Humanities

Back to the Future of Al-Andalus: A Poetry Reading and Conversation

Published: October 29, 2019

MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole will read from his work and talk about the origins and legacy of the hybrid Hebrew poetry of Muslim Spain. Moving between eleventh-century Iberia and twenty-first century Jerusalem and America, Cole will take us into the heart of one of the most vital periods of Jewish literary history, as…

Medieval & Renaissance Studies Research Workshop

Published: October 29, 2019

“Franks that are Acclimatized are Better: Anecdotal History and Everyday Life in Usāma ibn Munqidh’s Kitab al I‘tibar” Gina Lorenz (Graduate Student, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA) In his Kitab al I‘tibar, the warrior, gentleman, and poet Usāma ibn Munqidh (1095-1188) describes Franks as beasts, devils, and friends. He tells tales of epic battles and…

Writing in Different (Disciplinary) Languages: On the Occasion of “The Perils of the One”: Lecture and Discussion with Professor Stathis Gourgouris

Published: October 29, 2019

In honor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, please join the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature for a lecture and reception on October 28, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in 348 Kaplan Hall. In honor of his new book, The Perils of the One (Columbia University Press, 2019), Stathis Gourgouris (Professor of Classics, English, and…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Dr. Kaveh Madani

Published: October 28, 2019

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for the first Bilingual Lecture Series talks of the year.  Dr. Kaveh Madani will present his research on Monday, October 28 at 2:00pm in Bunch Hall 10383. This lecture will be in English.

Bilingual Lecture Series: Dr. Kaveh Madani

Published: October 27, 2019

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for the first Bilingual Lecture Series talk of the year.  Dr. Kaveh Madani will present his research on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Dodd Hall 78 at 4:00pm. This lecture will be in Persian.  His English lecture will follow on Monday, October 28 at 2:00pm in Bunch Hall 10383.

Porosity & Reciprocity | 1st Annual ELTS Graduate Student Conference

Published: October 25, 2019

We are delighted to invite you to Porosity & Reciprocity, the 1st Annual European Languages and Transcultural Studies Graduate Student Conference, which will take place next Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, in Royce 306. Please visit official website for more details including event registration and program.

“The Power of Names in Republican Rome” | Jane Chaplin

Published: October 25, 2019

For readers of Livy and students of Roman republican history, the idea that names revealed character and foretold behavior is familiar: a Manlius Torquatus can be expected to treat his son severely, and a Publius Decius Mus to devote himself in a close battle.  Names as destiny and gentilicial traits culminated in Mark Antony’s reference…

Porosity & Reciprocity | 1st Annual ELTS Graduate Student Conference

Published: October 24, 2019

We are delighted to invite you to Porosity & Reciprocity, the 1st Annual European Languages and Transcultural Studies Graduate Student Conference, which will take place next Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, in Royce 306. Please visit official website for more details including event registration and program.  

Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors

Published: October 23, 2019

Is it ever appropriate to appropriate? To borrow or steal an identity not your own? In Impostors: Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity, Christopher L. Miller reviews numerous acts of flagrant cultural appropriation: authors posing as people they are not in order to claim identities that aren’t theirs. He extends the conversation beyond famous examples from…

Queer Graduate Pedagody Discussion Group

Published: October 22, 2019

This academic year (2019-2020), the program in LGBTQ Studies will be sponsoring and launching a brand-new and exciting Queer Graduate Pedagogy Discussion Group! If you are a graduate student at UCLA in any department, you are welcome to attend. The group will be taking up relevant issues including dealing with challenging course content, managing classroom dynamics, being a queer TA…

Leonardo da Vinci, Inventing the Future: Flight, Automata, Art, Anatomy, Biomorphism

Published: October 18, 2019

On May 2, 1519, a great mind was extinguished. Leonardo da Vinci, polymath and true genius of the Renaissance left this world. Recognized as unique and special in his own time as well as our own, Leonardo’s paintings were highly sought after and his skills in engineering and hydrodynamics placed him in a category apart…

Authorship in Persian Painting

Published: October 16, 2019

A Book Discussion with Lamia Balafrej (UCLA), Margaret S. Graves (Indiana University), Domenico Ingenito (UCLA), and Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University) Margaret Graves (Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Indiana University), Domenico Ingenito (Assistant Professor of Classical Persian, UCLA), and Kishwar Rizvi (Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Yale University) will discuss The Making of the…

Comparative Literature in a Relational World: A Lecture by UCLA Professor Shu-mei Shih

Published: October 15, 2019

In honor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and our Fall Welcome, please join the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature for a lecture and reception on October 15, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in Royce Hall 306 (the Herbert Morris Humanities Seminar Room. Professor Shu-mei Shih (Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Asian Languages and…

COMEDIA SLAM 2019

Published: October 12, 2019

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Metamorphosis and the Environmental Imagination from Ovid to Shakespeare

Published: October 11, 2019

CMRS Conference Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living and mineral forms, have long provided an important tool for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and…

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Open House

Published: October 10, 2019

You are invited to join CMRS Director Zrinka Stahuljak and the Center’s staff for the annual Open House celebrating the start of the new academic year. This is the Center’s 57th year of promoting interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies related to the years 600-1600 C.E. Please visit with and meet professors, students, colleagues, and friends who…