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February 2020

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Professor Gil Stein. Achaemenids or Persians?  Burials, Material Culture, and Imperial Identities in the Euphrates Valley (5th-4th centuries BCE) The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the world in the 5th-4th centuries BCE, encompassing numerous polities and cultural groups within its 20 satrapies. To rule this enormous empire, the Persian elites had to gain the active support of the people they governed to…

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January 2020

Bilingual Lecture Series: Ahmad Kiarostami

January 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
121 Dodd Hall, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join the Iranian Studies Program at UCLA for a Bilingual Lecture Series film screening of Case No. I, Case No. 2. The film and following Q&A with Ahmad Kiarostami will be in Persian.

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October 2019

Bilingual Lecture Series: Dr. Kaveh Madani

October 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
10383 Bunche Hall, 11282 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for the first Bilingual Lecture Series talks of the year.  Dr. Kaveh Madani will present his research on Monday, October 28 at 2:00pm in Bunch Hall 10383. This lecture will be in English.

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Dr. Kaveh Madani

October 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
78 Dodd Hall, 315 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for the first Bilingual Lecture Series talk of the year.  Dr. Kaveh Madani will present his research on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Dodd Hall 78 at 4:00pm. This lecture will be in Persian.  His English lecture will follow on Monday, October 28 at 2:00pm in Bunch Hall 10383.

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2019 Pourdavoud Center Fall Welcome Reception

October 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Please join us for a fall reception at Royce Hall to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the latest addition to the research centers in the Humanities Division. In the company of faculty, our staff, academic affiliates, colleagues, students, and esteemed guests, we shall explore the growth of the Center’s philosophy, programs, fellowships, and grants.  Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held on the terrace of Royce 306. …

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April 2019

UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Ida Meftahi

April 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Performing a Nation’s Angels and Princesses: The Female Dancing Subjects of a Century-Old Iranian Nationalist Stage In early twentieth-century Iran, a nationalist-modernist theatrical milieu emerged that meant to educate society through performing arts. While touring companies from neighboring regions showcased new genres of arts on the Iranian stage, the dispersion of ethno-religious minorities in regions added to the Iranian scene new artistic skills in ballet, theatre, and music, as well as female performers who were previously absent in Iranian preforming…

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UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Ida Meftahi

April 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
121 Dodd Hall, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Film and Discussion on Lalehzar Street A Socio-Historical View Often compared to New York’s Broadway and Paris’s Champs-Élysées, Lalehzar District and its vicinity was a hub for experimentations in music and performing arts as well as new modes of business practices, socialization, and political expression partly due to its proximity to multitude of foreign embassies, diplomatic ventures, and missionary schools. The World War II occupation of Iran by the Allies in 1941 turned this district to a cultural war zone…

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October 2018

The Relationship of Egyptian and Semitic

October 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kaplan Hall 348,

  It has long been known that the ancient Egyptian language is related to the Semitic language family, but the details of this relationship are still not fully understood. In this lecture, we will look at the major similarities (and differences) of the two language groups, including topics in phonology, morphology, and the lexicon, with an eye towards identifying inherited Afroasiatic features. We will also look at how Egyptian and some dialects of Northwest Semitic influenced one another as a…

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