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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 ...
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Tehran At Twilight/Tehran Noir

Mar 5 2015 - 18:30
SALAR ABDOH was born in Iran, and splits his time between Tehran and New York City, where he codirects the Creative Writing MFA Program at the City College of New York. He is the author of The Poet Game and Opium. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, and on the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts award. He is the editor of Tehran Noir and the author of Tehran at Twilight, his latest novel.

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 ...

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 ...