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January 2018

From Provincial Chronicle to Grand Imperial Manuscript: The Making of the “Nusretname”

January 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Twenty-Seventh Richard and Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture The 1584 imperial copy of historian Mustafa Âli’s account of the Ottoman-Safavid wars, the Nusretname, is one of the most sumptuous manuscripts in the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul. In this History of the Book Lecture, Emine Fetvaci (Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Chair of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Boston University) compares the first illustrated copy prepared for the author in Aleppo with the final version produced…

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Thinking fast and slow in the Renaissance: Art meets Science by Dr. Francis Wells

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Galenic tradition of anatomy and medicine had been re-introduced to physicians and early anatomists of the quatro- and cinquecento. His descriptions were accepted and taught without challenge in Italian schools of anatomy and medicine throughout that period and beyond. Berengario da Carpi was among the first to mount an early challenge in published work to the interpretation of Galen by de Ketham and Mundinus. Perhaps most striking however was the original thought revealed in the notes of Leonardo where…

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February 2018

The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico

February 1 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
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Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies

February 1 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies are a forum for graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines whose research bears on Armenian Studies to present scholarly papers in the humanities and social sciences, within disciplines as wide-ranging as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art history, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, History, and Political Science. The complete schedules are posted on the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures website.

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Satan in the Bible, God’s Minister of Justice

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Throughout the ages, Satan has been seen as God’s implacable enemy, fiercely determined to keep as many human beings as he can from entering the heavenly kingdom. But according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, this understanding dates only from post-biblical times, when Satan was reconceived as Lucifer, a rebel angel, and as the serpent in the garden of Eden. In the Bible itself, beginning in the book of Job and continuing through the New Testament, Satan is considered to be a…

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La Fotografía Montaje De Pedro Meyer y La Violencia Sexual

February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies

February 2 @ 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

The Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies are a forum for graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines whose research bears on Armenian Studies to present scholarly papers in the humanities and social sciences, within disciplines as wide-ranging as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art history, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, History, and Political Science. The complete schedules are posted on the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures website.

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winter 2018

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Winter 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 about the seminar. These are the papers under discussion at this seminar: Brenda Deen Schildgen (UC Davis) – “Domestic…

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In Search of Modern Iran (Lecture in Persian)

February 3 @ 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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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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Rare Manuscripts of the Moroccan Royal Library: An Introduction and Overview

February 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This lecture will describe some of the rare holdings of al-Khizāna al-Ḥassania, discuss issues related to Maghribi paleography, codicology, and art, imagery, and the symbolism and significance of color used in selected manuscripts. The lecture will also offer advice for potential researchers and suggest fruitful avenues for research in manuscripts at the Ḥassania Library.   Dr. Khalid Zahri is Assistant Director, Curator, and researcher for the manuscript collection of the Hassania Royal Library in Morocco. He travels widely to share…

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A Crisis of Reading: The Culture of Prophecy in the Long Reformation

February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This symposium with Dr. Carme Font (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and CMRS Associate) examines the influence of prophetic writing as a constituent element of what has been termed the Long Reformation. It focuses on women’s prophecy as the dominant linguistic culture of Reformed spaces stemming from different practices of Bible reading and interpretation. The symposium will explore the continuities of medieval mysticism as it becomes prophecy in reformed communities of faith, which are as yet largely unexplored. Advance registration is…

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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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Women, Weddings, and Reversals: Hebrew Comedies of the Renaissance and Baroque

February 7 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Dramatic Readings with Commentary In anticipation of Purim, this program offers an examination and celebration of the Hebrew dramas of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy, including Leone de’ Sommi’s talmudic Comedy of Betrothal, originally written as entertainment for this carnivalesque Jewish festival. The readings are mostly in English (with a sampling of Hebrew and Italian for flavor). Hosted by Ariane Helou (UCLA), Erith Jaffe-Berg (Theater, Film and Digital Production, UC Riverside), and Daniel Stein Kokin (Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA; Universität Greifswald). Advance registration is requested. Please click…

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Straight Pins, Gauze, and Linotypes: The Cuban Post Soviet Artists’ Book

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Painters, Patrons, and Program: The Ceilings of the “Cappella Palatina” in Palermo

February 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Annual Armand Hammer Art History Lecture On Christmas Day 1130, Roger de Hauteville, leader of the Normans in Southern Italy, had himself crowned king of Sicily. He and his leading ministers immediately set about creating a hybrid material and visual culture for the new monarchy, by importing elements from contemporary Byzantium, the Fatimid Mediterranean, and various sources in Latin Europe. In the chapel of King Roger’s chief palace in Palermo, known as the Cappella Palatina, an exotic variety of forms, motifs,…

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John Hopkins | “The Connective Experience of the Made World: Multiple Temporalities and Material Cultures in Early Rome”

February 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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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. Event Flyer

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WORKSHOP: “Challenging Liberal Order: Populist Politics from the Nazis to Today” by Bernhard Schink

February 12 @ 10:00 am - February 14 @ 7:00 pm

Challenging Liberal Order: Populist Politics from the Nazis to Today A Workshop with Bernhard Schlink UC Irvine, February 12-14, 2018, in HG 1002 and HG 1010 The challenges faced by the liberal democratic model in the 21st century have made constitutional theory into an urgent topic of global concern. Both the situation in the Ukraine and the electoral gains of the far right in Europe have frustrated hopes of an easy trajectory toward liberal democratic constitutional orders. If there was…

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To Play the Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern German, English, and Yiddish Drama

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Scholars of Yiddish literature have proposed that the first extant Purim Shpiel (Purim Play) continued the tradition of early modern German and English dramatizations of the Book of Esther. Jews would have gone to see these plays performed in the ports, inns, and streets of early modern Germany, and adapted them to their own, very riotous, holiday festivities. In this talk, Dr. Chanita Goodblatt (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) discusses three plays, within a multi-cultural and multi-temporal context: Meistersinger Hans Sachs’s Comedie, Die Gantze Hystori der…

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