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Rosa Andújar | Philological Reception and the Repeating Odyssey in the Caribbean

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dodd 248,

This lecture discusses La Odilea by Francisco Chofre, a Cuban prose adaptation of the Odyssey, which refigures both Homer’s heroes as guajiros (peasants) and the ancient epic itself through the adoption of an oral Cuban dialect. My examination first highlights Chofre’s meticulous linguistic transformations, which I consider a model of “philological” reception, as well as the ambiguous and complex relationship that Chofre posits between his work and the ancient epic, one which oscillates between irreverence and veneration of Homer. I then explore the broader questions…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: The Performance of Female Masculinity in Lalehzari Music

May 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Performance of Female Masculinity in Lalehzari Music The Arabic-infused Iranian popular musical genre, Lalehzari (or Kucheh-Bazari), was well liked amongst Iran’s underclass in the last few decades before the 1979 Revolution. In the sixties and seventies, the taste for Lalehzari music clearly indicated a lower social class and was associated by mainstream culture with debauchery, even criminality, and a lack of social consciousness. This project explores ways that the female Lalehzari performers rejected the features of conventional femininity imposed…

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Chowra Makaremi: “Reticular, Thick and Liquid: Europe’s New Borders”

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER About the Lecture “Fortress Europe” is not a fortress. The metaphor is useful and successful however, because it points a process which seems self-evident, even if it is far from making sense when we take a closer look: the fact that migration policies have mostly become border policies. European states seek to control and stop migrations, and they do so by enhancing and expanding border control. Looking at this through the lens of mobility, we see…

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Chamber Music at the Clark presents: Ying Quartet

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
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The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: اجراگری مردانگی توسط زنان هنرمند در موسیقی لاله‌زاری

May 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

اجراگری مردانگی توسط زنان هنرمند در موسیقی لاله‌زاری The Arabic-infused Iranian popular musical genre, Lalehzari (or Kucheh-Bazari), was well liked amongst Iran’s underclass in the last few decades before the 1979 Revolution. In the sixties and seventies, the taste for Lalehzari music clearly indicated a lower social class and was associated by mainstream culture with debauchery, even criminality, and a lack of social consciousness. This project explores ways that the female Lalehzari performers rejected the features of conventional femininity imposed…

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2022 Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Roundtable–Cultivating Space: Land, Literature, and Art of the Long Nineteenth Century

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Organized by Lindsay Wells and Zach Fruit, Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellows Online Event via Zoom meeting. Please register in advance. “Cultivating Space: Land, Literature, and Art of the Long Nineteenth Century” is presented by the 2022 UCLA Ahmanson-Getty postdoctoral working group, which builds on themes from the 2021-22 Core Program “Victorian Apocalypse: The siècle at its fin” hosted by UCLA’s Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.  As a complement to the Core Program, the working group explores…

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Greg Woolf | Losing Control of the Gods: How Religion Slipped out of the Hands of Men in the Early Roman Empire

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,

co-sponsored with the Center for Religion and the Department of History  

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Between City and Shtetl: A Comparative Look at Contemporary Hasidic Life

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Naftulin Family Lecture on Studies in Jewish Identity Michael and Irene Ross Program in Yiddish Studies RSVP: https://levecenter.ucla.edu/event/between-city-and-shtetl-a-comparative-look-at-contemporary-hasidic-life/ Join us for "Between City and Shtetl: A Comparative Look at Contemporary Hasidic Life," an upcoming joint book talk featuring current and former Leve affiliates. This talk brings together David N. Myers (UCLA) and Nomi M. Stolzenberg (USC), authors of American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York, with Michael Casper (PhD in History, UCLA 2019)…

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Lecture: Robert Stalnaker, Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at MIT

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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“Conversational Strategy” Robert Stalnaker, Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at MIT. Thursday, May 12 at 4:00 PM Korn Convocation Hall, Anderson School of Business

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Hiddur Mitzva: A Journey Through Jewish Ritual Art

May 12

https://youtu.be/lEkdZ32kNfs Cosponsored by Hillel at UCLA: https://www.uclahillel.org/ Chaim Seidler-Feller (Shalom Hartman Institute of North America) A virtual tour of the Seidler-Feller collection of objects of Jewish material culture from Alsace and Iran, from India and Italy and from the US and Israel. Items include an 18th Century embroidered Italian tallit, a Yemenite wedding headdress, ketubot from across the globe and contemporary Israeli silver. The tour will include a reflection on how we came to collect Judaica and the stories that…

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Paolo Sabattini | Reflexes of PIE syllabic liquids in Mycenaean Greek

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dodd 232, 405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Participants may attend in person in Dodd 232 or on Zoom (link).

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Not a Hoover

May 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Stephen A. Kanter Lecture on California Fine Printing Given by Richard Wagener, Mixolydian Editions This lecture will be live streamed on the Center’s YouTube Channel and available to watch  following the event. Richard Wagener will discuss his forty-plus year dialogue with wood engraving, beginning with the origin and evolution of abstraction and representation in his work, along with early and late influences. The talk will cover how the making of Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh was an entry into the world of fine press…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Zoom Meeting,

Julia Rubanovich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) presents an online lecture titled "The Tale of Yūsuf and Zulaykhā through the Eyes of a Jewish Poet". This talk will examine a string of episodes from the tale of Yūsuf and Zulaykhā embedded into the “Book of Genesis” (Bereshit-nāma), a biblical poem composed by the fourteenth-century Judeo-Persian poet Shāhīn. Shāhīn’s work is situated at a convenient juncture for comparative analysis: it is preceded by the poem Yūsif-u Zulaykhā erroneously ascribed to Firdausī (composed at the end…

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A Comedy of the Commons: Natsume Sōseki and the Fictions of Modern Property

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Kaplan Hall 193, 415 Portola Plaza CA 90095 United States + Google Map

Join UCLA English for a talk featuring Michael K. Bourdaghs, the Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Exploring ideas from his recent book, A Fictional Commons: Natsume Sōseki and the Properties of Modern Literature (Duke University Press, 2021), Michael Bourdaghs will discuss how the fiction and literary theories of Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), often acclaimed as Japan’s greatest modern novelist, provides a critical reimagining of the new regime for property ownership that…

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An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland

May 10

https://youtu.be/GNuayjShEZc An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland available now: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.p... Kenneth Moss (University of Chicago) with David N. Myers (UCLA) Michael and Irene Ross Program in Yiddish Studies What did the future hold for interwar Europe's largest Jewish community, the font of global Jewish hopes? When intrepid analysts asked these questions on the cusp of the 1930s, they discovered a Polish Jewry reckoning with "no tomorrow." Assailed by antisemitism and witnessing liberalism's collapse, some Polish Jews looked…

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Luca Benelli

May 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dodd 248,
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Claude Calame: “The Creation of Eve and Pandora in ‘Differential Comparison’: Myths of Foundation and Michel Foucault’s ‘Aveux de la Chair’”

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER About the Lecture In his History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault intends to offer a “genealogy of the subject of desire” and of the “arts of existence” through the experience of the flesh, in the comparative passage from the Greco-Roman paradigm to Christianity in the first centuries. Relying on philosophers, moralists, physicians, and Fathers of the Church, Foucault fails to take into consideration the narratives that we identify as “founding myths,” while focusing his investigation on a…

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Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Reimagining Sephardic Studies: Provocations from Outside the Fold A Columbia-UCLA Virtual Symposium Graduate Student Organized Webinar To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/Sephardic2022   Monday, May 9, 2022 Relational Approaches to History in Ottoman Studies 9:00 AM PST // 12:00 PM EST Panel Description: This panel examines new methodological approaches within Ottoman Studies that seek to expand how historians conceptualize social and economic processes of difference-making both within and across religious groups. Panelists: Canan Bollel, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington Kaleb Herman Adney,…

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Panayotis (Paddy) League, “Echoes of the Great Catastrophe: Re-Sounding Anatolian Greekness in Diaspora”

May 7 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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In this talk, Dr. Panayotis League explores the legacy of the “Great Catastrophe”—the death and expulsion from Turkey of 1.5 million Greek Christians following the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922—through the music and dance practices of Greek refugees and their descendants over the last one hundred years. Drawing on original ethnographic research conducted in Greece (on the island of Lesvos in particular) and in the Greater Boston area, Dr. League will analyze handwritten music manuscripts, homemade audio recordings, and contemporary live performances, tracing the…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2022

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 3, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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The Spring 2022 session of the California Medieval History Seminar will take place at its original venue, the Huntington Library. The seminar meets 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. Advance registration is required. Participants must be graduate students…

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