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February 2019

A Tale of Two Palaces: The Late Bronze Age at Hazor

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by: Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Kershaw Chair for Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies Tel Hazor is located in the Upper Galilee, about 15 km north of the Sea of Galilee. It was the largest Canaanite city in the 2nd millennium BCE, measuring approximately 84 hectares and consisting of an acropolis and a lower city. The renewed excavations at the site have uncovered two monumental buildings, dating to the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1550-1200 B.C.), one termed the…

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Wadi al-Jarf, the King Khufu’s Harbor on the Red Sea Coast: Overview of the Recent Discoveries

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Since 2011, a joint team of the Paris-Sorbonne University and the French Institute in Cairo (IFAO) has been excavating an exceptional harbor complex at Wadi al-Jarf along the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea. Considered now as the oldest harbor in the world, this massive installation dates back to the very beginning of the Fourth Dynasty. In 2013 the site has received a special reputation after the discovery of several hundreds of fragments of narrative and administrative papyri, the oldest…

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Graduate Seminar in Armenian Studies: Women During and After the Velvet Revolution in Armenia

February 25 @ 6:00 pm

Dr. Gohar Shahnazaryan is Director of the Yerevan State University Center for Gender and Leadership Studies (www.ysu.am/gender) and Co-Director of the Women’s Resource Center NGO (www.womenofarmenia.org) in Armenia. She holds a PhD in Sociology. Currently Dr. Shahnazaryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Sociology at YSU. She was a visiting scholar at the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University and at the Institute of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley on an…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Margaret Root

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World announces the lecture of Dr. Margaret Root as part of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series.  Dr. Root is Professor and Curator Emerita of Near Eastern and Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a 2018-2019 Getty Scholar. Kingship for a New World: Achaemenid Art and its Global Resonances The official court art of the Achaemenid Persian empire, as realized canonically in the reign of Darius I…

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March 2019

Rethinking Divine Kingship in Ancient Egypt

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The divinity of the king and the power it implies has attracted the attention of Egyptologists ever since the inception of the field. Much of the debate has centered on determining whether the king was either the foremost of the human or the lowest of the gods. Inherent in these conversations was the assumption that the king had only a single nature, which was either human or divine. This issue was cleverly resolved by means of a spiritual form of…

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UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari

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

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari’s second lecture of the 2018-2019 academic year. He will present research from his latest book on March 4, 2019 in Kaplan Hall 365 (former Humanities Building) at 4:00pm. Both East and West: A Commentary on the History of Modernity in Iran Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, many observers of Iran have viewed a country torn between Eastern history and ‘Western’ modernity.  This divide between religion and secularity has couched the…

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HOW MOSES BECAME A LEVITE

March 5 @ 12:00 pm

The Bible presents Moses as Israel’s prophet par excellence and among the most prominent members of the Israelite tribe of Levi. But how does this picture of Moses square with actual history? How did the memory of an early Transjordanian holy man become part of a priestly tradition in ancient Israel? Answering these (and other) questions requires rethinking not only the biblical sources but how warfare, economics, and politics led to different corners of Israelite society “claiming” Moses for themselves…including…

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Tigran Mansurian 80th Anniversary Celebration

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sponsored by the Herb Alpert School of Music Co-sponsored by Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Symposium: “East and West: Search for Meeting Point” 2:00pm – 5:30pm March 6th, Jan Popper Theater FREE ADMISSION Armenia’s foremost living composer’s 80th anniversary is celebrated during a day-long symposium. Featured symposium speakers include composer/pianist Artur Avanesov (Armenia); Artistic Administrator of Seattle Symphony, Elena Dubinets; Director of Lark Musical Society, Vatsche Barsoumian, and Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies at UCLA, Peter Cowe. Gala Concert 8:00pm…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Stefan Hauser

March 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Stefan Hauser will present his research as part of the Pourdavoud Center 2018-2019 Lecture Series. Dr. Hauser is Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean Culture at the Universität Konstanz, Germany. He is also a Getty Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year. To RSVP, please click here.   Charax Spasinou Research on the Capital of Mesene and the Arsacid Center of Trade The city of Charax Spasinou was a major trading center of the Arsacid Empire. Located near the head…

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