In Distant Places Among Alien People: Slavery, Friendship, and Tatar-Venetian Relations in the 15th Century

Dodd Hall 275 390 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Guest Speaker: Hannah Barker (Arizona State University) In 1455, the Venetian patrician Giosafat Barbaro encountered an old friend in surprising circumstances. As a young merchant in the Black Sea port of Tana, Barbaro had met and befriended a local Tatar notable named Chebechzi. At the end of his time in Tana, Barbaro returned home expecting never to see Chebechzi again. He certainly did not expect to find him enslaved in a Venetian wine shop ten years later. At the moment, Barbaro acted immediately to assert Chebechzi’s freedom and help him return home. Later in life, Barbaro also wrote a memoir...

Postponed: Inaugural Dean of Humanities’ Lecture in Critical Humanistic Inquiry: “Visualizing Mestizaje through Zapotec Remappings of the Americas”

Hershey Hall Salon and Zoom

This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. Read more here. Tens of thousands of Indigenous peoples have migrated to the United States since 1994, the vast majority from Mexico and Mesoamerica. As a consequence, the U.S. Native American population increased by 86% between 2010 and 2020. Zapotec is now second only to Navajo as the most-spoken Indigenous language in the U.S., while bilingual immersion in Mixtec and English is part of NYC public school curriculum. This is challenging how we define Indigeneity in the United States, but it is also challenging how Latinx Studies will...

Workshop on How to Pitch and Write for Non-Academic Outlets

Royce Hall, room 314 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA

In the Pitch Workshop The Los Angeles Review of Books Editor-in-Chief, Medaya Ocher, will offer general guidance as well as direct feedback on pitches.   You can participate in two different ways: (1) Apply with a pitch for the possibility to be selected to receive feedback as part of the workshop and with the possibility to sign up for short follow up “office hours,” or, (2) RSVP to sit in on the workshop without a pitch.   Schedule, Monday, May 6  Workshop: 10-12 noon Lunch: 1-2pm Office hours: 2-4pm   Application Eligibility: The program is available for UCLA ladder faculty,...

Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism – Magda Teter (Fordham)

314 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States

In 2017 in Charlottesville, antisemitism and anti-Black racism converged as white supremacists, in a highly choreographed and violent protest against the removal of a statue honoring a Confederate general, carried Confederate flags and chanted “Jews will not replace us.” In this talk, Magda Teter, the author of Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism, will explain the deep roots of that connection and explore the interplay between Christian theology and law to demonstrate how legal and theological frameworks created centuries ago have led to the creation of social hierarchies, legal exclusion of and a denial of equality to...

Witnessing Disaster: Fleuriau de Bellevue and the Writing of Seismic Histories in Italy and Guatemala, 1717–1796

ZOOM Lecture

-Lecture by John Sullivan, Ph.D. Student in History, Northwestern University. Recipient of the 2023–24 Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Graduate Research Between 1788 and 1793, the Frenchman Louis-Benjamin Fleuriau de Bellevue (1761–1852) trekked the length of Italy and climbed its Alpine peaks, a long sojourn that capped his years of training as a geologist and natural historian. Toward the end of his journeys, he passed through Sicily and Calabria, in the peninsula’s far south, to observe the devastating aftermath of a series of earthquakes that had rocked the region in 1783. In this talk, John Sullivan will incorporate Bellevue’s travel notebooks into...

And God Laughed: Humor in the Bible – Joel Kaminsky

Royce 306 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Since the Hebrew Bible is a sacred text for Jews and Christians many readers naturally assume it cannot contain any humor. This talk will explore several biblical narratives that employ humor to make serious theological points. Becoming aware of such biblical humor can enrich our understanding of these stories and of certain theological ideas the ancient biblical writers wished to emphasize. Joel Kaminsky is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a professor of Bible in the Religion Department at Smith College where he has taught since 1997. His research explores the intersection between narrative and theological currents in the...

Creative Writing Party Featuring Author in Residence Diana Khoi Nguyen

Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Root Fractures (2024) and Ghost Of (2018), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her video work has been exhibited at the Miller ICA. Nguyen is a MacDowell and Kundiman fellow, and a member of the Vietnamese artist collective, She Who Has No Master(s). She’s received an NEA fellowship and awards from the 92Y “Discovery” Poetry and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery contests. She teaches in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Drinks and light refreshments will be...

Tea and Conversation: Adam Moss

Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join UCLA English for the Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room Writers Series: Tea and Conversation with Adam Moss Adam Moss will discuss his writing. This event is followed by Some Favorite Writers: Adam Moss at the Hammer Museum at 7:30pm. Visit the Hammer Museum for full details. Both events are free and open to the public. Adam Moss was the editor of New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and 7 Days. As editor of New York, he also oversaw the creation of five digital magazines: Vulture, The Cut, Daily Intelligencer, Grub Street, and The Strategist. During his...

Some Favorite Writers: Adam Moss

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA, United States

In Adam Moss’s new book The Work of Art, the former editor of New York magazine asks “What is the work of art?” Weaving conversations with some of the most accomplished artists of our time together with the journal entries, napkin doodles, and sketches that were their tools, Moss traces the tortuous paths and artist decisions that led to the making of transcendent novels, paintings, movies, songs, jokes, and more. Organized and hosted by author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson. Copresented by UCLA Department of English. Adam Moss was the editor of New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine,...