Sarab Al Ani
Moulay Youness Elbousty
Shiri T. Goren
Sarab Al Ani is a Lector in Arabic and the Arabic Program Coordinator. Her current research interests focus on the challenges that face students of Arabic in the U.S. and how they can best achieve their desired language skills with a minimum of difficulty. Previously, in Iraq, she taught linguistic-related courses in general linguistics, morphology, and phonology and, in Jordan, she taught English as a second language. She has also worked as a professional Arabic-English translator. She is currently enrolled in the Post Graduate program of Foreign Language Pedagogy at Columbia University in New York City with a focus on teaching Arabic in the US.
Muhammad Aziz is a Senior Lector in Arabic and a certified ACTFL-OPI-Rater. His pedagogical approach involves particularly the integration of new ideas and methodologies that may contribute productively to enhancing the linguistic, communicative, and cultural competencies of learners. He regularly participates in national conferences on the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. He is currently working on Sufi Aspects in the Literature of Najib Mahfouz (in Arabic).
Moulay Youness Elbousty is a Senior Lector in Arabic. His specialties range from Arabic literature to teaching pedagogy, and he works as a consultant and external examiner to numerous institutions, offering advice that pertains to Arabic program development and training workshops to language faculty. He has taught widely in the areas of Arabic language and literature, including courses on North Africa literature, Moroccan dialect, Arabic Seminar, Arabic poetry, beginning to Advanced Arabic classes, and Arabic discourses. He is currently working on a multimedia tool for advanced learners of Arabic, editing a collection of literature for Arabic studies, and co-editing a book on contemporary Moroccan literature. With an international team of researchers based at the University of Siegen, he works on Kafkabureau.net: a literary memory information system (LiMeS) for ICT-based literary and media studies; this team is also developing a multi-national digital humanities project. He is very involved in teaching and directing an Arabic overseas program and is a consultant to many intensive Arabic programs internationally, including Qalam wa Lawh Arabic center in Rabat, Morocco.
Hasmik Tovmasyan is a Lector in Arabic. She has an MA in linguistics, and has studied in Armenia, Syria, and Egypt. She is interested in the influence of Islam on the Armenian cult of saints. She has several articles in academic journals in English and Armenian.
Ayala Dvoretzky is a Senior Lector II in Hebrew and Coordinator of the Modern Hebrew Program. She developed and taught courses in Hebrew language in all levels, Israeli literature, film and culture. She created a web-based picture dictionary for Elementary Modern Hebrew, and an advanced level, on-line multi-media self-study reading module. Among her academic interests is the incorporation of media, especially film, popular music and poetry into the instruction of language, as pedagogical tools for in-class cultural exposure. She is interested in post–Holocaust reactions of the Israeli society as reflected in literature and film.
Dina Roginsky is a lector of Modern Hebrew language and culture. Her research interests focus on the intersection between culture, history, politics and performance. Her doctoral dissertation Performing Israeliness analyzes the 100 year social history of the Israeli Folk Dance Movement. Roginsky is the co-editor of the book Dance Discourse in Israel, which explores the field of Israeli dance research. She teaches on Israeli cultural politics and popular music and on the sociological aspects of Hebrew, in addition to teaching modern Hebrew language courses.
Shiri Goren is a Senior Lector in Hebrew. Her areas of specialization include modern Hebrew literature, Israeli culture, Yiddish literature, gender and queer theory, the novel, and film theory. She is the co-editor of Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (Wayne State University Press, 2012), which includes her essay on the last work of (Yiddish) prose by Hebrew author David Vogel. Her current book project, Creative Resistance: Literary Interventions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, explores how violence affects real and imagined spaces in Israel of recent years and focuses on novels by the writers Orly Castel-Bloom, Gabriella Avigur-Rotem, Ronit Matalon, Sayed Kashua and Eshkol Nevo, as well as films, documentaries and performance arts. She teaches Israeli Society in Film [Hebrew]; Israeli Identity and Culture: 1948 to the Present; Dynamics of Israeli Culture; Conversational Hebrew: Israeli Media; Israeli Narratives; and modern Hebrew language courses. Before coming to the U.S., she was a journalist and senior editor of news magazines on Israeli television and radio.
Farkhondeh Shayesteh is a Senior Lector in Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program. She holds a PhD in Persian Studies and Master's Degrees in Applied Linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies. Her interests include modern Persian literature, literary translation, and Iranian cinema. The significance of Persian language, literature, and cinema in the formation, reinforcement, and exploration of identity is of particular interest to her. She draws on her training in applied linguistics and second language acquisition to inform her approaches to language pedagogy, and she is also a certified ACTFL OPI rater.
Aaron Butts is a Lector in Semitics. Among the Semitic languages, he specializes primarily in Aramaic (including Syriac) and secondarily in Arabic, Classical Ethiopic, and Northwest Semitic more broadly (Hebrew, Ugaritic, Phoenician, etc.). His research focuses on the dialectology and reconstruction of the Semitic language family. In addition, he has interests in the history and literature of Christianity in the Near East, including Syriac, Ethiopic, and Arabic Christianity.
Etem Erol is a Lector in Turkish. His research interests are in modern Middle East history, Islam in Anatolia, and comparative economic history. He teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced Modern Turkish, as well as courses in Ottoman Turkish and Paleography.