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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 ...

Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets

Nov 21 2019 - 18:30
Najmieh Batmanglij, hailed as “The Grande Dame of Iranian Cooking” by The Washington Post, has spent the past 40 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. Her celebrated cook books include Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies, Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, and her most recent book Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets. Najmieh is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian and Silk Road cooking, and consults with restaurants ...

Hafiz and the Cultural Superiority of Post-Mongol Shiraz

Nov 12 2019 - 18:30
Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College, Oxford. From 2011-2013 he was Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Professor Brookshaw currently serves on the Editorial Board of Middle Eastern Literatures and, for a decade (2004-2014), he served as Assistant Editor for Iranian Studies. He is a former member of both the Board of the International Society for Iranian Studies, and the Governing Council of the British Institute of ...

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Nov 5 2019 - 18:30
Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of CCNY’s Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts. She is the recipient of many awards—including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the Lady Davis Foundation—and is the author of three books: Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (W. W. Norton 2019); Oedipus in Kishinev (Bialik Institute, 2014) and The Universal Jew (Northwestern UP, 2011). Her articles, translations, and blogs have appeared in many ...
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In Presence of the Secret of Motherland (Iran, “Iranianity” in Persian literature)

Oct 15 2019 - 18:30
Reza Farokhfal is a published writer in his home country of Iran. His fictional works as well as his works in literary theory and cultural studies have appeared in various literary periodicals and anthologies. His latest book, Of Neda’s Gaze, a collection of essays on Iranian literature and culture was released this year. He has taught Persian Language at McGill University (Canada), University of Wisconsin in Madison, and at Colorado University in Boulder. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Persian: Here and Now, a course book in two volumes for Farsi (Persian) language which has ...

All the Saffron We Carried with Us: Exploring, Honoring, and Adapting the Flavors of Iran

Oct 10 2019 - 18:30
Naz Deravian is a James Beard Award nominated author of Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories (Flatiron Books). She is the recipient of The IACP Julia Child First Book Award, presented by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. She has been published in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Saveur, O Magazine, and Montecristo Magazine. She has also been profiled in The New York Times and Bon Appetit magazine, among others. Ms. Deravian was born in Iran, she grew up in Canada and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Part of the Stanford ...
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A Modern Contagion: Cholera's Impact on Iranian History

Apr 11 2019 - 18:30
Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran's globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the Tobacco Protest and the Constitutional Revolution. His presentation challenges the long held historical assumptions on the universal role of safe water ...

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