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Celebrating Ethnicity: Finding Common Ground

A one-day conference devoted to an exploration of Arab, Armenian, Iranian, Israeli, and Turkish public festivals in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sequoia Room
UCLA Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

A conference held in honor of Jonathan Friedlander, organizer, who is retiring after thirty years of service to the Center for Near Eastern Studies


Introduction and Panel One
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chair: Susan Slyomovics, UCLA

Amy Malek, UCLA

                   Negotiating Iranian-American Identity in Diaspora: The Mehregan Festival of Autumn

Joanne Nucho, UCI

                   Performing Memory: Analysis of an Armenian Commemoration Event

Jaynie Aydin, YASAR University, Turkey

                   Belly Dance Celebrations in Two Different Contexts: Los Angeles Cairo Carnival and First Day of Spring in Izmir, Turkey

Panel Two
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Chair: Megan Rancier, UCLA

Münir Nurettin Beken, UCLA Ethnomusicology

                  Music, Culture, and History in Gates to New Turkiye [sic]: 2009 Los Angeles Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival

Jonathan Friedlander, UCLA CNES

                  Israel Festival - Jewish Festival?


Reception at 4:00pm in the Downstairs Lounge

Cost : Free and open to the public

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA International Institute

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