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Jewish and Christian Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

Start: Dec 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM

The Biblical town of Zoar, referred to as Zoora in a 6th century CE map, is located by modern Ghor es-Safi, at the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Regular and illegal archeological excavations that took place in the 1980s and 1990s in the site brought to light an impressive number of Greek and Aramaic epitaphs inscribed on stone, dating to the 4th–6th centuries CE. Gravestones inscribed in Greek belong to Christian burials, while the fewer stones inscribed in Aramaic were attributed to Jewish burials. This is a major discovery, not only as these texts are of exceptional quality and unusual character, but also for their sheer number: the corpus of newly-discovered epitaphs from Zoara/Zoora comprises 386 Greek and ca. 50 Aramaic inscriptions. Such figures are unparalleled in most of the cities or towns in the Roman Near East.

Science and Literature Seminars: Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and the Biographical Laboratory

Start: Dec 2, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 2, 2014 7:30:00 PM

This talk will explore Francis Galton's use of biography; it will account for his use of biographical dictionaries as the basis for his early work in eugenics, including his own attempts to institute a so-called 'Golden Book of Thriving Families' as foundational work for early British sociology.

CenTraS Seminars: Film musicals in translation: textual choices for the song episodes

Start: Dec 3, 2014 4:00:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2014 5:00:00 PM

The Many Lives of Inspector Montalbano

Start: Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2014 8:00:00 PM

No Italian detective figure has been so popular, both at home and beyond the national borders, as Inspector Montalbano, the widely-acclaimed literary creation of Sicilian crime writer Andrea Camilleri. Camilleri has sold millions of copies of his Montalbano novels in Italy and abroad; they have been translated in more than 30 languages, and the rights of the TV adaptations have been acquired by networks all around the world. This talk, while contextualizing the Sicilian author’s controversial success, aims to explore the reasons behind the ‘Montalbano phenomenon’, to examine its intriguing incarnations but, especially, to discuss the (problematic) cultural ramifications of its reception/perception in Italy and abroad.

'My UCL Masters: what next?'

Start: Dec 4, 2014 1:00:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2014 2:00:00 PM

An introduction to different options available after completing a Masters degree at UCL using data from previous UCL graduates and an employer’s perspective.  We will also consider the importance of self exploration in career planning. We will look at potential routes including further academia, we will examine strategic approaches to job-hunting and address the importance of knowing how to market a postgraduate degree in the recruitment process. 

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)

Start: Dec 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Portuguese Discoveries 1502
UCL and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).

Portraying Perpetrators screening: 'Aftermath' (2012)

Start: Dec 10, 2014 7:00:00 PM

This contemporary drama was inspired by the 1941 progrom in the Jewish community of Jedwabne and the book Neighbors by Jan T. Gross. It tells the story of two brothers intent on finding out what happened in their village during the war and how their own family became entangled in the murder of their Jewish neighbours. In Poland, the film was very controversial and reignited the controversy about the role Poles played in the Holocaust.

Royal Jews: Jewish Life in Berkshire from the Readmission Till Today

Start: Dec 11, 2014 6:30:00 PM

Royal Jews
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Anidjar Romain MBE is a writer and broadcaster and minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, England. He has a PhD in the history of British Jewry. He writes for 'The Times', 'The Independent', 'The Guardian', 'The Jewish Chronicle' and appears on radio and television. He chaired the Movement for Reform Judaism's Assembly of Rabbis and for several years was one of the judges for both The Times Preacher of the Year competition and the BBC's Frank Gillard Awards for religious programmes. He also chairs the Accord Coalition, which he helped found as an alliance of religious and non-religious groups committed to campaigning against religious discrimination in state-funded faith schools. In November 2012 he established Inter-faith leaders for Dignity in Dying, an inter-faith group of clergy.

Discuss: A work-in-progress seminar for Arts and Humanities students

Start: Dec 17, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry
The Graduate Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry is the official society for researchers in UCL’s SELCS and CMII departments. This fortnightly seminar is open to any postgraduate student in SELCS and/or CMII interested in subjects across the Arts and Humanities. It offers a forum to discuss work in progress, and each week a different student presents their work to the group.
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