Olin Library in the Fall


The Department of Near Eastern Studies serves as the central hub of teaching and research on the ancient Near East and Modern Middle East for Cornell University. We offer courses on a wide array of subjects important for understanding the breadth of Near/Middle Eastern civilizations, including archaeology, culture, history, language, literature, and religion.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Near/Middle East by exploring the languages, literature, cultures, religions and history from antiquity to the modern day. 


Undergraduate Lunch Series

Lunches are hosted by faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and discussions focus on current events or research pertaining to the Near/Middle East.

Bring a friend; come and go as your class schedule allows!

Spring 2020 Schedule

  • March 12 lunch discussion with Prof. Ross Brann
  • April 16 lunch discussion with Banu Ozer Griffin

Open to all Cornell undergraduate students.

Big Red Barn in the Fall

Graduate Colloquium Series

Colloquia occur at least once a month during the academic year and lunch is provided. Discussions focus on readings provided by the guest speaker. This series is open to the Department of Near Eastern Studies graduate students and faculty.