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December 2017

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party

December 8 @ 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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From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: Ethnicity and Identity of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt

December 5 @ 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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Chamber Music at the Clark: Pacifica Quartet

December 3 @ 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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November 2017

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

November 29 @ 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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The Achaemenid King and his Governors: Identity – Imitation – Identification

November 29 @ 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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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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