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 Farhad Daftary

The Ismailis of the Iranian World: History and Intellectual Contributions

Oct 8 2009 - 18:00
 Farhad Daftary has been affiliated since 1988 to The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he is currently Co-Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in the US from 1958-71, receiving his doctorate in 1971 from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a consulting-editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica, co-editor of Encyclopaedia Islamica, as well as general editor of “Ismaili Heritage Series” and “Ismaili Texts and Translations Series”. An authority on Ismaili history, Dr. Daftary is the author of ...
Roger Cohen

Messianic Pragmatists: The Riddle of Iran

Apr 30 2009 - 18:30
Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting Foreign Editor on September 11, 2001, and Foreign Editor six months later. Since 2004 he has written a column for the Times-owned International Herald Tribune, first for the news pages and then, since 2007, for the Op-Ed page. In 2009 he was named a columnist of The New York Times. Mr. Cohen has written "Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo" (Random House, 1998), an account of the wars of Yugoslavia's destruction, and "Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the ...

Breath Poetry

Apr 15 2009 - 18:00
One of the rising stars of Iranian poetry, Ziba Karbassi was born in 1974 in Tabriz, Iran. She left Iran in 1989 and now lives between London and Paris. She has published five volumes of poetry in Persian, all outside Iran, and continues to write prolifically. Her poetry tackles difficult themes with a mastery of craft and has received wide critical attention. Her work has been translated into several languages. An entire volume of her poetry is being translated into English by Stephen Watts. She was recently voted as Director of the Association of Iranian Writers in Exile. Ms. Karbassi tours ...
Shahrnush Parsipur

Asia Between Two Worlds

Apr 8 2009 - 18:00
Born and raised in Tehran, Shahrnush Parsipur received her B.A. in sociology from Tehran University in 1973 and studied Chinese language and civilization at the Sorbonne from 1976 to 1980. Her first book was Tupak-e Qermez (The Little Red Ball - 1969), a story for young people. Her first short stories were published in the late 1960s. One early story appeared in Jong-e Isfahan, no. 9 (June 1972), a special short-story issue which also featured stories by Esma'il Fasih, Houshang Golshiri, Taqi Modarresi, Bahram Sadeqi, and Gholam Hossein Saedi. Her novella Tajrobeh'ha-ye Azad (Trial Offers - ...
DARIUSH MEHRJUI

An Evening with Dariush Mehrjui

Nov 7 2008 - 18:00
Dariush Mehrjui , born 8 December 1939 in Tehran) is an Iranian director, screenwriter, producer, and film editor. As an Iranian New Wave cinema icon, Mehrjui is regarded to be one of the intellectual directors of Iranian cinema. Most of his films are inspired by literature and adopted based on Iranian and foreign novels and plays. A screening of his latest film, Santuri, followed by a conversation with Mehrjui. Closest parking is at the Oval. Look for Lasuen Mall (located to your left, if facing Memorial Church).
Fereydoun Farrokhzad

The Early German Poetry of Fereydoun Farrokhzad

Nov 3 2008 - 18:00
"Nima Mina is a member of academic staff at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies in the field of Persian and Comparative Literature. He received his academic training in general linguistics and Medieval Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany and in Comparative Literature and Music at the Universite de Montreal in Quebec. Recently, he has authored and edited books on the history of literary Orientalism in 19th and 20th century Germanic literatures (Iudicium-Verlag, Munich 2006) and Goethe's sources for the West-oestlicher Divan (Grazer Morgenlaendische ...
Arash Naraghi

Ayatollah Khomeini's Theory of Government: Genesis and Evolution

Oct 8 2008 - 18:00
"Dr. Arash Naraghi got his doctorate degree in Pharmacology from Tehran University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara. He published a book on new understanding of Abrahamian religion and faith in 1999 (Tehran), and has published more than 30 papers on philosophical and theological issues in Iranian journals, mainly Kiyan magazine. Dr. Naraghi translated 3 books from English to Farsi: "Reason and religious belief", "Philosophical theology", and "An introduction to epistemology". He was a member of what is known as Kiyan Circle at this ...
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

Novels and History: Diaspora Writing and Iranian History

Apr 22 2008 - 18:00
Professor Bahiyyih Nakhjavani,  Closest parking is at the Oval. Look for Lasuen Mall (located to your left, if facing Memorial Church).

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