E-Newsletter - August 2016

From swinging ropes to matching funds: Michael Gervers’ passion for Ethiopian studies

Long before Grammy-award winning artist The Weeknd donated $50,000 to help launch Ethiopian studies at the University of Toronto, Michael Gervers was busy exploring, preserving and promoting a largely unknown ancient culture. Review the article below to find out more about the history of Ethiopian studies at U of T.

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Coptic Students U of T Associations Fundraising Event

For the second year in a row, the University of Toronto Coptic Students Associations of St. George Campuses and Scarborough campuses organized an inter-church GTA and Southern Ontario volley-ball tournament at Virgin Mary & St. Mark’s Cathedral gym (Markham).

The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness about Coptic Studies courses offered at NMC and to raise funds for the U of T Coptic Studies Endowment campaign. Over eighty players participated in highly competitive and friendly tournament. The total funds collected amounted to $2,295.

Special thanks to all the participated including Dawn Marie Schlegel, Director of Development Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Father Pishoi Attalla, St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church.

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A Dynamic Discussion with Visiting Researcher Haitham Sarhan

Haitham Sarhan a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto and Associate Professor of Classical Arabic literature from Qatar Universtey, recently presented his research contributions including a number of journal articles, conference papers, and studies published in edited volumes, as well as three books in Arabic. The presentation contributed to a lively discussion amongst all that participated.

NMC welcomes new hire in Modern Standard Arabic

Fadi Ragheb has accepted a CLTA position in Modern Standard Arabic and will be joining the NMC Department in that capacity starting in the fall semester. Please feel free to congratulate Fadi on all his success.