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AIDA MORADI AHANI

Recent Trends in Iranian Fiction Writing

Mar 3 2015 - 18:30
Aida Moradi Ahani was born in Bandaranzali, Iran, in 1983. She now lives and works in Tehran. She graduated in electrical engineering from Azad University (Tehran, Iran- 2007). Since 2005 she has been active as an essayist, editor and writer. Her first collection of short stories, The Pin on Cat's Tail, was published in 2011 (Cheshmeh publishers, Tehran). Her début novel, Golfing on the Gunpowder was published in 2013 (Negah, Tehran). She has collaborated with another artist to turn one of her short stories into a film script. Another of her stories has been selected and translated into ...
AMIR HASSAN CHEHELTAN

Revolution Street

Nov 11 2014 - 18:30
Amir Hassan Cheheltan was born in Tehran in 1956. He has published nine novels, six volumes of short stories, and a screenplay. In each he has tried to navigate the treacherous waters of censorship. In his writing, the issues of everyday life and survival in Iran are central themes. These lives unfold against the background of the country's unsettled history and the interaction of religion, state and modernization. Cheheltan's most recent novel Revolution Street, is his first major publication in German. The protagonist is an ambivalent plastic surgeon, specializing in hymen repair. The ...
Mohsen Kadivar

The Complexity of Leadership of Islamic Republic of Iran

Oct 30 2014 - 18:30
Mohsen Kadivar is an Iranian dissident in exile, public intellectual, Muslim theologian, Nanner O. Koehane Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, visiting Research Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, and a global ethics fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. His main intellectual interests and topics of publications include: Iranian Studies focused on post-revolutionary Iran, classical and modern Shi’a theology, legal theories and political thought, classical Islamic/Iranian philosophy, human rights and ...
Arash Khazeni

Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade and Eurasian Empires

Oct 14 2014 - 18:30
Arash Khazeni earned a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and teaches Middle Eastern and Eurasian history at Pomona College.  His research is focused on the imperial and environmental histories of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. His publications include Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in World History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014), Tribes and Empire on the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Iran (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010), recipient of the Middle East Studies Association Houshang ...
Abolala Soudavar

Mithraic Societies: From Brotherhood to Religion's Adversary

Oct 9 2014 - 18:30
Abolala Soudavar completed his university education at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris (1963-67), Stanford University (1967-68) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Pratiques, Paris (1980-81). As a businessman he was involved in Iran from 1969 to 1982, when he moved to the USA and established Mirak Inc. He was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Tehran University from 1970 to 1977. He is/was a member of the Visiting Committee for Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York (since 1983), of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1978 to 1994), Centre for Middle Eastern ...
Mohsen Namjoo

Evolution of Iranian Rhythms

Jun 20 2014 - 18:30
Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpoor until the age of eighteen. In 1994 Namjoo began to study Theater and Music at the University of Tehran, where he was trained under Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed and other masters. Namjoo also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, ...
Siah Bazi

In Search of the Lost Laleh-Zar, a lecture by Nasser Rahmaninejad; a film screening of "Siah Bazi", by Maryam Khakipour

Jun 13 2014 - 18:30
A lecture followed by the screening of Maryam Khakipour's film, "Siah Bâzi." Guests: Nasser Rahmaninejad and Maryam Khakipour Nasser Rahmaninejad, a foremost, celebrated Iranian artist started his career in theatre in 1959 Iran. In response to the authoritarian cultural policies and harsh censorship of the Shah’s regime, he founded his alternative, independent theatre group, Mehr in 1966. His group, which later changed its name to Iran Theatre Association, became very influential in the field, competing with other well-financed, state-sponsored theatre groups until it was closed down by the ...
REZA ZARGHAMEE

Discovering Cyrus and the Idea of Iran: From the Cartoons of The 300 to the Craft of History

May 6 2014 - 18:30
Reza Zarghamee brings multiple perspectives and deep knowledge to his account of the life of Cyrus the Great. Born in London in 1978 to Iranian parents, Zarghamee grew up in Boston. His immersion in the ancient history of Iran started early: At the age of thirteen, he began studying Old Persian cuneiform at the urging of Professor Richard Frye, a founder of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Later, he took courses in Zoroastrianism and Manichaenism taught by another eminent Harvard scholar, Prods Oktor Skjaervø. He attended Columbia University, pursuing a double- ...
MASSOUD BEHNOUD

Diaspora Media: Failures, Accomplishments and Future Role

Apr 24 2014 - 18:30
Massoud Behnoud, a prominent Iranian journalist and writer, was born on 27 July 1947 in Tehran. He started his work as a journalist in 1964. During his long career he worked as an investigating journalist for different publications and founded more than 20 newspapers and magazines, none of which are currently in publication. Between 1971-79 he was the chief editor of the most influential and popular daily in Iran, "Ayandegan", that was shut down in 1979 on the orders of Ayatollah Khomeini and it's editor and senior staff were all imprisoned. During 1972-79 he also worked as a producer, writer ...
NASSER RAHMANINEJAD

Theatre in Prison

Apr 17 2014 - 18:30
A brief historical overview of theatrical performances in prison, particularly in Iran. The presentation is based on an essay. You can contact the Iranian Studies Program for a copy of the essay after the event has occurred. Nasser Rahmaninejad, a foremost, celebrated Iranian artist started his career in theatre in 1959 Iran. In response to the authoritarian cultural policies and harsh censorship of the Shah’s regime, he founded his alternative, independent theatre group, Mehr in 1966. His group, which later changed its name to Iran Theatre Association, became very influential in the field, ...

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