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The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Mahnaz Afkhami

Aug 18 2020 - 10:00
Mahnaz Afkhami will discuss her experience with the Iranian women’s movement. Conversation will be in English. Mahnaz Afkhami is the founder, president, and CEO of Women’s Learning Partnership and former Minister for Women’s Affairs in Iran. Afkhami has been a leading advocate of women's rights for more than four decades, having founded and served as director and president of several international non-governmental organizations that focus on advancing women's status. Afkhami also serves on advisory boards and steering committees of a number of national and international organizations ...
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The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Mansoureh Shojaee

Jul 7 2020 - 10:00
Mansoureh Shojaee has been one of the leaders of the Iranian women’s rights movement for over 20 years and involved in politics for more than 30 years. She was a librarian at the National Library in Tehran for 22 years and worked as a journalist, freelance writer and literary translator for French. She will discuss the women’s rights movement in Iran with Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with viewers. The event will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. From 1994 to 2004, she worked with blind ...

The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Mehrangiz Kar

Jul 2 2020 - 10:00
Professor Mehrangiz Kar, a human rights lawyer from Iran, is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and activist who advocates for the defense of women’s and human rights in Iran and throughout the Islamic world. A common theme in her work is the tension between Iranian law and the core principles of human rights and human dignity. She will discuss the women’s rights movement in Iran with Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with viewers. The event will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. In 2000 ...
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The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani

Jun 23 2020 - 10:00
Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, a member of a family long considered a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran, became a prisoner of conscience in that regime and is now a defender of equal rights for women—one of the many fascinating transformations in Iran in recent years. She discusses the evolution and future of the women’s rights movement in Iran. The conversation will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. An active Iranian women’s rights activist, Ms. Rafsanjani was the founder and publisher of Zan—the first publication after the 1979 revolution dedicated to the cause of women—and ...
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Iran in the International System

Jun 16 2020 - 10:00
Heinz Gärtner and Mitra Shahmoradi discuss their recent book Iran in the International System: Iran between Great Powers and Great Ideas (Routledge, January 2020). They are joined by Abbas Milani who will speak about his chapter in the book. Drawing on Iran’s history and its relations with great powers and its regional neighbors, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution. The conversation will be in English.   Iran has often been at the center of the political debate on both the Gulf region ...
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Saadi and Humanism

May 19 2020 - 18:00
Abbas Milani discusses his new book Saadi and Humanism (written with Maryam Mirzadeh, published by Zemestan Press in Iran). The book is in Persian/Farsi, the conversation will be in English. Abbas Milani is the Director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written numerous books including The Shah (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), Eminent Persians, Volume I & II (Syracuse University Press, 2008), Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity in Iran in English (Mage, 2004), and most recently in ...
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An Overview of the COVID-19 Situation: Lessons Learned from Iran

Apr 22 2020 - 18:00
Discussion will include a brief overview of the current situation of the coronavirus in Iran followed by a health policy analysis of:  When, how and why the virus entered Iran;  Whether it was preventable or manageable at early stages;  What was the initial reaction of policymakers in Iran;  A briefing about the controversy among stakeholders on when and how to respond;  How and why the initial policies changed over time and the extent to which they were politically motivated     Kamiar Alaei, MD, DrPH and Arash Alaei, MD are global health policy experts who have been ...
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From COVID19 to Cholera: Repeating Patterns in Iranian Pandemic History (Online)

Apr 16 2020 - 18:00
Why has the novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic been so widespread and deadly in Iran and what are the consequences of the outbreak? This lecture will attempt to answer these questions by presenting a timeline of the COVID19 outbreak in Iran and the historic and political determinants that shape Tehran’s public health policy against the pandemic. Amir A. Afkhami, MD, PhD, is an associate professor with joint appointments in psychiatry, global health, and history at the George Washington University. He is also the director of preclinical psychiatric education at the George Washington ...
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Rereading the Ten Nights

Mar 5 2020 - 18:30
*Event is in Persian/Farsi In October 1977, the German-Iranian Cultural Association in Tehran hosted ten nights of literature reading sessions, organized by the Iranian Writers Association. This series of literature readings, performed by 60 writers, is considered as an early manifestation of a public expression of political protest against the Pahlavi regime. Rereading the Ten Nights is a collection of interviews with some of the writers who attended the event, 36 years later. Mandana Zandian is a graduate of Shahid Beheshti Medical School in 1997. She works at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in ...
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Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic

Feb 20 2020 - 18:30
“An inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic. More than half of Iran's citizens were not alive at the time of the 1979 Revolution. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian regime faces the paradox of any successful revolution: how to transmit the commitments of its political project to the next generation. New media ventures supported by the Islamic Republic attempt to win the hearts and minds of younger Iranians. Yet members of this new generation—whether dissidents or fundamentalists—are increasingly ...