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February 2020

Pourdavoud Center: 14th Melammu Symposium

February 18 - February 20
314 Royce Hall,

“Contextualizing Iranian Religions in the Ancient World” Please click here to view the full symposium schedule. The 14th Melammu Symposium: Contextualizing Iranian Religions in the Ancient World The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World is convening the 14th Melammu Symposium at UCLA. The international three-day symposium held at Royce Hall will explore Iranian religions in light of ancient Near Eastern traditions and precedents. It hosts scholars whose work pertain to the interchange of ideas and practices between…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12 @ 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

Amuzegar Lecture Series: Robert Steele

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Please join the Iranian Studies Program for a lecture by Dr. Robert Steele. Ancient Persia in Pahlavi Politics: The Imperial Celebrations of 1971 and Cultural Policy under the Shah In October 1971, heads of state, political and cultural figures, business leaders, and journalists from around the world came to Persepolis at the invitation of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran. They were there to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of the Founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. Many…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ahmad Kiarostami

January 26 @ 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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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Everett Wheeler

January 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Dr. Everett Wheeler of Duke University will present his research on "Parthians in the Roman Army" for the Pourdavoud Center on January 15, 2020. Parthians in the Roman Army The open frontier along the Euphrates River between the Roman and Parthian empires by no means marked a cultural divide. From the time of Pompey on, both powers availed themselves of forces from local dynasts and mercenaries. Parthian dynastic strife produced exiles and refugees, some of which migrated into Roman territory…

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December 2019

Iranian Studies Lecture: Yann Richard

December 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Some major landmarks of modern Iranian history such as the 1921 coup d’Etat or the toppling of Mosaddeq in 1953 are now checked with critical attention by historians. Was the 1953 coup against Mosaddeq an American achievement or did it eventually succeed through a popular uprising? If the Shiite clergy would be responsible for the coming back of the Shah, how can we understand the ideological mixture of radical Islam and nationalism at the time of the 1979 revolution? Iranian…

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November 2019

A Panel on Peace: Navigating Identity in the Iranian Diaspora

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melintz Hall, Royce Hall 314,

Hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts and scholars discussing their experiences in the Iranian-American community and their ideas for bringing our community closer to our shared goal of unity and tolerance despite ethnic and religious differences. Dr. Farid Holakouee is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Beverly Hills. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. He is the host of the talk…

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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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