Lecture Series

Pasargadae, View of the Tomb of Cyrus the Great (559-530 BCE). Ancient Iran from the Air (2012)

The Pourdavoud Lecture Series allows leading scholars to present their work at the Pourdavoud Center to a wider audience. Typically, more than a dozen lectures will be organized per year. All lectures are podcast and available on the Center’s website.

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Upcoming Events

  • 9 Jan

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Matthew Canepa

    Wed, January 09, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for the continuation of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series.  This first talk of Winter Quarter 2019 will feature the research of Dr. Mark Canepa, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Canepa is also a 2018-2019 Getty Scholar. More information about this talk...

  • 6 Feb

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Robert Rollinger

    Wed, February 06, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

      Contextualizing the Achaemenid-Persian Empire: What Does Empire Mean in the 1st Millennium BCE? Looking at historical handbooks of the Ancient Near East, there appears to be a general agreement on structuring the outline of political history of the first millennium BCE. The epoch is conceptualized as a succession of three clearly defined empires. The first, the Neo-Assyrian empire, is...

  • 27 Feb

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Margaret Root

    Wed, February 27, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World announces the lecture of Dr. Margaret Root as part of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series.  Dr. Root is Professor and Curator Emerita of Near Eastern and Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a 2018-2019 Getty Scholar. Kingship for a New World: Achaemenid Art and its...

  • 13 Mar

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Stefan Hauser

    Wed, March 13, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Dr. Stefan Hauser will present his research as part of the Pourdavoud Center 2018-2019 Lecture Series. Dr. Hauser is Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean Culture at the Universität Konstanz, Germany. He is also a Getty Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year. More information about this talk is forthcoming. Self-pay parking in Lots 5, 4, or 2 recommended. To RSVP,...

  • 3 Apr

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Mehrnoush Soroush

    Wed, April 03, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Dr. Mehrnoush Soroush of Harvard University as part of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series. More information about this talk is forthcoming. Self-pay parking in Lots 5, 4, or 2 recommended. To RSVP, please fill out the form below.

  • 17 Apr

    Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Jason Schlude

    Wed, April 17, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    306 Royce Hall
    10945 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

      Motivations in the Ancient Middle East: Rome, Parthia, and Realpolitik The Roman and Parthian Empires enjoyed no shortage of wars. From the 50s BCE through the 200s CE, they frequently clashed. Why? The dominant explanation is realpolitik. In the zero-sum game of international relations, each state, out for its own interests, sought the aggressive expansion of its empire and...