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November 2017

Conference: Sound and the Sacred

November 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - November 18, 2017 @ 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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Un Recorrido a Traves de Algunos Relatos Cinematograficos Sobre la Experiencia de la Dictadura Argentina en Edad Infantil

November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Chamber Music at the Clark: Zorá String Quartet

November 19, 2017 @ 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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Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 19, 2017 @ 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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Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 20, 2017 @ 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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The Achaemenid King and his Governors: Identity – Imitation – Identification

November 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Maria Brosius (University of Toronto) While we may have a rather clear idea about the relationship between the Achaemenid king and his satraps, the relationship between the king and local governors and city-rulers has received less scholarly attention. An exception to this omission is Mausolus of Caria who seems to stand out because Greek sources refer to him both as a king and a satrap. Is his position within the Persian governmental structure indeed exceptional, and perhaps a sign of…

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At the Crossroads of Cultural Networks: The Creation of a Medieval Treasury for San Isidoro de León

November 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Medieval treasuries provide a material witness to the interests and aspirations of the individuals and institutions that created them. For the central Middle Ages, there is extensive written evidence of the multiple uses made of treasuries and their contents by royal women and men. Treasuries could function as a source of gifts for allies, which bound them with obligations; prestigious possessions of one’s own for ostentation before an elite audience; or financial reserves that could…

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December 2017
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Chamber Music at the Clark: Pacifica Quartet

December 3, 2017 @ 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, October 5, 2017. Lottery registration closes Thursday, October 26, 2017. Learn more about the booking-by-lottery system for securing Chamber Music at the Clark seats. Pacifica Quartet Simin Ganatra, violin Austin Hartman, violin Guy Ben-Ziony, viola Brandon Vamos, cello Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of…

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From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: Ethnicity and Identity of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt

December 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Professor Kate Liszka will provide a lecture on the introduction of the diverse textual, artistic, and archaeological sources that help us identify how Medjay evolved from an ethnic group to Egypt’s most important police force. Come learn more about the Medjay people. Lunch will be provided.   Kate Liszka completed her degree in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In her dissertation, she studied the evolution of the Medjay from the Old Kingdom—when they were a Nubian ethnic group…

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Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party

December 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come join us for our First Annual Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party! Come meet faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students within the program. Refreshments will be provided. 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. jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 61, ‘http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif’ );jQuery(‘#gform_ajax_frame_61’).load( function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘*’).html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf(‘GF_AJAX_POSTBACK’) >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_wrapper_61’);var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_confirmation_wrapper_61’).length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf(‘gformRedirect(){‘) >= 0;var…

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January 2018

Great King / King of Kings. Survival and Transformation of a Persian Title in the Hellenistic Period, c. 330–30 BCE: From the Achaemenids to the Parthians

January 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rolf Strootman (Utrecht University) The Old Persian imperial titles Great King and King of Kings (xšāyaθiya vazạrka and xšāyaθiya xšāyaθiyānām) disappeared after the Macedonian conquest of the Achaemenid Empire in 330 BCE. But already before the Parthians reestablished Iranian kingship in Iran, the title Great King had returned in a Greek version: basileus megas. That title was adopted around 205 BCE by the Seleukid emperor Antiochos III (‘the Great’) and by several of his successors. When later the Parthian rulers Mithradates…

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Love, War, Ethics & Science: Jewish & Christian Poetics in 15th-Century Southern Italy

January 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In the second half of the fifteenth century, Venetian, Greek, Albanian, Dalmatian, and Jewish merchants settled in the Southern Italian region of Puglia.  Here they played a major role in the organization of maritime networks and operating commerce along both the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean routes. In spite of the unstable political situation in the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples, the favorable economic conditions and the political protection of Venice triggered a flourishing of cultural activity on the Italian Adriatic coast,…

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Bodies and Maps: Personification of the Continents

January 12 - January 13

Personifications of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, and America abounded in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. The continents, depicted as female (and sometimes male) figures, appeared in political processions, court performances, ceiling and wall frescos, maps, atlases, frontispieces, poems, travelogues, costume books, prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculptures, wood pulpits, and sculptured tympanums. While the rise in the popularity of these images in the early modern period may well have been related to encounters in the Americas, which increased the…

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México 2018: Frente A Un Año Electoral Decisivo

January 17 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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CMRS Movie Night: “La Otra Conquista”

January 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Set in the wake of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Salvador Carrasco’s stunning film La Otra Conquista explores the personal, social, and spiritual dimensions of conquest through the eyes of the conquered. Tracing the experiences of a young Aztec scribe facing the destruction and replacement of his faith and a well-intentioned friar charged with his spiritual reeducation, this film examines what it means to convert. Q & A with lead actor Damián Delgado (Topiltzin/Tomás) will follow the film. Advance registration is…

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Master Class: A Personal Journey Through Found Footage with Luis Ospina

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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David Hirsch’s Retirement Party

January 19 @ 4:00 pm

Please join us in bidding a fond farewell to David Hirsch, longtime Librarian for Jewish, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian, and Armenian Studies at UCLA. Champagne and pastries will be served. David Hirsch’s Retirement Party Name First Last Email Affiliation UndergraduateGraduateFacultyStaff jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_render’, function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 68) {} } );jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_conditional_logic’, function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger(‘gform_post_render’, [68, 1]) } );

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Clark Library Grand Reopening Celebration

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library as we celebrate our grand reopening. After being closed since April 2015 for a seismic retrofit and book storage expansion project, the Clark Library will be formally reopened to the public. With guided tours of the library’s new and refurbished spaces, a comprehensive exhibit of the building’s history, and fun activities for the entire family on the grounds, we plan for an exciting 1920s-themed event to honor the building’s history.…

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Between Admiration and Defamation: Reimagining the Knightly Ideal in the Wars Against Lithuanians

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Completed in 1326, Peter of Dusburg’s Chronicon terrae Prussiae is the earliest known history of the Teutonic Order, its military victories against the Baltic pagans, and its wars against the Lithuanians. As many scholars have demonstrated, Dusburg’s chronicle was intended to provide legal and theological justification for the continuation of the Order’s wars at a time when its military practices had come under widespread criticism. In this Roundtable talk, Dr. Kristina Markman (History, UCLA) shows that Dusburg’s chronicle is much more than…

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“Constructing the Subura: Space, Ideology, and Gender” | Margaret Andrews

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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