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Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Mar 9 2016 - 18:00
Frontiers of Science Interdisciplinary Project Presents: “Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans” A lecture by Frans B.M de Waal Does morality come from God, as many religions believe, offering a foundation of theocracy, or could there be biological explanations that have more to do with evolution than Divine design? In this lecture, De Waal will discuss the sense of fairness in animals and will review expressions of empathy in animals.         Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of ...

Women in Iranian Fiction

Mar 1 2016 - 18:30
Parinoush Saniee is an Iranian born writer, trained as a psychologist but has garnered an international reputation as a writer of fiction that focuses on the plight of Iranian women. Her work is especially intriguing because she combines her experience as a psychologist with her talent as a writer of fiction. Her books include My Share, The Father of the Other One, and Those Who Left and Those Who Stayed.

Locating Iranian Historical Memory: the Transformation from Zoroastrianism to Islam

Jan 12 2016 - 18:30
Maryam Kamali is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. She focuses on the social history and historiography of the Middle East and Central Asia and currently teaches courses on the History of the Middle East and Women in the Islamic Middle East at Harvard.

Animation Trends in Iran after the Revolution

Nov 12 2015 - 18:30
Pouya Afshar is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts Character Animation department and is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Graduate Department of Film and Television focusing in Animation and Digital Media. He has exhibited his work as an animator and visual artist throughout Los Angeles and United States at renowned locations such as Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, Bovard Auditorium at University of Southern California, Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica Art studios, 18th street ...

Women In Contemporary Literature of Iran: Seeking Meaning and Awareness

Jun 29 2015 - 18:30
  Ms. Sepideh Mohammadian, an  accomplished Iranian, lawyer, writer and public intellectual. Her works of fiction and her monographs, mostly on issues dealing with women, offer a fascinating, innovative and daring new look at the question of women, their abuse and their defiance, in Iranian society.   She will be giving a talk for us on the subject of "Women In Contemporary Literature of Iran: Seeking Meaning and Awareness." Her experience along with her writings afford her a singular vista to discuss this crucial topic. Date: June 29, 2015 - 6:30pm Venue: Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 40

Story Reading: 'Ghosts of Objects' and 'Seasons of Purgatory'

Jun 11 2015 - 18:30
  Shahriar Mandanipour (Mondanipour), one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature, has held fellowships at Brown University, Harvard University, Boston College, and at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and he has been a visiting professorship at Brown University, where he taught courses in Persian literature and cinema. His honors include the Mehregan Award for the best Iranian children’s novel of 2004, the 1998 Golden Tablet Award for best fiction in Iran during the previous two decades, and Best Film Critique at the 1994 Press Festival in Tehran. Mandanipour is ...

Iran, 36 Years After the Revolution

May 28 2015 - 18:30
Nazila Fathi is a journalist, analyst, and media commentator on Iran. She reported out of Iran for nearly two decades until 2009. During this time, she authored over 2,000 articles for the New York Times. Sue also wrote for the Time Magazine, Agence France Press, and the Times and has been a guest speaker on CNN, BBC, CBC, and NPR. She received her Masters of Arts from University of Toronto in Political Science. In 2003, she was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship at Lund University and a Nieman Fellowship for journalism at Harvard in 2010-11. She is also the author of The Lonely War: One ...

Modernity, the Baha'i Faith and the Question of Modern Education in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran

Apr 9 2015 - 18:30
Soli Shahvar was born in Iran and received his MA in Middle Eastern and African History and his BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. He then went on to receive his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is a current Director at the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. He has published many works, including his book ‘The Forgotten Schools’: The Baha’is and Modern Education in Iran, 1899-1934. The wide range of Dr. Shahvar’s publications, research interests, and projects include foreign policy and ...

A Conversation With Bahiyyih Nakhjavani: Author of "The Woman Who Read Too Much"

Mar 30 2015 - 18:30
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, author of The Woman Who Read Too Much. "A gripping tale of a pioneering woman in nineteenth century Iran, told from the street level up, that is universally relevant to our times." Bahiyyih Nakhjavani grew up in Uganda, was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, and now lives in France where she teaches. She is the author of The Saddlebag and Paper as well as non-fiction works about fundamentalism and education. Her novels have been published in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, Russian, and Korean.

Isolation and Proliferation: Israel, America, and the South African Nuclear Weapons Program

Mar 10 2015 - 18:30
Sasha Polakow-Suransky is an Editor for International Opinion at the New York Times Op-Ed page, based at the International New York Times office in London. He is responsible for assigning pieces on foreign policy, national security and international affairs. Before moving to the New York Times in early 2011, he was a senior editor at Foreign Affairs from 2007 - 2011.Mr. Polakow-Suransky’s articles have appeared in The American Prospect, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Haaretz, The New Republic, and South Africa’s Weekly Mail & Guardian. His ...