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October 2017

Searching for Scribal Curriculum in Ancient Israel

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Professor William Schniedewind will present the outlines of his research in progress—a book on Scribal Education in Ancient Israel. The research proposes that outlines of scribal curriculum in early Israel can now be reconstructed based on his interpretation of the recently fully published inscriptions from Kuntillet Ajrud and using parallels with Mesopotamian scribal curriculum and its adaptations into other Levantine scribal settings.   Please RSVP for Event    

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How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann A lecture by Judith Pfeiffer (University of Bonn) Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh Hamadānī (d. 718/1318) is often introduced as “ṭabīb,” or ‘physician,’ mostly to distinguish him from authors with similar names, notably the epistolographer Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 578/1182). This paper discusses Rashīd al-Dīn’s scholarly persona as a physician. Starting from his epithet, ṭabīb, the paper explores his role as a medical practitioner, patron, and author of scholarly medical treatises, arguing that Rashīd al-Dīn’s name is henceforth to…

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FBI – Information Session: Collegiate Hiring Initiative and Honors Internship Program

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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What Kind of Wine did Rudaki Fancy?

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 09, 2017. One of the earliest Persian poets, Rudaki (859–941), employed the word wine within a wide semantic register in his poems. However, his unicity is most manifest when the process of wine making is depicted within a highly allegorical poem entitled “Mother of Wine.” Through contextual, historical, and discursive analyses, it is argued that this poem—written in the form of a qasideh—was composed for the purpose of being performed…

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Sexuality and Cultural Change in Iranian Cinema

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

A lecture in Persian by Kamran Talattof (University of Arizona). October 8, 2017. The history of Iranian cinema adequately reflects the construction of gender in Iran. But the expression of sexuality is a problematic notion on a number of levels. In western societies, the preoccupation with human sexuality prompted reflection about human physiology, gender identity, and ethical considerations, resulting in the perception of sex as ontologically separate from mere reproduction, eventually facilitating sexual expression. In traditional segments of Iranian society,…

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Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Matthew Waters (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) The close link between the king and the divine has deep roots in Near Eastern royal ideologies, and the Persian kings during the Achaemenid period (c. 550-330 BCE) followed this tradition. Exactly how close was the link? Recent studies suggest a blurred line between the two especially during at least some parts of the Neo-Assyrian period. However one chooses to answer that question for the Achaemenids, the king is to be considered a fulcrum.…

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May 2017

Afternoon Professionalization Workshop

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

During the first half of this professionalization seminar on the academic job market, a panel will share their experiences in the recent job market, both as applicants and as hiring committee members. A Q&A will follow. In the second half, we will talk about strategies for writing effective application materials and will workshop some of these common materials, such as CV’s, cover letters, and teaching philosophy statements. Please bring a printed copy of the materials you hope to workshop.  …

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March 2017

The unusual New Kingdom Tomb-Chapel of Isisnofret on a rocky outcropping at Northwest Saqqara

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  Dr. Nozomu Kawai specializes in history, art and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, with a particular emphasis on the period from the late Eighteenth Dynasty to the Nineteenth Dynasty. She has been directing Japanese archaeological excavation at Northwest Saqqara / South Abusir since 2001. Her Ph.D. thesis was on the reign of Tutankhamun (Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2005). She is currently working for the revision of her…

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February 2017

Egyptian Coffins and Sarcophagi in the San Diego Museum of Man: Some Technical Studies

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    The San Diego museum of man has a collection of Saite and Ptolemaic coffins and mummies which were the subject of a technical study from 2007-2009.  Pigments, binding media, grounds, wood and degradation products were characterized by x ray diffraction analyses, x ray fluorescence spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, wood anatomy, gas chromatography mass spectrometry and Elisa, a synopsis of the results of the study will be presented with examples of specific coffins illustrated. Light lunch provided. David Scott…

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Annual Colloquia in Armenian Studies

February 23 - February 24

The Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies is a forum for graduate 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.

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