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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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Iran: the Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure

Apr 3 2019 - 18:30
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn the US from the July 2015 multi-lateral nuclear agreement and has imposed the harshest sanctions ever, the Republic is in the grip of serious ...
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Electoral Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mar 14 2019 - 18:30
In this talk, Mehrzad Boroujerdi will first discuss the electoral system of the Islamic Republic of Iran in terms of its laws, electoral management bodies, and shortcomings and will then analyze the voting behavior of the citizenry over the last forty years. Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism (1996), and Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2018), and editor of Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam ...
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Moving Toward a New Equilibrium in Iran

Feb 28 2019 - 18:30
Established in 2016 in the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Stanford Iran 2040 Project serves as a hub for scholars—particularly in the Iranian diaspora—to conduct research on the future of Iran.  The team conducts research on a wide array of topics related to the future economic development of Iran, including governance, population, macroeconomic policy, oil and gas, water, agriculture, and the scientific output of Iran's researchers.  In this talk, Dr. Pooya Azadi, the project manager, presents an overview of the research outcomes as well as his personal ...

The Canticle of the Birds: Part II

Feb 7 2019 - 18:30
**Please note this is a two-part lecture** The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his kingdom including the renowned Master Behzâd. Still more paintings were added in 1609 in Esfahân, by command of ...

The Canticle of the Birds: Part I

Feb 5 2019 - 18:30
The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his kingdom including the renowned Master Behzâd. Still more paintings were added in 1609 in Esfahân, by command of Shâh `Abbâs, for presentation of the ...
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Mutual Radicalization: How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

Jan 31 2019 - 18:30
Radicalization has become a serious global problem. This talk explores mutual radicalization, where groups and nations push each other to extremes. Drawing from well-established psychological principles, a model of mutual radicalization is presented and international and national case studies are used as illustrative examples. Fathali M. Moghaddam is Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science and Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal 'Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology'. His most recent book is Mutual ...

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