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June 2017

Abbas Kiarostami: The Man and His Arts

June 11 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Kiarostami’s Poetic Landscapes Shiva Balaghi Abbas Kiarostami: The Belated Poet Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak The Artful Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami Hamid Naficy Take Me Home (2016) Film screening and remarks by Ahmad Kiarostami Roundtable discussion Moderated by Nayereh Tohidi *Presentations in English followed by a Roundtable Discussion in Persian Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian, focusing on the visual arts of the contemporary Middle East. For nearly two decades, she taught history and art history at NYU and Brown University. Her…

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The Political Economy of the Canaanite Palace of Kabri

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Flyer Tel Kabri, in the western Galilee of modern day Israel, is a large, 34 ha site, surrounded by rich agricultural land. During the Middle Bronze Age it was the center of a Canaanite polity. Its location, 5 km from the Mediterranean coast, facilitated its connections to major land routes, as well as to the Mediterranean Sea. The palace of Kabri, a vast structure, covering up to 6000 m2, was extensively excavated over the last decade by an expedition…

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May 2017

Careers in Management

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of the Humanities Career Panel Series — Learn how your Humanities degree can help you reach the top of the career ladder. RSVP Here: Careers in Management  

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** CANCELLED ** How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Wolfgang Hemmann THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 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…

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My Story: From Iran to NASA and Beyond

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Azadeh Tabazadeh is an author, environmental consultant, and has worked as a senior research scientist at NASA. She has taught geophysics at Stanford University and received her doctoral degree in physical chemistry from UCLA. Named as a top “Brilliant 10” young scientist in the U.S. by ​Popular Science​ , Tabazadeh has published more than 60 articles  and was given a Presidential White House Award. Come see Tabazadeh speak on her experiences, including her TIME-featured memoir ​The Sky Detective​  that details her life growing up in Iran. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by UCLA Iranian Studies

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Careers in Education and Student Affairs

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of the Humanities Career Panel Series — Want to become a teacher? Do you want to find a career in student affairs? Take advantage of an opportunity to learn about careers in education by networking with professionals and exploring our resource fair. RSVP Here: Careers in Education and Student Affairs

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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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Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

©The Farhad Diba Collection of Qajar Photographs. Caption: Malek Jahan Khanom/ Mahd-e Olia, the mother of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar A lecture in English by Pedram Khosronejad The focus of scholars of photography of Qajar Iran, remains fixed solely on photographic content, without any consideration of the materiality of photographic form. Recognizing photographs as material culture is a way to address such a blind spot, and suggests that any methodological use of them requires a more complex and subtle approach.…

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April 2017

Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and the Creation of the “Sacred Defense Art”

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

© Revayat-e Farth Institute, Tehran, Iran. Caption: Morteza Avini. A lecture in Persian by Pedram Khosronejad Pedram Khosronejad is Farzaneh Family Chair and Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Program (IPGS) at the Oklahoma State University and also associate member of Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laicités, CNRS-Paris, France. He obtained his PhD at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His research interests include cultural and social anthropology, the anthropology of death and dying, visual…

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Arabic-Hebrew Cafe

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