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Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World at the Getty Villa

Published: April 7, 2022

The Pourdavoud Center is proud to be the academic partner for Ancient Iran and the Classical World, the newly opened exhibit at the Getty Villa location of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Ancient Iran, historically known as Persia, was the dominant nation of western Asia for over a millennium (about 550 BC–AD 650), with three…

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Dr. Beyza Lorenz Wins EPIC-Lang Grant for Online Language Teaching Module

Published: March 29, 2022

Dr. Beyza Lorenz, Continuing Lecturer in Turkish at the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department won an EPIC-Lang grant to develop a self-paced, online module to help language instructors get acquainted with online language teaching. The project titled “Establishing Online Presence” is an online tutorial to introduce language instructors to establishing presence in the online…

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The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is working with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students to get a PhD in Egyptology

Published: March 8, 2022

Courtesy of the course flyer By Anushka Chakrabarti To increase inclusivity within the field of Egyptology, the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is collaborating with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students. “Summer Research Internship and Pathway to PhD’s in Ancient Egyptian, North African, and Western Asian Studies” is…

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In Memoriam: Nancy Ezer

Published: February 28, 2022

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is deeply saddened to learn of the passing our beloved Hebrew lecturer, Nancy Ezer. Nancy Ezer will be remembered as a devoted and passionate teacher, always encouraging and inspiring students once they stepped into her classroom, and adapting to new and digital platforms. Chair of the Department…

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New Summer Program aims to Challenge Academic Colonialism in Egyptology

Published: December 17, 2021

The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in collaboration with Professor Mario Beatty of Howard University is thrilled to announce a new Egyptology summer program. Called “Pathways to a PhD in Ancient Egyptian Studies,” it aims to challenge academic colonialism by bringing young scholars from HBCUs to UCLA to combine traditional Egyptological research with…

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Additional Support for the Pourdavoud Center’s Research Initiatives

Published: December 9, 2021

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World would like to express its deep appreciation to Ms. Nastaran Akhavan for her financial support of the UCLA Archaeological Gazetteer of Iran, an open access online encyclopedia of Iranian archaeological sites of all pre-Islamic periods spearheaded by the Pourdavoud Center, as well as its principal…

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A New Pledge of Support for the UCLA Archaeological Gazetteer of Iran

Published: November 3, 2021

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World would like to express its deep gratitude to Dr. Haleh Emrani and the Gramian-Emrani Foundation for their financial support of the UCLA Archaeological Gazetteer of Iran project. Dr. Emrani has graciously made a pledge of $100,000 in support of the Gazetteer over the next five…

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Announcing A New Series: Iran and the Ancient World

Published: October 28, 2021

Iran and the Ancient World Under the directorship of Professor M. Rahim Shayegan, the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at UCLA has established a series, Iran and the Ancient World (IAW), as a leading publication venue for innovative research on pre-Islamic Iranian history, literature, and religion. In coordination with UC Press,…

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Faculty Position in Anatolian Open

Published: October 19, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Program in Indo-European Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, have been authorized to make an appointment to a full-time position in Ancient Anatolian languages and cultures, at open rank (Assistant [tenure-track], Associate/Full Professor [with tenure]), effective July 1, 2022. We invite applications from…

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