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My Promised Land

Nov 21 2013 - 18:30
Sahar Delijani was born in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in 1983, the same year both her parents were arrested due to their political activism against the Islamic regime. In 1996, when she was 12 years old, her parents decided to move to Northern California to join her mother’s family. Delijani was registered in a middle school, starting from 7th grade. Her works have appeared in a wide range of literary publications and journals including The Battered Suitcase, Tryst, Slice Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Perigee, Border Hopping, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Sangam Review.Delijani was nominated ...

The Glories of Ancient Iran: Its Use and Abuse in the 19th and 20th Century

May 2 2013 - 18:30
Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the Historyof Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the SamuelJordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His recent book is the Oxford History of Iran, Oxford. His last work was abook co-athored with Iraj Afshar called: Scholars and Humanists: The Letters of S.H. Taqizadeh and W.B. Henning (1933-1966).

To Write a Country: Home, Family, and the Art of Remembrance in the Iranian Diaspora

Apr 18 2013 - 18:30
Jasmin Darznik, Washington University & Lee University Jasmin Darznik is the author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of MyMother’s Life.  A New York Times bestseller, the book has beentranslated into eight languages and was shortlisted for the 2012Saroyan International Prize for Writing.  Her writing has appeared inthe New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.  Dr.Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran and received her PhD from PrincetonUniversity. She has received grants, fellowships, and honors from theVirginia Foundation for the Humanities, Steinbeck Fellows Program,Bread Loaf ...
Bahram Beyzaie

Semiotics of Iranian Myths

Feb 21 2013 - 18:30
Workshop in Iranian Studies. Instructor: Bahram Beyzaie The five series workshop will be based on the following topics: 2/21:  THE MEANING OF SHAHNAMEH AS A SOCIAL WORK2/28:  NON WRITTEN MYTHS OF PRE-SHAHNAMEH PERIOD 3/7: THE CREATION OF MANKIND AND AFTER3/14: ANALYTIC VIEW OF THE LEGEND OF ROSTAM AND SOHRAB 3/16: IRANIAN MYTHS IN TRADITIONAL SPECTACLES (WATCH ALL WORKSHOP VIDEOS ON IRANIAN STUDIES YOUTUBE CHANNEL)  Bahram Beyzaie is one of the most talented, internationally acclaimed artists, scholars and public intellectuals of his generation in Iran. He has written more than thirty-five ...

Iranian Theater in Exile, A Personal Odyssey

Jan 29 2013 - 18:30
Niloofar Beyzaie is the daughter of the theater and film director Bahram Beyzaie and Monir Azam Raminfar. Leaving Iran in 1985 for political reasons, she studied German literature, theater, film and television studies, and education at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. In 1994 she founded the theater group "Daritsche", serving as director, playwright, and lighting and costume designer. Central themes of Niloofar Beyzaie’s theatrical works are women, "the suffering of individuals among the crowd", and "being a stranger either one’s own, or a foreign, society". She has ...

Shah Isma'il in late Safavid Historiography: a Unique Treatise on Safavid Kingship

Jan 22 2013 - 18:30
Sholeh Quinn is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. She received her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1993. Her main area of research focuses on the history of Iran during the Safavid era (ca. 16th-early 18th centuries), with a special emphasis on historiography.
Christopher de Bellaigue

Muhammad Mossadegh: Patriot of Persia

Jan 8 2013 - 18:30
Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and was raised in the United Kingdom. In 1995 he graduated in Indian and Persian Studies from Cambridge University and started working as a journalist in India. Since then, he has written from the Middle East, Turkey and South Asia for, among others, the Economist, the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times, the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Harpers and the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs (HarperCollins, 2005), The Struggle for Iran (New York Review Books, 2007), Rebel Land (Penguin ...
Dogtown Redemption Film Poster

Graphic Novels and Iranian Art: the Case of Zahra's Paradise

Dec 4 2012 - 18:30
Amir Soltani is a graphic novelist, documentary filmmaker and human rights activist.  He is the co-creator of "Zahra's Paradise", a NYT bestselling graphic novel published as an interactive real-time webcomic (please see  "Zahra's Paradise" is fiction based on the true story of an Iranian woman, whose son vanishes after the 2009 protests against Iran's fraudulent elections.  "Zahra's Paradise" was nominated for an Eisner Award and has been translated into 16 languages.  Amir has worked in business, media, nonprofits and philanthropy.  He is the executive ...

Iran's 'Wilsonian Moment'? - Iran's Responses to World War I

Nov 15 2012 - 18:30
Oliver Bast, Dr. phil., Maître-ès-Lettres, is Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Middle Eastern History and Persian at the University of Manchester where he served as head of the department of Middle Eastern Studies between 2008 and 2011. He read History and Persian Studies in Berlin (Humboldt-Universität), in Tehran (University of Tehran), in Paris (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and in Bamberg (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg). Bast holds a joint doctorate (thèse en co-tutelle) from the Sorbonne and Bamberg. During the Academic Year 2011-2012 he was Visiting Fellow ...
Cover of play by Yalfani

Iranian Theater in Diaspora: A Playwright's Retrospective

Oct 23 2012 - 18:30
Born and educated in Iran, Mohsen Yalfani is one of the most respected playwrights of Iran. He first established his reputation in the years before the revolution when his plays where known for their unflinching approach to social problems of the time. He spent several years in prison during the Shah's regime and in the early months and years of the 1979 revolution, he was one of the leaders of Iran's Writers Association. Forced into exile, he has continued writing plays. He lives and works in Paris and has been one of the leading voices of the Iranian Writers Association in Exile.