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October 2017

Fall Undergraduate Town Hall

Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
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April 2017

Public Lecture by Professor Eleanor Kaufman: “Ethics and Otherness: Derrida, Levinas, and the Gaze of the Other in the Jewish American Wild West”

Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

The AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR LEVINASSIAN STUDIES* presents its third 2016-2017 lecture on “The Return of Ethics” Ethics and Otherness: Derrida, Levinas, and the Gaze of the Other in the Jewish American Wild West  by Professor Eleanor Kaufman (Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies, UCLA) Presented in English Discussion moderated by Professor Lia Brozgal (UCLA) It is not surprising that in the memoirs and fictionalized accounts of early Jewish settlement in the rural American West, there is a marked concern with Christian…

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“Photography in the Middle East”: A Book Celebration in Honor of Ali Behdad

Apr 5 @ 6:00 am 8:00 pm

In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light—making the region one of the original sites for the practice of photography. This panel addresses how the Middle East played a crucial role in the development of photography both as a new technology and as a…

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March 2017

Michael Henry Heim 4th Annual Memorial Lecture

Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Efraín Kristal, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature requests the presence of your company to the 2017 Michael Henry Heim Annual Memorial Lecture in Translation and Translation Studies with a special lecture “Fourteen Words:Thoughts on Translating Very Short Poems” by Dr. Jonathan Bolton, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. In this talk, Professor Jonathan Bolton will lead listeners, step by step, through the translation of a short poem by Czech poet Ivan Wernisch (b. 1942). He will…

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November 2016

Public Lecture by Dr. Omnia El Shakry: “The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis & Islam in Modern Egypt”

November 10, 2016 @ 4:30 pm 6:00 pm

What might it mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a problem, but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? Traversing literatures minor and major, Omnia El Shakry shows how postwar thinkers in Egypt translated and blended psychoanalytic theories with classical Islamic concepts. El Shakry explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subjectivity in fields as diverse as psychology, Islamic philosophy, and the law. Rather than view Islamic…

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October 2016

A Film Screening of Recollection, and Q&A and discussion with Kamal Aljafari (Director) and Professor Gil Hochberg

October 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Kamal Aljafari’s filmography includes Recollection [2015, PS/DE, 70], Port of Memory [2009] and The Roof [2006].  He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009/2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center.  In 2010, he taught film at The New School in New York City, and from 2011 to 2013 he was a senior lecturer and head of the directing program for the…

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September 2016

UCLA World Languages Day

September 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Explore world language offered at UCLA, join language clubs, and learn about cultural activities on campus at the 2016 World Languages Day, hosted by the UCLA Language Alliance and the Division of Humanities. The event will feature informational tables, games, and activities to showcase the variety of languages/cultures taught at UCLA. 8 departments and 20 languages will be represented at this year’s event!

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Department of Comparative Literature Undergraduate Open House

September 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Interested in learning more about the Department of Comparative Literature, its course offerings, and its major and minor programs? Join Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David MacFadyen and the Department’s staff in Humanities Building 348 for light refreshments and information about the exciting programs the the Department has to offer its undergraduate students! All students, regardless of major, are invited to attend.

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UCLA Humanities Welcome 2016

September 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

The Humanities Welcome is an annual event held at the beginning of the academic year that invites faculty, staff and students to come together to showcase the Humanities at UCLA. The Welcome introduces the UCLA campus to the benefits of coursework and degrees in the Humanities. The program includes a word from the Dean of Humanities, current students and faculty members discussing their research, and a Humanities alumni panel. There is a reception to follow with representatives from on-campus Humanities clubs and opportunities to mingle…

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May 2016

Public Lecture: “Thomas Pynchon and Gender: A View From the Typescript of V.”

May 17, 2016 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

The UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature and English invite you to attend a public lecture by Visiting Professor and 2016 Van Dyck Chair Luc Herman (University of Antwerp). The typescript of V. at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin is an early version of Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, which would be published in 1963. When rewriting his novel in the Spring of 1962, Pynchon decided to cut an entire family sitcom episode, in which men of two generations try to…

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