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April 2017

Brazilian Film Series

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Chamber Music at the Clark: Lysander Piano Trio

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chamber Music at the Clark concert seating is determined via lottery. The booking-by-lottery entry form for Lysander Piano Trio seats posts here on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Lottery registration closes Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more about the booking-by-lottery system for securing Chamber Music at the Clark seats. Lysander Piano Trio Itamar Zorman, violin Liza Stepanova, piano Michael Katz, cello The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, has been praised by the…

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Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Bud o Nemud-e Sokhan (Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance) brings together twenty select articles which Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak has written and published in the Persian language over three decades of academic service in the United States, and which have a bearing on a novel understanding of the history of Persian Literature. In an extensive Introductory essay, the author relates each of the works he analyzes and interprets to its specific social context and…

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Senenmut Redivivus: The Interesting Life & Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Official

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Senenmut was one of ancient Egypt’s most famous personalities: chief minister and possible lover of Queen Hatshepsut (c. 1473-1478), Egypt’s female pharaoh. More monuments are known for Senenmut than for any other official of the New Kingdom, implying his exceptional status during life. Recently, an unassuming stone fragment in the Manchester Museum, UK, proved the existence of yet another statue of Senenmut. This lecture will present this rediscovery, and attempt to explain the significance of the man, his monuments and…

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Shakespeare, Terry, Skinny and Me

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Steve Sohmer (Fleming Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford) considers why Her Majesty’s Government has yet to reveal the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Jessica – and the identity of the bard’s Jewish girlfriend.

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Approaching the Unknown: “They Saw It With Their Own Eyes”

April 13 - April 14

A Conference Organized by the UCLA Mellon Program in Post-Classical Latin The starting point for this conference is the statement “they saw it with their own eyes”: this phrase appears frequently on Fra Mauro’s fifteenth-century map of the world, a landmark in cartography because of Mauro’s decision to use the most recent eyewitness testimony rather than exclusively patristic and ancient sources. In his inscriptions on the map which describe in vivid detail his reasoning for certain depictions, Mauro often repeats…

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Apostasy and Orthodoxy in Ireland, England, and the Hispanic New World: Imperial Circulations of Religious Masculinities

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Stephanie Kirk, Washington University in St. Louis Stephanie Kirk examines the parallel lives of the Irish Jesuit, Michael Wadding (1591–1644), and the Anglo-Irish Dominican, Thomas Gage (1597–1656), who—in radically different ways—contributed to the circulation of religious knowledge among England, Ireland, Spain, and the Hispanic New World. A study of their lives, writings, and personae facilitate an understanding of the comparative role of empire (for example, England’s role in Ireland and Spain’s empire in the Americas) and…

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Fictional Knights, Literary Translators, and Araucanian Heroes; or the Emergence of the Spanish Historical Epic

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Annual Will & Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture Professor Efraín Kristal (Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA) traces the emergence of Early Modern Spanish epic poetry to allegorical poetry from Burgundy, to Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and to translations of these works from French and Italian into Spanish.  He gives pride of place to Jeronimo de Urrea’s La Carolea, an epic poem about military campaigns in the time of Charles V; and to Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana: the highpoint of…

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Branka Arsić – “Entomological Persons: Insects and Ahab”

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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“La clere Diane droictement mena le Roy”: Representing the French Royal Mistress

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CMRS Lecture We are so used to the idea of the royal mistress as a constituent element of the French king’s grandeur that we tend not to think about how strange it is that in Ancien Régime France nine women who were not part of the royal family exercised significant political influence, their position imagined as part of a “tradition” and its occupants perceived as a coherent group. Although kings throughout medieval and early modern Europe had extra-conjugal sexual partners,…

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Branka Arsić – “All One Stuff: Emerson’s Materialism”

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Comic Supernatural Movie Night – “La Fée” (“The Fairy”)

April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

“La Fée” is a film released in 2011 written and directed by Dominique Abel. Arriving at a small hotel, a mysterious woman named Fiona informs night shift worker Dom that she is a fairy and will grant him three wishes. After she grants his first two wishes–and he falls in love with her–she disappears, and Dom must find her. Is she a real fairy–or something else? Join CMRS for a screening of the Belgian film “La Fée” as the kick-off…

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The Comic Supernatural

April 21 - April 22

CMRS Conference The tropes are as well-known as they are myriad. Deals with the devil. Hell running short of guests, or being robbed of its prey. Heaven dispatching angels to save individuals from their own folly. Ghosts and goblins shaking mortals from their mundane complacency. Gods and goddesses from various pantheons trying on human guise. Witches, genies, and sundry monsters rattling their cages, to the consternation of those in their presence. In the course of each scenario, accidents happen, mistakes…

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Lucrezia Borgia’s Self Representation

April 26 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable How did noble women represent themselves through the objects they acquired, wore, and used to outfit their living quarters? In this roundtable, Professor Diane Ghirardo (Architecture, USC) addresses this question by examining Lucrezia Borgia’s jewelry, library, art and religious objects, and the decoration of her quarters in the Estense Castle and Palazzo di Corte in Ferrara. In addition she compares Lucrezia Borgia’s accoutrements with what is known of Isabella d’Este’s artifacts and residences. Advance registration not required. No…

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Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization

April 28 - April 29

The early modern period (c. 1450-1750) witnessed a massive dislocation of people and artifacts as a result of migration, religious conflicts, expanding trade routes, missionary activities, slavery, and colonization. The confrontation between materiality and mobility that ensued gave rise to new, often unexpected, forms of creativity. Focusing on art — on making and engaging with it, on performance and self-representation – this conference foregrounds the critical creative and imaginative processes involved in making worlds. Organized by Bronwen Wilson (Department of…

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May 2017

Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in English by Pedram Khosronejad The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach. Photographs of enslaved children, women and men in Iran during the Qajar period provide compelling and haunting documentation of individuals…

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Namwali Serpell – University of California, Berkeley – How to Read Faces

May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Forum aims to promote scholarly dialogue and debate concerning the status and future of literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on exploring and engaging new theoretical paradigms and critical perspectives in humanistic scholarship. The 2016-17 Kanner Forum will be organized around a broad theme, “How to Read…” As you know, reading has long held a privileged place in literary studies as a term of art for what literary scholars do. Along with associated terms like literacy and interpretation,…

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QScholars Annual Symposium

May 5 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

This year’s theme for the QScholars Annual Symposium is: “Paint Yourself Whole: Navigating Intersectionality in a Divided World” Friday, May 5th, 2017, Kerchoff Grand Salon This year’s theme will explore the various intersectionalities within the LGBTQ(+) identity spectrum and how we navigate and embrace these multiple aspects of our identity in a divided world. We are seeking papers from undergraduate students that explore what it means to possess a LGBTQ(+) identity in dialogue (or conflict) with one’s religion, sex, gender,…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: Ying Quartet

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ying Quartet in honor of Melvin Kaplan Robin Scott, violin Janet Ying, violin Philip Ying, viola David Ying, cello The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its second decade together, the group has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Its performances regularly take…

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Sasanian Iran

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

In May 2018, the Pourdavoud Center will organize, in conjunction with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine, the first of a series of international conferences exploring the Sasanian empire and the world of late antiquity. The term “Sasanian Workshops” emulates the successful “Achaemenid Workshops” that were responsible for the re-invigoration of Achaemenid studies.

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