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Halting Exchange: The Travel Ban's Cultural Effects

Oct 18 2018 - 12:00
Inspired by the Kronos Quartet’s performance Music For Change: The Banned Countries, Stanford Live is partnering with the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies to bring together artists and Stanford foreign relations experts to discuss the impacts of the 2017 Executive Orders that limit travel from Muslim-majority countries to the US. How are these orders affecting the institutions that provide much needed cross-cultural exchange and understanding—from higher education to formal diplomacy—and how do we move forward? Professor Abbas Milani (Director, Iranian Studies) will ...

A Reflection on My Last Novel: Ask the Mirror

Mar 8 2018 - 18:30
Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher, and human rights activist.  Chahla's writings both in Persian and French include essays, research articles, short stories, and novels. She discusses her newest book, Ask the Mirror (2015), and reflects on literature and exile. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts Add to Google Calendar
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A Bridge Taken for a Wall, a Wall Taken for a Bridge: On Persian Art, Poetry, and Translation

Dec 7 2017 - 18:30
Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book on poetry in a global age. This talk on poetry, art, and East-West translation ranges from ancient Iran to medieval Byzantium and the Abbasid era to modern Iran and Ireland. The lecture is in three parts. The first looks at the Persian artistic influences via Byzantium on a modern Irish poet that have passed largely unrecognized (a bridge taken for a wall). The second looks at a Persian poet whose accessibility in English translation has perhaps been ...
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Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from Diaspora

May 4 2017 - 18:30
Nima Naghibi is Chair and Associate Professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto.  Her research is in the areas of postcolonial and diaspora studies, and life narratives with particular attention to questions of human rights and social justice.  She is the author of the books Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora (Minnesota Press, 2016) and Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran (Minnesota Press, 2007), and many essays and articles. The Stanford Bookstore will be at the event with copies of Dr. Naghibi's newest book for sale.

Iran and South Africa

Mar 9 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Houchang Chehabi is a Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. His lecture discusses the close relationship Iran and South Africa have had since the 1970s and the evolution of this relationship, touching on politics, economics, and religion. Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for African Studies.

The Republic of Imagination: Iranian Women's Bestselling Novels

Mar 2 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Kamran Talattof is professor of Persian of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. He has published widely on issues of gender, sexuality, ideology, culture, and language pedagogy. His lecture will provide textual and discursive analyses of Iranian women's bestselling novels of the last two decades, placing them in the context within which they were published and read to reveal what they say about society's desire for reform, democracy, and civility.

Literature of Migration

Feb 23 2017 - 18:30
Majid Roshangar, editor in chief of the Persian Book Review since 1965, had a long and distinguished career as a publisher, editor, and author in Iran. He also holds an MA in Government from the University of New South Wales, Australia and served in Iran’s Foreign Service in the 1960s and 1970s.

Iranian Intellectuals of the 1960's

May 26 2016 - 18:30
Massoud Behnoud is an Iranian journalist and writer and lifelong proponent of freedom of speech and press. He has founded newspapers and magazines and also authored 17 books on contemporary Iranian history, compilations of short essays and stories, and biographical historical novels. He has been a journalist for the BBC World services since 1992.

Tinker, Tailor, Father, Spy

May 3 2016 - 18:30
The son of an American father and Iranian mother, Cyrus M. Copeland’s new book, Off the Radar, is a memoir about his father accused of being a CIA agent by the Islamic Republic and his mother’s attempt to defend him in military court.

The Emergence of 'New Eloquence': Reflections of Houshang Golshiri's Prose

Apr 19 2016 - 18:30
Amir Ahmadi Arian is an Iranian writer and translator. He has published a collection of stories, Fragments of a Crime in 2005, and his novel, The Cogwheels, published in 2009, was shortlisted for Golshiri award. His translation work includes novels by Paul Auster, Cormac Mccarthy, E.L. Doctorow, and P.D James into Persian.