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May 2019

A Tale of Two Grigors: Aghet and Impossibility of Language in Narekatsi and Beledian

May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Dr. Hagop Gulludjian is in charge of Western Armenian at UCLA within the Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies. He holds a doctorate of Letters and an MBA. He has researched and published on medieval Armenian poetry; heritage language and language vitality; interactions between virtuality, culture and diasporas; and modern to postmodern Diaspora Armenian literature. Currently, he is doing research and writing on the mystical poetry of Grigor Narekatsi and on contemporary Diaspora literature by Nigoghos Sarafian and Krikor Beledian. He…

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Challenges Facing the Armenian Diaspora in the United States

May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Mr. Chenian is a financial advisor with a long history of public service. In his presentation the speaker will focus on the role of strategic individuals in advancing community objectives in contrast to many of the diasporic institutions currently embedded within it that were founded in another place and time and are therefore perceived as increasingly irrelevant in meeting 21st century challenges. Chenian then identifies the potential afforded by a "Think Tank Culture" and explores how such a structure might…

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Book Talk by Nile Green: The Persianate World

May 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Copies of the book will be available for sale from the ASUCLA Bookstore at this event. To RSVP, please click here.

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An Introduction to Islamic Manuscript Culture

May 20 @ 11:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm
Main Conference Room Charles E. Young Research Library UCLA,

This free workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Islamic manuscripts and manuscript culture, using the extensive holdings of the Special Collections at UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library. It is intended for advanced students and scholars with backgrounds in Islamic studies and/or manuscript studies. Sessions will be devoted to such topics as parchment and paper, bindings and structures, quires and codices, scripts and hands (paleography), and historical and paratextual elements. Participants will learn to produce accurate basic descriptions of…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Poets of Life with Rakhshan Banietemad

May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
121 Dodd Hall, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Revolution, Democracy, Security

May 17 @ 2:00 pm
Bunche 6275,

Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the Security Council in the Republic of Armenia, gained his BA in International Relations from Yerevan State University and MA in the same field from the American University of Armenia. Since then he has participated in various international educational projects inter aliain the USA, Finland, and Italy. Recently, he served concurrently as Visiting Lecturer in World Politics and International Relations at the Armenian-Russian (Slavonic) University and as Project Coordinator of Electoral Programs at the Transparency International…

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Multilingualism in Early Islamic Egypt: The View from Papyri

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

After Arab armies conquered Egypt in the mid-seventh century, the country's linguistic landscape changed only gradually. Greek, preeminent for centuries as a language of high culture and governance, faded as Arabic advanced to fill these niches. Coptic, which until then had functioned largely as a vernacular, became in its turn a language of culture and administration. This talk traces the three languages’ variable coexistence in a time of political and social change through the papyri and literary sources. Sponsored By:…

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Using Documents in the Study of Early Islam: A Brief Introduction

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

Come hear papyrologist Dr. Naïm Vanthieghem discuss the use of documents, particularly papyri, in the field of Islamic Studies. This informal talk is designed with graduate students in mind and will include ample time for discussion, Q & A, and even trying your hand at deciphering documentary sources. Dr Vantheighem brings experience working directly on papyrus fragments of the Quran, the earliest calendars used by Muslims, and notebooks compiled by students of the early hadith transmitters. Dr. Naïm Vanthieghem is…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Dr. Antigoni Zournatzi

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Mapping Ancient Cultural Encounters: Greeks in Iran ca. 550 BC – ca. AD 650: Aims, Prospects, and Case Studies Greco-Iranian cultural interactions within the territory of the modern state of Iran are attested since the Achaemenid period, although they considerably intensify during the Alexandrine and Seleucid eras. A thorough investigation of these cultural exchanges necessitates our reliance on extant archaeological data – a corpus that is highly fragmentary and uneven, and which has yet to be systematically assembled and assessed.…

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ON THE FRINGES OF SCIENTIFIC RESPECTABILITY: Archaeoastronomy from Pyramids and Petroglyphs to Henges and Horsa

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

All cultures seem to have creation myths (ours is called the Big Bang or Inflation) and to have looked to the stars for their own purposes. Modern astronomers strive to understand objects and processes that frequently have time scales much longer than individual lives. The train of thought that archaeologiss/anthropologists and astronomers might help each other out is called archaeoastronomy. The catch is that is is fairly easy to talk utter nonsense about both the long ago and the far…

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