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Hadi and His Alam

Oct 25 2018 - 18:30
Hadi Khorsandi is a UK-based, exiled Iranian satirist and poet. He published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the US. His new book The Fake Diaries of Alam is a spoof on The Diaries of Alam, one of the best-selling Iranian books in recent years by the powerful court minister Asadollah Alam about his relationship with the Shah. Khorsandi will read excerpts from the book with anecdotes and jokes. Mr. Khorsandi will have copies of his book available for purchase and will sign copies after the event. Event ...

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 ...
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Book Talk: With Open Eyes

Oct 11 2018 - 18:30
Zakaria Hashemi is an acclaimed director, novelist, documentary filmmaker for television, and the lead actor in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Brick and Mirror.” He discusses his book With Open Eyes (2004), a memoir-like novel describing his experiences as a filmmaker intimately involved in the Iran-Iraq war. Hashemi was discovered by Farough Farrokzad and introduced to Mr. Golestan; their collaboration has continued for the last half century.  Event is in Farsi.  To find out more about Iranian Studies events please join our mailing list. Add to Google calendar

The Rhetoric of Intertexuality and Doubtful Authority

May 31 2018 - 18:30
Diana Darab is the director of policy at Health Research for Action at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote Moments and Memories,  a collection of bilingual poetry in English and Farsi. With an eye on Jacques Derrida's philosophy of language, this lecture traces relations of contrasts and the possibilities of semantic and syntactic combinations in three texts: William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury," Houshang Golshiri's "Shazdeh Ehtejab," and Alain Robbe-Grillet's "Topology of a Phantom City." Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts.  Add to Google calendar

Iranian Literature in French: Three Decades of History

May 22 2018 - 18:30
Sorour Kasmai is a novelist, translator, and publisher. She writes in Persian and French. Her books include: The Glass Cemetery, Horizons Persans, The Valley of the Eagles: An Autobiography of an Escape, and her most recent book A Day Before the End of the World. She discusses her experience with writing and translating in Persian and French, and the history of Iranian writers publishing in French since the 1990s.  Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts.   

The Cinema of Ebrahim Golestan

May 10 2018 - 18:30
Farid Esmaeelpour is a filmmaker, film critic and Ph.D student at Paris-1-Pantheon-Sorbonne University in France. His book The Genesis of the Iranian Aueteur Cinema: Ebrahim Golestan focuses on the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker's career, role in the history of Iranian cinema, and his influence on many other well-known Iranian filmmakers. 
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Concert: Tanbours, Epics, and Mysticism

May 5 2018 - 18:30
Concert by master Iranian musician Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by his two sons Kourosh and Arash Moradi. Ali Akbar plays the tanbour (Persian lute), considered the oldest string instrument of Iran. The performance is in two parts: the first part is based on Majlessi maqams, accompanying the Persian poetry of Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi and the Kurdish poet Hayran-Ali Shah. The second part is based on the Majazi maqams, using a variation of techniques and multiple arrangements. The concert itself contains a wide range of musical and technical variations, representing the rich musical and cultural ...

Lecture: The History and Culture of the Tanbour (Persian lute)

May 4 2018 - 18:30
Ali Akbar Moradi is an acclaimed Iranian musician. He is a master tanbour (Persian lute) player and expert in the history and form of the instrument. He began playing the tanbour at the age of seven and learned not only the music but the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He has won awards, recorded several albums, and performed in Europe, the United States, and Canada with singers like Shahram Nazeri and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In addition to teaching the tanbour in Tehran and his hometown of Kermanshah, Ali Akbar is a dedicated scholar of the tanbour and continues to develop the legacy ...

Thinking the Unthinkable: Foucault and the Islamic Revolution

May 3 2018 - 18:30
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is a professor of history and sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. He examines the French philosopher Michel Foucault's writings on the Iranian Revolution in responses to questions such as: Was Foucault wrong about the Islamic Revolution in Iran or did he find an instance of his philosophy of history? 

Bahram Beyzaie Discusses "Crossroads" Play

Apr 23 2018 - 18:30
Professor Bahram Beyzaie gives a talk on his recent play "Crossroads." As with past productions, Professor Beyzaie will discuss the creation of the play and will be joined by the "Crossroads" cast to engage with audience questions after his talk. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. 

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