Oral History Interview: Dustin C. Cowell (1351)
Cowell, Dustin C.
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Newark NJ area
San Francisco Bay area
Abstract: In his August 2013 interview with Paul Beckett, Dustin Cowell gives an overview of his over five-decade career in Arabic-language studies and teaching. He chronicles his growing interest in language during high-school and college, eventually leading to an interest in Andalusian Arabic culture. He then details how extensive experience in Spain, North Africa, and Egypt led him to UW-Madison?s African Languages and Literature department, from where he devoted considerable time to Sahelian and Malaysian Arabic-language cultures. Along the way, Cowell discusses influential colleagues and administrators who were instrumental in his development and in the development of a vibrant Arabic program at UW. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the UW-Madison Oral History Program.