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History Lecture Series

Ancient Iran: Heaven, Hell, and the Good Life

Wed. Feb. 12, 2020      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Joel Walker, Associate Professor, History, UW

Ancient Iran possessed a deep and complex culture that possibly influenced Jewish, Christian and Muslim views of the afterlife and the cosmos. Explore Zoroastrianism — the “Good Religion” in ancient Iran — from its founder’s homeland in prehistoric Central Asia to communities in contemporary India and beyond.

Admission: $12–$15; students free with valid ID.


Portrait: Joel WalkerJoel Walker is the Lawrence J. Roseman Associate Professor of History with adjunct appointments in classics, comparative religion, and Near Eastern languages and civilization. A historian of late antiquity, Walker has published extensively on the Christian communities of Mesopotamia and Iran. Current research includes a history of pearls in the arts, economy, and imagination of the late antique world; he is also the co-director of the University of Washington’s Horn of Africa Project. Full bio.


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