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November 2015

Michael Henry Heim 3rd Annual Memorial Lecture

November 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm
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Efraín Kristal, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature requests the presence of your company to the Michael Henry Heim Annual Memorial Lecture In Translation and Translation Studies with a special lecture, “Transnational vs. National Literature ” by novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugrešić. In her lecture, “Transnational vs. National Literature” Dubravka Ugrešić will address what it means to be a (woman) writer writing in a minor language, and coming from a minor literary zone. She will explore the concept and practices of…

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Bibliomigrancy on the Global Translation Field: Contemporary French Caribbean Literature Translated into Swedish

November 18, 2015 @ 4:30 pm 6:00 pm
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The Department of Comparative Literature invites you to a special lecture by Professor Yvonne Lindqvist of The Institute for Interpretation and Translation Studies (Tolk- och översättarinstitutet), Department of Swedish and Multilingualism, Stockholm University. More than 71% of all translated literature in Sweden today uses English as the source language. In her talk “Bibliomigrancy on the Global Translation Field: Contemporary French Caribbean Literature Translated into Swedish”, Professor Lindqvist will address whether commercial interests alone govern literary publishing in general (and translation in particular), or if it is possible to discern…

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February 2016

Public Lecture by Joseph Cohen: The ‘Unthinkable’ in Heidegger’s History of Being: Judaism and the Black Notebooks

February 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm
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Last year Professor Cohen hosted a major international conference at the National Library in Paris on Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, which appeared on its author’s instructions 50 years after his death.  Given its contents, this publication warrants a reconsideration of the role Judaism played in Heidegger’s philosophical views.  Professor Cohen is ideally suited to address the significance of Heidegger’s posthumous writings, and more broadly, to explore the philosophical implications of Heidegger’s views on Judaism. Joseph Cohen is an authority on…

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May 2016

Humanists@Work Career Workshop

May 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am 6:00 pm
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Humanists@Work is a UC-wide initiative geared towards UC Humanities and humanistic Social Science MAs and PhDs interested in careers outside/alongside the academy. Join us in at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for our Spring 2016 Graduate Career Workshop. More details, including links for graduate students, faculty, and staff to register, are available on the Humanists@Work Spring 2016 Conference webpage. Please note that the event is only open to humanities or humanistic social science PhDs

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

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

UCLA Humanities Welcome 2016

September 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm
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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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Department of Comparative Literature Undergraduate Open House

September 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm
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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 World Languages Day

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