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December 2017

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come join us for our First Annual Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party! Come meet faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students within the program. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for Event

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From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: Ethnicity and Identity of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt

December 5 @ 1:00 pm

Professor Kate Liszka will provide a lecture on the introduction of the diverse textual, artistic, and archaeological sources that help us identify how Medjay evolved from an ethnic group to Egypt’s most important police force. Come learn more about the Medjay people. Lunch will be provided.   Kate Liszka completed her degree in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In her dissertation, she studied the evolution of the Medjay from the Old Kingdom—when they were a Nubian ethnic group…

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November 2017

The Achaemenid King and his Governors: Identity – Imitation – Identification

November 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Maria Brosius (University of Toronto) While we may have a rather clear idea about the relationship between the Achaemenid king and his satraps, the relationship between the king and local governors and city-rulers has received less scholarly attention. An exception to this omission is Mausolus of Caria who seems to stand out because Greek sources refer to him both as a king and a satrap. Is his position within the Persian governmental structure indeed exceptional, and perhaps a sign of…

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Many Roads to Oxiana: Safavid and Mughal Poetry on Central Asian Campaigns

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sunil Sharma (Boston University) Central Asia under the Uzbeks was viewed with ambivalence by their Persianate neighbors, the Safavids and Mughals. On the one hand, it was cherished as the cradle of Persian literature and the Timurid homeland, but at the same time its rulers were also frequently at war with them. Literary representations of military conflicts between the three polities were often characterized by the deployment of the mythical Turan-Iran binary and recast in the manner of later epics modeled…

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Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A lecture in English by Behrooz Parhami (UCSB). November 20, 2017.  The Persian script has presented some difficulties, ever since printing presses were introduced in Iran in the 1600s. The appearance of typewriters created additional problems and the introduction of digital computers added to the design challenges. These difficulties persisted, until high-resolution dot-matrix printing offered greater flexibility to font designers and the expansion of the computer market in the Middle East attracted investments on improving the Persian script for computers. Nevertheless,…

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Computers and Challenges of Writing in Persian

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian by Behrooz Parhami (UCSB). November 19, 2017. The Persian script has presented some difficulties, ever since printing presses were introduced in Iran in the 1600s. The appearance of typewriters created additional problems and the introduction of digital computers added to the design challenges. These difficulties persisted, until high-resolution dot-matrix printing offered greater flexibility to font designers and the expansion of the computer market in the Middle East attracted investments on improving the Persian script for computers. Nevertheless,…

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The King of Kings’ Empire as a Garden in Ancient Iran

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

Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine) This lecture explores the idea of the Sasanian Empire (Iranshahr) as a garden. The theme of the Persian Empire as a paradise has been explored by a number of scholars, but the continuation of this idea in Late Antiquity is neglected. The speaker will discuss how the Sasanian king of kings acted as a gardener who not only protected his subjects from invaders and malicious forces, but also weeded out those who brought havoc to the…

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Graduate Student Conference Talks and Q&A

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and hear what the graduate students in NELC are working on! Graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences in the next month will be giving their talks for the NELC community, and would love feedback and questions! Speakers (in order): Andrew Danielson  Danielle Candelora Jacob Damm Jeremy Williams Timothy Hogue Marissa Stevens Please RSVP for Event  

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October 2017

ImaginePhD: Exploring Humanist Career Paths

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn about career paths for humanities PhDs and identify a few starting points and resources related to your individual interests, skills and values so that you can start consider possibilities and build a plan for your own professional development and career goals with the ImaginePHD career planning and exploration tool. Please bring a laptop to this session. Annie Maxfield is the Associate Director for Graduate Student Professional Development at UCLA’s Career Center and the Design & Development Lead for ImaginePhD. She…

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Graduate Student Conference Talks and Q&A

October 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come and hear what the graduate students in NELC are working on! Graduate students presenting their research at academic conferences in the next month will be giving their talks for the NELC community, and would love feedback and questions!

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