing new under the sun”. This course will investigate changing ideas of love and sex from the Paleolithic to the Jewish Diaspora, exploring evidence for, and attitudes to, issues such as pornography, seduction, homosexuality, gender-shifting and the third sex, romance, and prostitution. Have things changed much over 40,000 years? And if they have, how and when?

Robarts Library Holiday Market

Visit the Robarts Library Holiday Market and find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your list. Choose from an array of unique University of Toronto items, including the brand new, limited edition Library Collection. While you shop, enjoy free holiday treats. Great prizes to be won!

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