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November 2017

Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Behrooz Parhami (UCSB). November 20, 2017.  The Persian script has presented some difficulties, ever since printing presses were introduced in Iran in the 1600s. The appearance of typewriters created additional problems and the introduction of digital computers added to the design challenges. These difficulties persisted, until high-resolution dot-matrix printing offered greater flexibility to font designers and the expansion of the computer market in the Middle East attracted investments on improving the Persian script for computers. Nevertheless,…

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Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Behrooz Parhami (UCSB). November 19, 2017. The Persian script has presented some difficulties, ever since printing presses were introduced in Iran in the 1600s. The appearance of typewriters created additional problems and the introduction of digital computers added to the design challenges. These difficulties persisted, until high-resolution dot-matrix printing offered greater flexibility to font designers and the expansion of the computer market in the Middle East attracted investments on improving the Persian script for computers. Nevertheless,…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: Zorá String Quartet

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chamber Music at the Clark concert seating is determined via lottery. The booking-by-lottery entry form for Zorá String Quartet concert seats posts here on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Lottery registration closes Thursday, October 12, 2017. Learn more about the booking-by-lottery system for securing Chamber Music at the Clark seats. Zorá String Quartet Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola Zizai Ning, cello The Zorá String Quartet, recently named “the future of chamber music” in a concert review in Oregon ArtsWatch, met while studying at Indiana University. After they had…

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Un Recorrido a Traves de Algunos Relatos Cinematograficos Sobre la Experiencia de la Dictadura Argentina en Edad Infantil

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Conference: Sound and the Sacred

November 17 @ 9:30 am - November 18 @ 8:00 pm

Sound—whether thunder or psalmody—plays a role in the formation and perception of the sacred. Religions acknowledge the importance of sound, manifested in the voice of God, the call to prayer, collective chant, and other profound ways. Sound unifies communities in sacred worship and arms sacred hierarchies. It is captured in images and contained in built environments. Sound—human, angelic, primordial, heavenly— is critical to spiritual transformation. The connection of sound and the sacred is born in the first cry of a…

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Sound and the Sacred

November 17 - November 18

Sound—whether thunder or psalmody—plays a role in the formation and perception of the sacred. Religions acknowledge the importance of sound, manifested in the voice of God, the call to prayer, collective chant, and other profound ways. Sound unifies communities in sacred worship and affirms sacred hierarchies. It is captured in images and contained in built environments. Sound—human, angelic, primordial, heavenly— is critical to spiritual transformation. The connection of sound and the sacred is born in the first cry of a…

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Textos, Imagenes y Simbolos: A Book Presentation in Honor of Professor Claudia Parodi

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Memorial for Professor Claude L. Hulet

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Professor Claude L. Hulet December 22, 1920 – August 22, 2017 Claude L. Hulet, 96, of La Cañada, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 22. Born in rural Michigan in 1920, his early years as a farm child gave him the strong curiosity and deep character to voyage on a large life of scholarship and exploration. After early studies in Spanish at the University of Michigan, Claude joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a top-security cryptographer…

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The Book and Slave Trades in Concert: The Colonial Library and the Atlantic Economy

November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Thirteenth Annual Kenneth Karmiole Lecture on the History of the Book Trade —Sean D. Moore, University of New Hampshire Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce:  the book trade and the slave trade.  This 2017 Karmiole Lecture will bridge the study of these trades by demonstrating how Americans’ profits from slavery were reinvested in imported British books and providing evidence that the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the demand of slave…

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How Ancient Israel Began: A New Archaeological Perspective

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Over the last hundred years or so, a number of theories have been proposed to explain the origins of ancient Israel. All these have been informed to some degree by the biblical text and all have considered the role of New Kingdom Egypt and the collapse of empires throughout the Near East circa 1200-1100 BCE. The lecture will present a radical new proposal: that Egypt itself instigated “Israelite” settlement. Lecture by David Illan Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish…

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Women in the Hands of Men: Rabbinic Interpretations of the Four Matriarchs

November 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

It’s not surprising that many of the familiar Hebrew Bible tales concerning the four Matriarchs portray them very favorably.  However, the Book of Genesis also relates some episodes about these women that seem to imply mixed or even negative judgments about particular aspects of their moral characters.  We’ll examine how the contributions of classical rabbinic commentary create balance and nuance for our understanding of the Matriarchs’ characters—in particular, through some imaginative and often surprising stories in the midrashic literature that…

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“Masks of Blackness: Reading Iconographic Representations of Black People in Classical Greece”

November 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This lecture by Sarah Derbew (Yale University) is part of the Classics | Receptions | Borders series. This series showcases some of the work being done by early-career scholars that explores how the ancient world negotiated cultural boundaries and conversely how classical antiquity has been received in colonial and post-colonial arenas.

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A Medieval Mansio Refuge on the Carolingian Alpine Road in Bramans, France

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable The old Carolingian and medieval route through the Savoie French Alps connected Grenoble to Turin. The route followed what had been the Roman Road and before that a Celtic pathway that is often suggested as Hannibal’s route into Italy. Along the ancient pathway over the Col du Clapier-Savine Coche Pass, a ruined stone refuge guards the way at an altitude of 2200 meters (7000 ft.), above which weather could become a limiting factor any day of the year.…

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The King of Kings’ Empire as a Garden in Ancient Iran

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine) This lecture explores the idea of the Sasanian Empire (Iranshahr) as a garden. The theme of the Persian Empire as a paradise has been explored by a number of scholars, but the continuation of this idea in Late Antiquity is neglected. The speaker will discuss how the Sasanian king of kings acted as a gardener who not only protected his subjects from invaders and malicious forces, but also weeded out those who brought havoc to the…

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Healing with Joy: Recovering Medicine as a Moral Art in Uganda

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What might it mean to recover medicine as a moral art – medicine and health as something beyond a physical, empirical practice? Drawing heavily on my fieldwork of CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, a pediatric neurosurgical site that pioneered a revolutionary treatment of hydrocephalus, we’ll explore an integrative healing approach based on their specific practical theology of health and human flourishing and its implementation in their infrastructure, practices, and habits, with particular emphasis on the dialectic of physical and spiritual…

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Pastries with Professors

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Students come and learn more about the majors/minor for The Study of Religion! Come mingle with other current students and faculty members within the department. Please RSVP for Event religion.ucla.edu/event/pastries-with-professors/

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“Swarms: Communist Utopias of the Greeks”

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Department of Classics for a lecture by Page DuBois (Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, UCSD). “Swarms: Communist Utopias of the Greeks” will be presented on Monday, November 6 at 5:00 pm in Dodd Hall 248.

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Graduate Student Conference Talks and Q&A

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and hear what the graduate students in NELC are working on! Graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences in the next month will be giving their talks for the NELC community, and would love feedback and questions! Speakers (in order): Andrew Danielson  Danielle Candelora Jacob Damm Jeremy Williams Timothy Hogue Marissa Stevens Event Flyer Please RSVP for Event Name First Last Email Affiliation?* FacultyGraduate StudentUndergraduate StudentAlumniStaffOther This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.…

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California Medieval History Seminar

November 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Fall Session of the California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are scholars in the field at various stages of their careers. All attendees at the seminar are expected to read the papers in advance and discuss the research. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. Click here for additional information. These are the papers under discussion at this seminar: Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkley) – “The Devil in the Cloister: Sacred…

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Genres of Response: Gesture, Method, Trope

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

—a conference organized by Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles In a series of talks that follow the imaginative movements of genre from the medieval period to the nineteenth century, the conference examines the uneasy relationship between genre’s aesthetic promise and its practical uses. It brings together scholars whose work moves beyond the consideration of specific genres—whether elegy or epic, illustration or instruction, story or archive—toward a decidedly conceptual treatment of genre’s effects across literary, visual, historiographic, and scientific…

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