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April 2021

The Lesbian Subjectivity in Contemporary Arabic Literature: Between Discipline and Punishment

Apr 16 @ 11:00 am

Mellon Minorities in the Middle East & North Africa Series A lecture by Dr. Iman Al-Ghafari, moderated by Robert J. Farley (UCLA) Friday, April 16, 2021 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)   Click Here to RSVP   Lesbian subjectivities have persistently been neglected, suppressed, misrepresented, or portrayed through the lenses of the inherited and recycled moral views in the mainstream Arab, Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. In such oppressive socio-political contexts, the independent lesbian subjectivity remains engulfed within the heterosexual morality of…

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Wrestling with Redemption: A. B. Yehoshua’s Retrospective Imagination

Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Wrestling with Redemption: A. B. Yehoshua’s Retrospective Imagination Thursday, April 22 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Pacific Time RSVP Here Yael Halevi-Wise will talk about her recent book, The Retrospective Imagination of A.B. Yehoshua(2020), which examines the work and ethos of one of Israel’s foremost contemporary authors. An internationally-recognized novelist, the New York Times has called Yehoshua the “Israeli Faulkner.” Co-sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature. About the Program Exploring…

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The Art of Leaving: A Conversation with Ayelet Tsabari

Apr 29 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm

Acclaimed Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari will discuss her memoir, “The Art of Leaving” and its themes of longing and belonging, growing up Mizrahi in Israel, and reclaiming her Yemeni identity. She will be joined by discussant Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, Emerita Professor of Literature at American Jewish University.   RSVP HERE   Presented by the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies in collaboration with the American Jewish University and the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored…

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May 2021

Lecture Series – UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Adrián P-Flores

May 4 @ 5:00 pm

“Traversing Suicide: The Unthought of Blackness in the Suicidological Imagination” Co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Program in Experimental Critical Theory   Additional details to follow.

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Annual Edward W. Said Lecture – Alexander Weheliye: “Schwarz-Sein: Black Life Beyond the Human”

May 14 @ 12:00 pm

Date and Time: Friday, May 14, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 PM PST Speaker: Alexander Weheliye, Northwestern University Moderator: Shu-mei Shih, Inaugural edward w. said professor of comparative literature, UCLA Opening Remarks: David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA   REGISTER HERE QUESTIONS? EMAIL UCLACOMPLIT@HUMNET.UCLA.EDU   Co-sponsored by the Edward W. Said Professorship in Comparative Literature and “Comparative Thinking in the Age of Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series Committee of the Department of Comparative Literature.   About the Lecture This webinar will focus…

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November 2021

Lecture Series – Dr. Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University

Nov 4

Co-sponsored with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Additional details to follow.

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