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September 2017

2017 Fall Reception

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures 2017 Fall Reception   Lunch and Refreshments will be served Join us to kick off the new academic year! Name* First Last Affiliation?* FacultyGraduate StudentStaffOther Can Attend? Yes No RSVP Total* Vegetarian* Yes No This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. jQuery(document).ready(function($){gformInitSpinner( 39, ‘http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif’ );jQuery(‘#gform_ajax_frame_39’).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_39’);var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find(‘#gform_confirmation_wrapper_39’).length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf(‘gformRedirect(){‘) >=…

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Humanities Welcome

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Undergraduate Ice Cream Social/Open House

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and learn about the different majors and minors offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Meet other students in the majors and minors and current faculty. non-dairy options will be avilable Event Flyer

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World Languages Day

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bonjour! Hallo! Ciao! Did you know that there are more than 40 different languages taught at UCLA? World Languages Day offers an opportunity to discover language programs offered on campus, as well as language clubs and other cultural activities you can get involved in. All undergraduate students are invited to attend. Those present will have the chance to play games and win great prizes. Stop by Bruin Plaza on Friday, September 29th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to participate…

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Fellowship Funding Workshop

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Interested in learning more about the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM), Graduate Research Mentorship (GRM), Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) and other extramural funding opportunities? Want to know what it takes to make a successful proposal? Funding Workshop hosted by Dr. Cherie Francis from UCLA Graduate Fellowships and Financial Services. 2017 Funding Workshop Name First Last Email Department? Comparative LiteratureNELCSlavic if(typeof gf_global == ‘undefined’) var gf_global = {“gf_currency_config”:{“name”:”U.S. Dollar”,”symbol_left”:”$”,”symbol_right”:””,”symbol_padding”:””,”thousand_separator”:”,”,”decimal_separator”:”.”,”decimals”:2},”base_url”:”http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms”,”number_formats”:[],”spinnerUrl”:”http://nelc.ucla.edu/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/images/spinner.gif”};jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_render’, function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 41) {} } );jQuery(document).bind(‘gform_post_conditional_logic’, function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} );…

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October 2017

CMRS Open House

October 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join CMRS Director Professor Massimo Ciavolella and the staff of the Center for our annual Open House celebrating the start of a new academic year. This year marks CMRS’s 54th year of promoting interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century. Come meet other faculty members, students, colleagues, and friends who share these interests and find out more about CMRS’s programs, fellowships, grants, and publications. We look forward to seeing you at our Open House…

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Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) The close link between the king and the divine has deep roots in Near Eastern royal ideologies, and the Persian kings during the Achaemenid period (c. 550-330 BCE) followed this tradition. Exactly how close was the link? Recent studies suggest a blurred line between the two especially during at least some parts of the Neo-Assyrian period. However one chooses to answer that question for the Achaemenids, the king is to be considered a fulcrum.…

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Faculty Writing Retreat

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

When the quarter arrives, it can be challenging to set aside an extended period of time for writing. Let’s collectively do so! We provide a serene environment, breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and you can devote the day to writing. Friday, October 6, 10am-5pm Royce Hall 306 RSVP by September 29 Sponsored by UCLA: Division of Humanities Herb Alpert School of Music Center for the Study of Women Fielding School of Public Health  

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Sexuality and Cultural Change in Iranian Cinema

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

A lecture in Persian by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 8, 2017. The history of Iranian cinema adequately reflects the construction of gender in Iran. But the expression of sexuality is a problematic notion on a number of levels. In western societies, the preoccupation with human sexuality prompted reflection about human physiology, gender identity, and ethical considerations, resulting in the perception of sex as ontologically separate from mere reproduction, eventually facilitating sexual expression. In traditional segments of Iranian society,…

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What Kind of Wine did Rudaki fancy?

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

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 09, 2017. One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine” is depicted. Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed…

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Split: Conservation of a World Heritage Site

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Split

Founded in 305 as a fortified villa of a retired emperor, Split developed into a medieval town, keeping traces from all periods and incorporating them into one harmonic whole. In 1979 the historic core of Split was declared a World Heritage Site on account of its well preserved architecture from all periods, and also because it is still a living organism with all urban functions. The rapid growth of the modern city, the pressure of commercialization, and unfavorable changes in…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: Lincoln Trio

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nominated for Grammy Awards in 2014 and 2017, the Lincoln Trio has become Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensemble. Praised for their joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing, and beautiful blended tone, the trio takes its name from their home in the heartland of the USA. Formed in 2003, the trio’s polished presentations of well-known chamber works and their ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire has led to the group’s reputation as a first rate ensemble. Their…

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Beyond Nostalgia: Berber ‘Puritans’ and the End of Andalusian Convivencia?

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berber ‘Puritans’ and the End of Andalusian Convivencia?

CMRS Roundtable Almost without exception, the established English-language scholarly and popular narratives of the history of Islamic Spain present the period of the Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba and the era of the taifa kings that followed it as a “Golden Age” of tolerance, ethnoreligious diversity, and cultural dynamism.  In this view, the incursion first of the Almoravids, and then of the Almohads brought this “Golden Age” to an abrupt end. These two regimes, whose foreign, Berber character is inevitably emphasized, are generally…

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Dante and Modernity

October 20 - October 21
Dante and Modernity organized by Andrea Moudarres

In a famous passage of Survival in Auschwitz, the memoir that emerged from his harrowing experience in the concentration camp, Primo Levi strives to recall from his memory Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno – a canto that narrates the mad flight and tragic fall of the Greek hero Ulysses. Levi’s account of Ulysses’ speech to his companions in Inferno 26 turns into the prism through which the reader of Survival journeys across nearly three millennia of European history, from the obvious, albeit oblique, echoes of Homer’s Odyssey to the…

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The Present and Future of Digital Manuscripts: Access, Pedagogy, Scholarship

October 20 @ 10:00 am - October 21 @ 12:30 pm

—a conference organized by Rebecca Fenning Marschall, Clark Library, UCLA, and Philip S. Palmer, Clark Library, UCLA Why do we need digitized manuscripts and how might we improve user access to them? How might collaborative infrastructure, discovery platforms, and linked data make it easier to find, view, and connect digitized manuscripts? How can special collections libraries partner with scholars, students, and the general public to enhance metadata and transcriptions of digitized manuscripts? As the culminating event of the Clark’s project…

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A Mercenary Logic? Muslim Soldiers in the Service of Christian Kings

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hussein Fancy UCLA-CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Over the course of the late-thirteenth and fourteenth centuries — as they subdued, expelled, and enslaved Muslim populations — the kings of the Crown of Aragon recruited thousands of North African cavalry soldiers, whom they called jenets, to serve in their armies and in their courts as body guards, members of their entourage, and even, on occasion, as their entertainment. Drawing on Latin, Romance, and Arabic archival sources from Spain and North Africa, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Hussein…

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Humanities Forum on Diversity Race and Immigration: Juan Felipe Herrera

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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