The UCLA near eastern languages and cultures department will host a seminar dedicated to the fundamental components, forms and vocabulary of ancient Egyptian and Semitic languages. The event, titled “The Relationship of Egyptian and Semitic,” will look at the major similarities and differences between the languages and also discuss how they have influenced one another as a consequence of sustained linguistic and cultural contact.

The seminar, held in Kaplan Hall, will be led by Aaron Rubin, who is a professor of classics, Mediterranean and Jewish studies and linguistics at Penn State University. His research focuses on the Semitic family of languages, in particular Hebrew, Mehri and Jibbali.

The event, which will be held from 2–4 p.m. in room 348, is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are required.