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January 2018

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

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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How did an Arabic dialect spoken around AD 1000 become an official language of Malta and of the European Union?

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Malta’s position at the centre of the Mediterranean has attracted many settlers and conquerors through the ages, with the result that many languages have been spoken and written in the islands.  The present-day Maltese language is a fusion of Arabic, Sicilian, Italian and English.  The presentation tells the story of how this blend came about.  It also describes how the process of standardization led to its achieving official status in Malta in 1934 and its recognition as an official language…

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The Invention of Colonial America: Data, Architecture, and the Archive of the Indies (1781–1844)

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Byron Hamann (The Ohio State University) In the opening pages of The Invention of America (1961), Mexican historian Edmundo O’Gorman asks the following question: “…let us suppose that the caretaker of an archive comes across an ancient papyrus in a cellar. The next day he brings it to the attention of a professor of classical literature, who after careful study realizes that it is an hitherto unknown text by Aristotle. Who is the discoverer of this document, the…

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In Search of Modern Iran

January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017). Event Flyer Registration Please complete this form to register for the event. Seating is limited.  Name* First Last Email* Attending?* Yes No Affiliation* UCLA Student UCLA Faculty or Staff UCLA Alumnas Non-UCLA Student Non-UCLA Faculty or Staff General Public This iframe contains the logic required to…

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February 2018
$25

Chamber Music at the Clark: Ensō String Quartet

February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ensō String Quartet Susie Park, violin Ken Hamao, violin Melissa Reardon, viola Richard Belcher, cello One of its generation’s most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the front rank of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by The Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the…

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In Search of Modern Iran (Lecture in Persian)

February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Abbas Amanat (Yale) In this book talk given in Persian, Abbas Amanat discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a half millennium of history in his recently published book: Iran: A Modern History  (Yale University Press, 2017). Event Flyer

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Freed from Hostageship: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome

February 7 @ 4:00 pm

Jake Nabel (Getty Research Institute) Over the course of the Julio-Claudian period in Rome (c.30 BCE-68 CE), several Arsacid princes from the ruling family of the Parthian empire were sent to live in the court of the Roman emperor. Ancient Greco-Roman sources describe these figures as “hostages,” and modern scholars have largely followed suit. While contemporary Parthian evidence is scarce, this talk will draw on later Iranian sources and broader histories of the ancient Near East to consider the Arsacids…

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Why and How Iranian Identity has become so Politicized? (Lecture in Persian)

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Syracuse) In this presentation, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, will address such issues as the central tenants of Iranian identity, attempts to refine it, and the current challenges and controversies regarding this contested notion.

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Between Graven Images and Zoroastrian Texts: How to Study Ancient Iranian Religious Iconography?

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Michael Shenkar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) The study of the Iranian religious iconography has been traditionally bound to the Zoroastrian texts. Deities, animals and symbols have all been usually interpreted based on the descriptions found in the Avesta and in the Middle Persian literature. However, to treat these problematic texts as a source of Iranian imagery comparable with the Bible for the Byzantine art or with the Buddhist sacred texts for the Buddhist art, is certainly misleading. The potential…

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“Sappho’s Homer: A Reparative Reading” | Melissa Mueller

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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From Istanbul to Chicago: Iranian Diaspora Across Time and Space (Lecture in Persian)

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside) Abstract forthcoming.

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From Istanbul to Chicago: Iranian Diaspora Across Time and Space

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside) Abstract forthcoming.

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“Creating Gods through Narratives: The Ontology of Greek Mythic Characters” | Sarah Johnson

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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March 2018
$25

Chamber Music at the Clark: The Henschel Quartett with Lynn Harrell, Cellist

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Henschel Quartett Christoph Henschel, violin Catalin Desaga, violin Monika Henschel, viola Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj, cello The Henschel Quartett’s musical journey has included many remarkable highlights, including playing at the official re-opening of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar (a UNESCO World Heritage site), travel to Brussels as a Cultural Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2010 a performance at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The Quartett has regularly been invited to the Royal Palace of Madrid to perform…

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