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April 2017

Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Bud o Nemud-e Sokhan (Literature: Its Existence and Its Appearance) brings together twenty select articles which Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak has written and published in the Persian language over three decades of academic service in the United States, and which have a bearing on a novel understanding of the history of Persian Literature. In an extensive Introductory essay, the author relates each of the works he analyzes and interprets to its specific social context and…

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Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A book celebration for Ali Behdad In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light—making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. A pioneering study of this intertwined history, Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East (University…

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March 2017

The Anatomy of Loyalty and Patterns of Patronage in the Religio-political Culture of Sixteenth Century Iran

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Khafipour discusses the spiritual dimensions of political loyalty that was instrumental in the formation of strong ties between the Safavid rulers and their chiefs at the epicenter of the order, where power was continually contested. Drawing on a wide variety of historical and literary sources, Islamic theology, and theories of power, he discusses the anatomy of political loyalty among the early Safavids within the context of early modern state formation and posits that hierarchies of spiritual power inherent in…

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Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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February 2017

Excavations at Pasargadae: The First Imperial City of the Achaemenids

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The World Heritage site of Pasargadae was the first dynastic site of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in Fars, in the sixth century BCE. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and testament to the grandeur of the Achaemenid civilization. In 2016, a new comprehensive excavation project was launched at the site. The first season of work concentrated on the ruined, solitary tower…

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Metaphysical Subversions in Contemporary Iranian Art

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A lecture in English The directional force of contemporary Iranian art, especially photography, the genius of its expression, is principally the subversion of metaphysical concepts, be they theological, philosophical and/or ontological. Contemporary Iranian art makes transparent the arbitrariness of Truth centers, thus resulting in the erasure of such cherished absolutes as the concept of author as God (artist as the creator of original concepts and forms), Art (as a privileged expression) and the a priori of an essence from which…

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Contested Terrains of Iranian Culture

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A lecture in English Throughout modern Iranian history, culture has served as a means of imposing unity and cohesion onto society. The Pahlavi monarchs used it to project an image of Iran as an ancient civilization, re-emerging as an equal to Western nations, while the revolutionaries deployed it to remake the country into an Islamic nation. Just as Iranian culture has been continually re-interpreted, the representations and avocations of Iranian identity vary amongst Iranians across the world. This presentation will…

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January 2017

Western Iran in the Third Millennium BCE: The Early Trans-Caucasian Phenomenon Seen from Yanik Tepe

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Early Trans-Caucasian (ETC), otherwise known as Kura–Araxes, Karaz, and Khirbet Kerak, spanned the later part of the fourth and the entire third millennia BCE. Defined by distinctive pottery assemblages, and also by building styles and portable hearths, the ETC stretched over a vast expanse from the upper Euphrates Valley to the Caspian hills and from the Southern Caucasus to the Levant. While there has been much recent discussion of the ETC Phenomenon in the Southern Caucasus, Turkey and the…

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Film Screening

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Iranian Student Group at UCLA will be hosting a screening and Q&A with lm director  Jahangir Golestan for two back-to-back, English-language documentaries: Homeless to Homeowner, telling the story of Mohammad Mohanna, who establishes a facility to serve  the homeless of Sacramento, and Bam 6.6, detailing the story of the Iranians that saved the  lives of a Jewish-American couple in the aftermath of Iran’s 2003 earthquake in Bam. This  free event is open to the public and made possible by…

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Persepolis After Alexander

January 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian Ali Mousavi was born and raised in Iran. He studied in Lyon, France, and took his B.A. in Art History, and his M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Lyon, France. He obtained his Ph.D. in archaeology of the ancient Near East from the University of California, Berkeley. He excavated in France, Turkey, and Iran, and contributed to the nomination of a number of archaeological sites and monuments for inscription on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.…

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