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The Legacy of E.E. Salisbury at Yale

September 27, 2016

CMES | The Yale Council on Middle East Studies

The Legacy of E. E. Salisbury

Throughout the academic year 2016-17, the Yale community will observe the 175th anniversary of the appointment of the first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit in the Americas with a series of exhibits, symposia, lectures, and musical events. Our Middle East Librarian, Roberta Dougherty, has an exhibit in the Memorabilia Room at Sterling Memorial Library that will be on display through February 6, 2017. We kicked off the year with a curator’s talk at the library last Wednesday. Events upcoming include:

Thursday, September 29, 4 pm:

Arabic and Sanskrit Studies Today: State of the Field

A conversation with

James Montgomery, Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic, University of Cambridge and

Christopher Minkowski, Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford

 Moderated by Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of History of Art, Yale University

 Lecture Hall, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.

With reception to follow in the Memorabilia Room

 Co-sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies and the South Asian Studies Council at the MacMillan Center at Yale.

Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm to 9 pm:

Light Artist Performance

Karim Jabbari, Tunisian calligraffiti and light artist


On the plaza in front of the Women's Table

at Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.

Rain Location: Dwight Hall Chapel

Wednesday, October 5, 9 am to 5 pm: 

Painting of Mural

 Karim Jabbari, Tunisian calligraffiti and light artist


 On the plaza in front of the Women's Table

at Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.

 Rain Location: Dwight Hall Commons, 9 am to 4:30 pm

Karim Jabbari, a Tunisian calligraffiti and light artist, is considered one of the most respected light calligraffiti artists in the world. Karim began his artistic journey at the tender age of twelve. A difficult childhood was made easier through the power of calligraphy, allowing him to express what he could not in words. Later in life and far from home, calligraphy became a reminder of where he came from and what he left behind. His love for the Arabic language intensified as he began to delve deeper into its beautiful letters, words, and syllables.  

Inspired by old Arabic scriptures, Karim has developed his own abstract form of calligraphy using different patterns, shapes, and colors. Always searching for an original concept to breathe more vibrancy and life into his creations, Karim’s work is continuously evolving. Classic Kufi and Maghrebi calligraphy are featured in many of his compositions. This preference arises from the strong pull towards his North African background and the importance of keeping dying traditions alive. 

Sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale

Library Exhibit, September 6, 2016 to February 6, 2017: 

An American Orientalist: the Life and Legacy of Edward E. Salisbury (1814-1901)

Curated by Roberta Dougherty, Middle East Librarian, SML

 Sterling Memorial Library (SML), Memorabilia Room, 120 High St.

See calendar entry for additional detail.

Exhibits in the Memorabilia Room are closed on weekends. Operating hours for Sterling Memorial Library can be found at: http://web.library.yale.edu/building/sterling-library. Additional information about this exhibit can also be obtained through Roberta.Dougherty@yale.edu, Middle East Librarian for Yale University.

E. E. Salisbury In the News:


 http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1075&context=yul_nota_bene (page 10)