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October 2019

Comparative Literature in a Relational World: A Lecture by UCLA Professor Shu-mei Shih

Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm 6:30 pm

In honor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and our Fall Welcome, please join the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature for a lecture and reception on October 15, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in Royce Hall 306 (the Herbert Morris Humanities Seminar Room. Professor Shu-mei Shih (Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Asian Languages and Culture, and the Department of Asian American Studies) will be delivering a lecture on “Comparative Literature in a Relational World.” The lecture will be from…

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September 2019

7th Annual Humanities Division Welcome

Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
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2019 Department of Comparative Literature Welcome Week Open House

Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature for its annual Welcome Week Open House! Students from all majors are welcome to come learn about UCLA’s exciting Comparative Literature undergraduate program! The Department offers: GE/Writing II courses Major and minor programs Unique research opportunities Meet new and continuing COM LIT students, faculty and department staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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June 2019

Departmental Commencement Reception

Jun 15 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm
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50th Anniversary Celebration!

Jun 1 Jun 2

As part of UCLA’s Centennial Celebration, the Department of Comparative Literature is celebrating its 50th birthday on June 1 & 2, 2019.  We will have two events. The first is a reception on June 1st from 4-6pm at Ross Shideler and Kathy Komar’s home. The second will be a series of panels in Royce Hall with some of the Department’s former chairs scheduled for the morning and an afternoon panel with a few of our former Ph.Ds.  SCHEDULE *** Saturday, June…

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April 2019

Paul Bové: “Language, Criticism, and the Intellectual Virtues”

Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Paul A. Bové (Distinguished Professor, University of Pittsburgh) is the Editor of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture, published by Duke University Press. The journal has published recent special issues on major topics in the academy, including Antinomies of the Post-Secular, Second Hand Europe, as well as a Dossier: Orientalism and the Invention of World Literatures. Forthcoming special issues include studies of Stuart Hall as an exemplary intellectual, “Marxism, Communism, and Translation,” and “New Perspectives on Gender,…

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The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies: Hannah Arendt’s Message of Ill-Tidings

Apr 4 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

‘It was not only their own misfortunes that the refugees carried with them from land to land, from continent to continent,’ Hannah Arendt wrote, ‘but the great misfortune of the whole world.’ Shortly before her death, Arendt said that the real story of her generation of Jewish refugees from Nazism had yet to be fully understood. This lecture will return to Arendt’s refugee years to show how her influential theories about rights, the human condition, and political life were forged…

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February 2019

1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies: The Matter of the Neighbor: Budd Schulberg, James Baldwin, and the Watts Writers Workshop

Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

  This talk explores the Watts Writers Workshop, founded in the heart of Watts by Jewish American writer Budd Schulberg immediately after the Watts Rebellion of 1965, and argues that the success and final demise of the project tracks Schulberg’s shift from prose to property. Drawing on Schulberg’s archives, including lease contracts, letters, and personal notes, I argue that Schulberg’s personal and financial investment in Watts re-located his political standing as the “neighbor” to the Watts writers with whom he…

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January 2019

The Human Chameleon: Hybrid Jews in Cinema

Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

The lecture will explore representations of “chameleon” or hybrid Jewish figures in cinema: Jewish characters that change their appearance, transform their identity, infiltrate other cultures and express their Jewishness by becoming “other-than-Jewish.”  The hybrid Jew will be discussed from the theoretical perspective of postcolonial studies, feminism and queer studies, post-structural French philosophy and traditional Jewish sources. The films that will be discussed are mixtures of Jewish characters and themes with genres that usually do not include Jews (for example the…

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Comparative Literature-Edinburgh: Summer Travel Study Information Session

Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Come learn about the Comparative Literature-Edinburgh program, new for 2019. Each August, Edinburgh is home to the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), founded in 1947 and now the biggest arts celebration in the world. Along with EIF, which showcases classical music, major theater, dance, and cinema in the city’s primary venues, The Fringe is a carnival of inclusion, diversity, and small-scale/amateur arts, offering over 50,000 performances in more than 300 venues across Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festivals (which include an additional 14 festivals…

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