Dr. Abla Hasan

Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic Language & Culture Modern Languages & Literatures

Abla Hasan, Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic, PhD in Philosophy of Language from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013; MA in Philosophy as a Fulbright grantee from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. Dr. Hasan obtained her BA in Philosophy from Damascus University in 2000, followed by a Diploma of High Studies from Damascus University in 2001. Her current teaching and research interests include feminism, second language acquisition theories, philosophy of language, religious studies, translation, and contemporary Arabic literature.

Dr. Hasan's CV

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Work Experience

  • Temporary lecturer (special appointment), Classics and Religious Studies, spring 2017, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Partnership with First-Plymouth church at Lincoln- Nebraska as a teacher and worship guest leader for fall 2016.
  • Women’s & Gender Studies program faculty, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Fulbright International Teaching Assistant of Arabic, supervisor 2013 through 2014.
  • Undergraduate Advisor for Arabic Studies.
  • Arabic program developer.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Classics & Religious Studies, 2012-2013.
    (World Religions and second year language, ARAB 201)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Classics & Religious Studies, 2011-2012.
  • Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Classics & Religious Studies, 2010-2011.
  • Graduate Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Philosophy Department, Summer Session, 2010.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at Damascus University from 2005 to 2007.
  • A teacher for philosophy at Damascus high schools from 2002 to 2005.

Publications

  • "The Queen of Sheba: Would rethinking the Quranic story support female public leadership In Islam?", Analize – Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, peer-reviewed international journal, The Romanian Society for Feminist Analyses, accepted and forthcoming

  • "The Quranic story of Mary: Does rethinking the text support women prophethood?", Ar-Raniry: peer reviewed international journal of Islamic Studies, The State Islamic University (UIN), Vol.3, No.1, 2016. Indonesia. Available online.

  • "Scientific language credibility: a philosophical investigation", Dirasat Wa Abhath, an international peer reviewed research journal, N 20, Sep 2015, University of Djelfa, Algeria. Available online and here.

  • "The individual-group transformation: a triple academic approach to understand social human nature", Jil, an international peer reviewed journal, Jil research center, ISSN 2311-5181, No 11, September 2015. Journal available online

  • Defending backwards causation against the objection form the ignorance condition”, Disputatio, an international peer reviewed journal of philosophy, philosophy center of the university of Lisbon, Vol. VI, No. 39 November 2014. Available online.

  • Physicalism: a critical approach”, Jil, an international peer reviewed journal, Jil research center, ISSN 2311-5181, No 3, October, 2014, Algeria. Available online.

  • Psychological backwards causation”, Al-Manarah peer reviewed journal, Al-al Bayt University, Vol 20, No 2, February, 10th, 2014, Jordon. Available online.

  • "Indexical Dependence," Dirasat Wa Abhath, an international peer reviewed research journal, N 12, Sep 2013, ISSN: 9751-1112, e-ISSN: 2253-0363, University of Djelfa, Algeria, available online.

  • "Plato’s antifeminism: A new dualistic approach", ,E-logos, ISSN 1211-0442, (journal of philosophy licensed as peer-reviewed scientific journal by the Research and Development Council of the Government of the Czech Republic),University of Economics, Prague, 2012. Available online.

Invited talks and presentations

  • Keynote speaker on “The meanings of gratitude”, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, South Street Temple, November 20, 2016.
  • The Muslim Jesus, First- Plymouth, invited lecture, First-Plymouth, Nov 13, 2016.
  • Women in the Quran, First- Plymouth, invited lecture, Mayflower Hall, October 29, 2016.
  • Embrace diversity, Panel discussion, Bryan Health College, Lincoln, October 24.
  • What is the Quran? First- Plymouth, invited lecture, Mayflower Hall, September 28, 2016.
  • An invited participation (reading and reflection from the Quran) at First Plymouth every Sunday worship for fall 2016.
  • Women in the Middle East: Hopes and challenges, Women's Salad Supper, First-Plymouth, June 15, 2015.
  • The Muslim Mary, First-Plymouth, June 12, 2016.
  • How do we get to Haven? First-Plymouth East at Kloefkorn Elementary, June 12, 2016.
  • Women in Islam, Nebraska citizens for science, Saint. Paul Church, April 21, 2016.
  • Symposium: Understanding and Embracing Individuals from the Middle East, Unitarian Church, 6300 O Street, March 17, 2016.
  • Identifying Stereotypes, keynote speaker, Doan Collage, Multicultural Support Services Crete, March 14, 2016.
  • Women issues in the Arabic culture, Heartland Association, Nebraska Conference, United Church of Christ, spring meeting, March 13, 2016.
  • Puddin, panel discussion, Child hunger in the community, The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, March 12, 2016.
  • Quran, First Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Feb 9, 2016.
  • A Syrian Immigrant's Experience, The Faith Coalition of Lancaster County, The community heath endowment, Lincoln, Feb 3, 2016.
  • Syria: An ongoing journey into the unknown, featured discussion leader, UNL Ethics Center, Gaughan Multicultural Center, Jan 20, 2016.
  • The Syrian Crisis, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec9, 2015.
  • Syria and ISIS: The Human Cost, panel discussion, UNL, Nebraska Union Auditorium, Dec1, 2015.
  • Perspectives in Feminism, panel discussion, Wesleyan University, Nov 19, 2015.
  • Syria: ways to help, invited talk, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln, Nov 15th, 2015.
  • On Muslim Christian relations, invited talk, Vine Congregational United Church of Christ, Lincoln, Nov 11, 2015.
  • Refugee Migration Crisis, Panel discussion, Union college, Sep 24, 2015.
  • Jesus: A Symposium, Doane College (School of Graduate Professional Studies), July 16, 2015.
  • Islam and Christianity, First-Plymouth East, June28, 2015.
  • Religions' Attitude towards the Material World, panel discussion, Union College, Ortner Center, April 6, 2015.
  • Women of the Middle East, panel discussion, UNL Women's Center, March 17th, 2015.
  • Women in Religion, panel discussion, Union College, Ortner Center, Feb 9, 2015.
  • Women in Religion, panel discussion, UNL Women's Center, March 17th, 2014.
  • An invited talk: "How can I find God?" symposium, Doane College (Lincoln campus), December 5th, 2012.
  • An invited talk: "God, The Qur'an and The Prophet" symposium, Doane College (Lincoln campus), September 26th.

Committees

  • UNL Modern languages search committee, Spring 2017.
  • DMLL Curriculum committee, 2015-2017.
  • UNL Modern Languages search committee, 2015-2016.
  • UNL Classics & Religious Studies search committee, 2015-2016
  • E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues program committee, 2015-2018.
  • Dirasat wa abhath, Scientific Committee, an international peer reviewed research journal, University of Djelfa, Algeria.
  • >DMLL Curriculum Committee, 2013-2015.

Service and University Involvement

  • Coordinated an Arabian movie night, “The message”, first international film festival, East campus, animal science A132, October 25.
  • Proposed “The Arabian Caravan” a study abroad program to Morocco, summer 2017. Approved.
  • Proposed and supervised UNL “SAWA” program: a peer conversation program for advanced students of Arabic, fall 2016.
  • Coordinator of “The big Arabic day at UNL”, March 3, 2016.
  • Coordinator of “The big Arabic day at UNL”, March 16, 2015.
  • Started and supervised the Arabic conversation table at UNL, beginning Fall 2013. Read an article about the 2014 Arabic table here.
  • Established and supervised the Arabic writing center at UNL, beginning Fall 2103.
  • Organized an Arabic cultural event, held fall 2013 December 2.
  • Coordinator of “The Big Arabic Day at UNL,” March 31, 2014.
  • Developed the syllabi for third year Arabic to be taught for the first time at UNL.
  • Introduced Minor in Arabic Studies to UNL, Fall 2014.

Arabic Program Development and Teaching Innovation

  • Proposed ARAB 306 (ACE 9): “Women in Quran” to be taught for the first time at UNL. Approved

  • Proposed ARAB 288 (ACE 9): “Exploring love, sexuality and femininity in the history of Arabic culture” to be taught for the first time at UNL. Approved

  • Developed a third year of Arabic instruction at UNL; courses included ARAB 303 (Advanced Composition, Grammar & Conversation I) and ARAB 304 (Advanced Composition, Grammar & Conversation II). The courses were approved and instruction began Fall 2014.

  • Developed a minor in Arabic Studies; proposal submitted Spring 2014 and launched Fall 2014.

  • Proposed MODL 298 “Exploring Love, Sexuality and Femininity in the History of Arabic Culture” to be taught for the first time at UNL.

Courses taught at UNL

  • REGL 181 | Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • ARAB 101 | Beginning Arabic 1
  • ARAB 102 | Beginning Arabic 2
  • ARAB 201 | Second Arabic 1
  • ARAB 201 | Second Arabic 1
  • ARAB 303 | Advanced third year Arabic 1
  • ARAB 304 | Advanced third year Arabic 2
  • MODL 398 | Independent Study: "Arab Women Writers
  • MODL 298 | Special topics: Exploring love, sexuality and femininity in the History of Arabic culture
  • MODL 398 | Women in Quran
  • ARAB 288 | Exploring love, sexuality and femininity in the History of the Arabic culture.
  • ARAB 306 | Women in Quran
  • RELG/ENG 342 | The Quran

Media Coverage

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “The Seven Lively Virtues: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living - Faith, Hope & Love" on Reach Out and Live by Dr. Jim Keck of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 11-20-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “The Seven Lively Virtues: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living - Temperance & Fortitude" on Reach Out and Live by Dr. Jim Keck of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 11-13-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “The Seven Lively Virtues: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living" on Reach Out and Live by Dr. Jim Keck of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 11-06-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “ἐξουδενόω" on Reach Out and Live by Dr. Jim Keck of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 10-23-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “In Our Hearts" on Reach Out and Live by Dr. Jim Keck of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 10-16-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “The Magnificent 7" on Reach Out and Live by First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 10-02-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “Lean Into Hope" on Reach Out and Live by First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 09-25-16. Also available online

  • A reading and a reflection from the Quran in “Holy Hometown Heroes!" on Reach Out and Live by First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE. Recorded 9-18-2016. Also available online

  • Quoted in Nebraska mosaic, “Arabic conversation tables provide perspective and debunk stereotypes”, by Layla Younis, May 12, 2016.

  • Interviewed in the Daily Nebraskan, by Lindsay Esparrago, April 11, 2016.

  • Quoted in DOANLINE, “Hasan tries to break down Muslim stereotypes in Doane is Love speech”, by Cassandra Kennedy, Mar 16, 2016.

  • Interviewed in NewsNetNebraska, by Benjamin Schoenkin, Dec 11, 2015

  • Quoted in 1011TV, “Understanding Islam: facts versus fiction”, by: Lauren Scott, Dec 9, 2015

  • Quoted in 1011TV, Lincoln Woman: Hatred Toward All Muslims is Misguided, by Taylor Barth, Dec 09, 2015

  • Quoted in ABC-8 news, KLKN-TV, “Lincolnites react to Donald Trump’s anti Muslim comments”, Dec 9, 2015

  • Referred to in the Daily Nebraskan, Letter to the editor: Syrian refugees should be accepted, not feared, by Kayla “Ibtihaj” Simon, Dec 3, 2015.

  • Cited in Journal Star letter 11/29, “Open hearts, homes to refugees”, by Father Jerry Thompson, St. Mark's on the Campus Episcopal Church, Lincoln, Nov 28, 2015.

  • An interview in Journal Star, “Syrian family finds safe situation in Lincoln and hopes to stay”, by Zach Pluhacek, Nov 21, 2015.

  • An interview in 1011TV, “Syrian professor reacts to refugee opposition”, by Taylor Brath, Nov 16, 2015

  • Quoted in ABC-8 news, KLKN-TV, “Gov. Pete Ricketts stands by Syrian refugee resettlement statement”, By Marlenia Thornton, Nov 17,2015.

  • Quoted in ABC-8 news, KLKN-TV, “Could Syrian refugees make their way to Nebraska?”, by Reid Kilmer, Nov 16,2015

  • Quoted in Journal Star, “Ricketts joins governors calling to halt Syrian refugees”, by Zach Pluhacek, Nov 16, 2015.

  • Cited in OUTLOOK, “Panel Explores Role of Women in World Religions”, by Brenda Dickerson, Feb 11, 2015.

  • Quoted in The Daily Nebraskan, “Arabic conversation tables connect language, culture”, by Lauren Brown-Hulme, Oct 8, 2014.

  • Quoted in The Daily Nebraskan, “Female religious leaders at UNL discuss role of women in different faiths”, by Colleen Fell, Mar 18, 2014.

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Awards

  • UNL Certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL parents association, 2016.
  • UNL peer review project fellowship, faculty development program, 2015-2016. Online project portfolio
  • UNL parents’ association grant to support events at UNL, spring 2015.
  • UNL Convocations Committee award for funding a guest speaker, fall 2014-2015.
  • UNL peer review project fellowship, faculty development program, 2014-2015. Project portfolio available online.
  • Pennsylvania STARTALK Fellowship for teachers of Arabic: A Professional Development Program for Teachers (Arabic), STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State, The training was covered by a fellowship that also covered ARAB 497G, Section 601: TEACHING ARABIC, Pennsylvania, May 21 to July 21, 2014.
  • UNL Parents' Association awarded a grant to support events at UNL, Spring 2014.
  • UNL Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL Parents' Association, 2013.
  • UNL Convocations Committee award for funding a guest speaker, fall 2013.
  • Nominated for the outstanding graduate teaching assistant award by the Department of Classics and Religious studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the year 2012-13
  • Damascus University scholarship for graduate study abroad, 2009
  • The Fulbright Master degree scholarship, 2007
  • Al Basel award for Academic Excellency for the year 1998, (Damascus University)
  • Al Basel award for Academic Excellency for the year 1997, (Damascus University)