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About Us

The Harvard Near East Society (HNES) is dedicated to the study and promotion of the ancient and modern Near East in the Harvard community and especially among graduate students. The HNES seeks to create a university-wide intellectual environment that will facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and foster a sense of community among the disparate but related fields whose purview is the Near East. The HNES is geographically oriented, spanning the region from Egypt to Iran and related areas, and encompasses, but is not limited to, the study of religion, literature, philology, history, and archaeology. The HNES provides a forum for dynamic exchange among the many academic departments in Harvard whose work pertains to the Near East.


Our Activities

  • We organize events where students can share their intellectual interests and build relationships with colleagues in a wide range of academic fields
  • We sponsor speakers and workshops
  • We create an annual graduate student academic conference

Our Members

  • All students currently enrolled in PhD or AM degrees programs in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
  • Any Harvard graduate student interested in the ancient or modern Near East.
  • HNES has over 200 members as of 09/2010

    Executive Committee

    • President: Amanda Lanham
    • Vice-President: Joshua Walton
    • Treasurer: Emily Hammer
    • Secretary: Christian Millian


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