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Ari Gordon, a graduate student in the department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Penn Arts and Sciences, has been named director of US Muslim-Jewish Relations for American Jewish Committee (AJC). “Ari Gordon combines a historian’s view of Judaism and Islam with a modern passion for the American Muslim and Jewish contexts,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. “His return to AJC offers a bright future of continued stalwart leadership for our programs that advance and expand Muslim-Jewish understanding and cooperation in the US.”

Congratulations, Ari!



NELC Professor, Dr. Richard Zettler, awarded $2 million State Department Grant

The preservation of important sites and artifacts critical to the heritage and history of Iraq - and indeed, the world - is a passion of Dr. Richard Zettler. The US Department of State agreed, awarding him and PENN alum Dr. Michael Danti, $2 million to survey the destruction and identify sites to be preserved and restored.

Read the full story here: Mosul Heritage Stabilization Project