The organization is known for promoting discussion, jobs in the field, scholarships and study opportunities. The ASI web site has proven extremely popular with thousands of hits each month. The most popular features include a job board, a listing of member publications, and a monthly e-newsletter that reports on upcoming calls for papers, abstracts, conferences, and news of interest to the Arabic fields of study. Student members enjoy regular updates on scholarships and grants for which they may be eligible. The organization has been working to increase the tangible benefits, however, and views the use of an Advisory Committee as a way to increase involvement.
"We welcome new members, as well as existing members, to consider this opportunity to advance the field of Arabic studies, as well as provide tangible benefits to members of ASI, while at the same time advancing their own notoriety in the field by serving on this committee" commented Anna Macrery, Administrative Director of ASI.
ASI is a membership based/membership driven organization developed to promote collaboration, networking and communication across the varied fields of Arabic Studies. Based in the United States, the organization is open to members worldwide. Individual Membership benefits include networking among Arabic Studies professionals and students; access to various discussion forums including those focused on culture, linguistics, literature, research, and pedagogy; job postings, a customizable member profile, opportunities to post information about your publications, add blog articles, receive a monthly E-Newsletter, and reduced registration rates for future conferences. Plans are underway for Arabic-related workshops and speaker sessions in various locations around the United States. Additional details can be found at the ASI web site, http://www.arabicstudiesonline.org. The organization is managed by Vietaly Enterprises, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama, http://www.vietaly.com.
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Vietaly Enterprises, http://www.vietaly.com, is a female minority owned business located in Birmingham, Alabama, specializing in web site design and development, graphic design, printing and publications, and planning conferences, trade shows and events.