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December 2018

UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Ali Kiafar

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Please join the UCLA Iranian Studies Outreach Program for their Bilingual Lecture Series.  Dr. Ali Kiafar will present his research in Dodd Hall 121 on December 9, 2018 at 4:00pm.  This lecture will be in Persian.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  Self-pay parking for $12 in Lot 2 is recommended.   مدرنیت ایرانی  و تحول در شهرها و معماری طی یک قرن تجربه Iranian Modernity and  the Transformation of Cities, City Planning, and Architecture A Century of…

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2018 Holiday Party

December 5 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Come join us for our Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Holiday Party! Come meet faculty and graduate students within the program. Refreshments will be provided!  

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November 2018

UCLA Bilingual Lecture Series with Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari

November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dr. Afshin Matin-Asgari will present his research in Dodd Hall 121 on November 25, 2018 at 4:00pm.

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Ehsan Yarshater: A Homage

November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join the Pourdavoud Center in celebrating the life and scholarly contributions of Professor Eshan Yarshater (1920-2018), the Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. Professor Yarshater’s prolific career has had a global impact. At UCLA, he is remembered with the endowed Yarshater Biennial Lecture Series, and at Columbia University, his memory is celebrated with the recently established Eshan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies. The commemoration will commence with introductions by M. Rahim Shayegan (University of California,…

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Medieval Armenia’s Artistic Beauty

November 18 @ 3:00 pm

Helen Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. She joined the Museum’s staff in 1991 and is responsible for the acquisition, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s collection of early Christian, early Jewish, and early-to-late East Christian and Byzantine art. Her exhibitions—including Byzantium and Islam (2012), Byzantium: Faith and Power (2004), and The Glory of Byzantium (1997)—have explored the importance of Byzantine art and its connections beyond its borders.…

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Concert of Early Modern Music of Eastern Europe and of the Armenian Communities of the Region

November 17 @ 8:00 pm

PROGRAM The first half includes sacred and secular music for chamber ensemble by composers from the Ukraine, Romania, and Poland, most of which is receiving its LA Premiere. The consort is directed by Morgan O’Shaughnessey (UCLA grad., Music Department) The second half features a series of Armenian sacred and secular music from the period performed by an Armenian Ensemble. The ensemble is directed by Areni Agbabian (experimental improvisatory vocalist). Refreshments Provided. All are Welcome.     RSVP Below:    

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Photographic Exhibition of Armenian Art and Architecture of Eastern Europe

November 16 @ 6:30 pm

The exhibition of thirty images illustrating the artistic achievement of the Armenian communities in the Crimea, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria over several centuries in sacred and secular architecture, painting, silverwork, stone and wood carving, and other media complements the analytical discourse of the conference panels in introducing viewers directly to the objects themselves and thereby evoking the space of the merchant and artisan centers in that region that served as the matrix for those exquisite expressions of Armenian creativity.…

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Hidden Treasures Unearthed: Armenian Arts and Culture of Eastern Europe

November 16 - November 18

The conference seeks to contribute to a longue durée approach to Near Eastern engagement with Europe with an emphasis on the early modern period (16th-18thcc.), which marked the heyday of Armenian communities as a crucial component of international trade hubs in eastern Europe, involving an interdisciplinary focus on the multifaceted role those communities played in hemispheric commerce marked by exchange in commodities, ideas, technological innovation, and sociocultural values. Exploring the evolution of those centers as settings for the symbiosis the…

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New Documentary Evidence for the Trade in Papers

November 13 @ 2:00 pm

Watermarked papers, which served as media for Islamic manuscripts (codices and documents), were imported from Europe at least since the 13th century. The study of trade in papers brings us, therefore, to Global history. This presentation will focus on recently published research on late production papers which were dispatched to the Yemeni and Ethiopian market at the end of 19th and the beginning of the 20th century through the networks of Bohra merchants, whose Companies were mainly based in Bombay…

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Israel and the Samaria Highlands: A Nomad Settlement Wave or Urban Expansion during the Early Iron Age?

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Iron I period witnessed a wave of settlements in the highlands of Israel, mostly in Samaria but also to some extent in the Upper Galilee and Judah. This wave is usually associated with the genesis of Ancient Israel and is interpreted in light of the collapse of Canaanite urban centers at the end of the 12th century BCE. This lecture reconsiders the reasons behind this wave of settlement throughout the Samaria Highlands during the Iron I (1200-1000 BCE) in light of new…

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