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April 2022

Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – Empire and Borderlands at Interplay: A Structural Approach (First Millennium BCE – First Millennium CE)

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck) The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert, from…

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Priestess, Queen, Goddess: The Divine Feminine in Nile Valley Societies

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

The prominence of powerful goddesses, the reverence awarded to the queen mothers of Kush, and a series of sole-ruling queens (one of whom led her army in battle against the invading Romans), highlight the unusually high status of women in these ancient African societies along the Nile and serve as a fitting focus for the study of female power in the ancient world. This lecture will examine more closely the queens, priestesses, and goddesses who were exceptionally prominent in ancient…

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – Space and Universality: The Long Life of the Achaemenid Mental Map in Antiquity and Beyond (Sixth Century BCE – Sixth Century CE)

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck) The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert, from…

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From the Jewish Antiquities to the Zena Ayhud: Alexander the Great in the Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic Versions of Sefer Yosippon

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

One of the numerous medieval accounts about Alexander the Great appears in Sefer Yosippon, a Hebrew adaptation of the works of Josephus produced in Italy in the tenth century. The anonymous author of the text slightly amends Josephus’s account of Alexander’s visit to Jerusalem, which appears in Book 11 of the Jewish Antiquities. The subsequent popularity of Sefer Yosippon among medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims results in further adaptations of the Josephan account of Alexander. In multiple stages of recensions…

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – Whither the Achaemenid Empire? Towards a New Connected History of Afro-Eurasia in Antiquity

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck) The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert, from…

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Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series – An Afro-Eurasian “Hyperpower” and Its Ancient Near Eastern Roots (First Millennium BCE)

April 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The 2022 Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series Featuring Professor Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck)   The Achaemenid Persian World Empire The series of lectures offers a novel and fresh perspective on one of the largest and most successful empires in world history, namely, the Achaemenid Persian World Empire (sixth to fourth century BCE), the central power of a (proto-)globalized world, and the driving force behind many cultural developments, whose manifold repercussions we may observe from Gibraltar to the Taklamakan Desert,…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Latest Developments in Afghanistan and Implications for Iran

April 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Latest Developments in Afghanistan and Implications for Iran: A Panel Discussion   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…

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Iranian Studies: Āvānegār Film Screening and Panel Discussion

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Āvānegār, a collaborative documentary narrated by Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi (Director of Indo-Persian Music at UCLA) explores the history of transcription of Iranian music, based on decades of research in various archives in Iran, Europe, and the United States. Rare historical documents and sources are presented in the film, and several historical notations of Iranian music are performed. Exclusively for the film, Dr. Reza Vali (Professor of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University) arranged a five-movement piece that is performed by an…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Shaul Bakhash

April 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Book Talk with Shaul Bakhash: The Fall of Reza Shah Monday, April 4, 2022 at 3:00pm Pacific Time via Zoom Lecture in English Registration Required https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tvfAF2NiT8qu6vUxlBoFzA

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March 2022

The World of Ancient Iran and the West

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

An International Symposium Convened by M. Rahim Shayegan (University of California, Los Angeles) and  Jeffrey Spier (J. Paul Getty Museum) May 19–20, 2022 | 314 Royce Hall Morning Refreshments: 8:00 am Panels Begin: 9:00 am The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and the Getty are convening for a third year an international symposium on the exchanges between ancient Iran and the Classical world. This year’s symposium, held at UCLA over two days (May 19 and 20,…

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