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February 2019

UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Mary Hegland

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join the UCLA Iranian Studies Outreach Program for their Bilingual Lecture Series. Dr. Mary Helgand will present her research in Bunche Hall 10383 on February 11, 2019 at 2:00pm. This lecture will be in English. Please see the attached flyer for details.   Economic and Social Transformation in Aliabad: New Trends in Work, Life Styles, Marriage, and Sexuality   Rapid change was already reaching Aliabad in 1978-1979. Land reform and the shift from agriculture, low-level shop-keeping, and itinerant trading…

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UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Mary Hegland

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the UCLA Iranian Studies Outreach Program for their Bilingual Lecture Series. Dr. Mary Helgand will present her research in Dodd Hall 121 on February 10, 2019 at 4:00pm. This lecture will be in Persian. Please see the attached flyer for details.   روزهای انقلاب:  «علی آباد» شیراز در ایران و جهان در قرن بیستم و بیست و یکم Days of Revolution: “Aliabad” of Shiraz in Iran and in the World in the 20th and 21st Centuries   Research…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Robert Rollinger

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

Contextualizing the Achaemenid-Persian Empire: What Does Empire Mean in the 1st Millennium BCE? Looking at historical handbooks of the Ancient Near East, there appears to be a general agreement on structuring the outline of political history of the first millennium BCE. The epoch is conceptualized as a succession of three clearly defined empires. The first, the Neo-Assyrian empire, is regarded to represent a turning point in history by establishing imperial structures connected with a claim to rule the world. It…

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January 2019

UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Hashem Pesaran

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the UCLA Iranian Studies Outreach Program for their Bilingual Lecture Series.  Dr. Hashem Pesaran will present his research in Kaplan Hall (former Humanities Building) on January 28, 2019 at 4:00pm.  This lecture will be in English.  Please see the attached flyer for details.   US Sanctions: Unfulfilled Expectations and Challenges Facing the Iranian Economy   The nuclear agreement (JCPOA) created hopes and expectations for improved economic conditions and better relationships with the West. The decision by the US…

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John of Litharb (d. 738 CE), On the Soul: A Previously Unknown Syriac Treatise and the New Light it sheds on Islamic Kalām, on Byzantine Theology, and on Syriac Psychology

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

John of Litharb is a fairly well-known Syriac author from the turn of the seventh-and-eighth centuries, who participated in a robust circle of intellectual Christian theologians, historians and philosophers. Although he is known to have authored several important works, due to the accidents of manuscript transmission, only one very short letter of his was thought to have survived to this day. I have recently discovered a significant work of his On the Soul, completely overlooked in previous scholarship. I seek…

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UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Hashem Pesaran

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

Please join the UCLA Iranian Studies Outreach Program for their Bilingual Lecture Series.  Dr. Hashem Pesaran will present his research in Kaplan Hall (former Humanities Building) on January 27, 2019 at 4:00pm.  This lecture will be in Persian.  Please see the attached flyer for details.   تحریم های آمریکا، انتظارات برآورده نشده و چالش های اقتصادی ایران US Sanctions: Unfulfilled Expectations and Challenges Facing the Iranian Economy   The nuclear agreement (JCPOA) created hopes and expectations for improved economic conditions…

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Living Diaspora Concert

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Living Diaspora Concert Artistic Director Greg Hosharian. Featuring: Tinie T, Mihran Kirakosian, Jacob Armen, R-Mean, Ayline Amirayan, Alene Aroustamian, Jon Vato, and Hovig  Demirjian. Royce Hall | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Ticketed Event   To reserve your tickets please visit: Ticketmaster Royce Hall

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Living Diaspora

January 19 @ 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm

It is our esteemed pleasure to invite you in joining Melkonian Global Overture, to celebrate 50 Years of Narekatsi Armenian Studies Chair at UCLA. On January 19, 2019,  MGO will host Living Diaspora, a day of events at UCLA to support the Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies and other important language studies programs around the globe. UCLA has an important educational place in our community and the Narekatsi Chair has been contributing to the scholarly exchange in Armenian studies and…

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DemonBase: The Imaginal Realm of Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Beings

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This presentation provides an overview of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE, centered at Swansea University, Wales. In both the modern and ancient world, intangible entities embody and are blamed for a host of physical and psychological afflictions, as well as being called upon to aid the sufferer. These mythical beings are known in many cultures by many names such as: gremlins, imps, faeries, ghosts, daemons, genies, Mischwesen, monsters, small gods, angels, superheroes and invisibilia. Although the Ancient…

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Prestige among the Baloch: “Monopolization” of Historical Events in Inter-Tribal Relations in Sarhadd (Iranian Balochistan)

January 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Sarhadd region is unique in Iranian Balochistan because of the “tribal” Baloches’ still functioning but gradually fading traditional social structures and relations. Prestige, authority, and honor have always been essential to Balochi “tribal” identity, particularly in Sarhadd where the “tribes” position themselves as the “true” heirs and guarantors of Balochi culture and traditions. Alongside the mayar – the behavioral code of honor, certain “implements” exist for constructing and maintaining inter-tribal relations. This presentation examines one such “implement,” monopolization of historical events,…

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