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January 2022

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

January 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and the UCLA Program in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ahmad Ashraf

January 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

چگونگی آگاهی ایرانیان از سلسله های ماد و هخامنشی How Has Iranians’ Awareness of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Parthians Been Shaped? Until the threshold of the Constitutional Revolution, Iranian historians were unaware of the Medes, Achaemenids, and even Parthian dynasties. There is, for example, no mention of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Seleucid kings in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, a book that is often regarded to be the first written traditional history of pre-Islamic Iran. Even the Parthian dynasty, who ruled in Iran for…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: James Howard-Johnston

January 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Official Sources and the Reconstruction of History: The Case of the Last Great War of Antiquity The last and longest war of classical antiquity was fought in the early 7th century, opening in 603 when Persian armies launched coordinated attacks across the Roman frontier. For twenty-five years, the conflict raged on an unprecedented scale, and its end brought the classical phase of history to a close. Despite all this, it has left a conspicuous gap in the history of warfare.…

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December 2021

Latest Developments in Afghanistan and Implications for Iran A Panel Discussion

December 12, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Ahmad Nader Nadery Former Chair of Independent Civil Service Commission in Kabul, and Member of the Peace Negotiation Team for Afghanistan The Taliban’s Return to Power and Its Implications for Afghanistan and Iran   Homeira Qaderi Afghan Writer and Women’s Rights Activist, and Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University How Women in Afghanistan have Strived for Their Rights Farah Karimi Head of the Dutch Parliamentary Delegation to the OSCE PA and Former UN Consultant for Capacity Building of the Afghan Parliament An…

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November 2021

Women, Public Spaces, and Social Participation in Iran

November 7, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

زنان و مشارکت اجتماعی در فضاهای عمومی   Zoom Registration: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HiJGAxyRQsSb-YhjTbofvg Since the beginning of the Islamic revolution, Iranian women have been the focus of the Islamization of public spaces. However, this form of Islamization did not occur as expected by clerics who used many methods to frame and limit women in private and public spaces. Iranian women who experienced some social and individual freedoms during the Shah's time, after the revolution, used different social and individual strategies to maintain…

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October 2021

Panel 2: Economic Challenges – The Politics of Water and Gender

October 31, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Recent Developments and Changes in Iran Series Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Panel in Persian Registration Required Reza Ghorashi (Stockton University) Economic Challenges of Ebrahim Raisi Era Amir AghaKouchak (University of California, Irvine)  Status and Prospects of Water and Environmental Management in Iran Roja Fazaeli (Trinity College Dublin) The Gender Dimensions of the Latest Changes in the Government Please click here to register and receive the Zoom information.

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Panel 1: Health & Public Health Policy Political & Social Changes

October 24, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Recent Developments and Changes in Iran Series   Registration Required Sahar Motallebi (Lund University) The Public Health Structure and the Management of the Corona Crisis in Iran Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Virginia Tech) Assessing Iran's New President, Cabinet, and Parliament Mohammad Ali Kadivar (Boston College) Contentious Politics in Iran: Recent Developments and Patterns Please click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

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Pourdavoud Center Fall Welcome Event

October 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please join us for a digital fall reception to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. In the company of Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace and Mr. Jim Lovelace, the Center’s benefactors, David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, M. Rahim Shayegan, the Center’s director, our staff, academic affiliates, colleagues, students, and esteemed guests, we shall be introducing the Center’s stimulating programming and research agenda for the academic year 2021–22. Zoom registration is required.  Please click…

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July 2021

22nd St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies

July 16, 2021 - July 17, 2021

UCLA is proud to announce the 22nd St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies.   Please visit http://www.stshenouda.org/22conferencereg2021 to view all conference information.   Click here to RSVP at Coptic Studies Conference website 

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June 2021

The Burials of the 25th Dynasty and Napatan Kings

June 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Royal tombs at Kurru and Nuri belonging to the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty and their Napatan successors exhibit remarkable similarities to the royal tombs Tanis and other Egyptian burial practices. This presentation will explore this convergence and what were the motivations behind them. Peter Lacovara (B.A. 1976, Boston University; Ph.D. 1993 The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) is Director of The Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund. He was Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and…

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