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Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists: Dena Taherianfar

Mar 12 2014 - 19:00
For the past seven years, we have been giving an annual award, named the Bita Prize for Persian Letters. The winners have been some of the most prominent Iranian writers, poets, vocalists, and playwrights of our time—from Simin Behbahani and Mohammad Reza Shajarian (the first the poet laureate of the people and the second  the country's most beloved vocalist), to Bahram Beyzaie (the eminent film-maker and playwright) and Mahshid Amirshahy (the acclaimed writer and translator). Beginning this year, with the generous support of Ms Bita Daryabari, we are launching a second award, this time ...
The Psychology of Dictatorship

The Psychology of Dictatorship

Mar 11 2014 - 18:30
Fathali Moghaddam is Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director of The Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government, Georgetown University. He is the Editor of ‘Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology’ (American Psychological Association). He was educated from an early age in England, and worked for the United Nations and McGill University before joining Georgetown. He returned to Iran in 1979 and was researching there during the hostage taking crisis and the early years of the Iran- Iraq war. His most recent books include ‘The Psychology of Dictatorship’ (2013), ‘ ...

Days of Revolution: Political Culture and Process in an Iranian Village

Feb 13 2014 - 18:30
Mary Elaine Hegland is professor of anthropology at Santa Clara University. Her areas of focus include women and gender, political anthropology, Shia Islamic ritual and politics, resistance and revolution, social and cultural change, and the anthropology of personal philosophies and life histories. Hegland has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Iran, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Afghanistan, and among Iranians and Pakistanis in the Santa Clara Valley. Her most recent publication is DAYS OF REVOLUTION: POLITICAL UNREST IN AN IRANIAN VILLAGE, Stanford University Press, 2014. Lecture in English

A Flawed Chapter in Modern Iranian Historiography: The First Century of Iran and Islam

Dec 5 2013 - 18:30
Zakeri finished his Ph.D. studies in Near Eastern History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1987. The title of his Dissertation was Sasanian Soldiers in Early Muslim Society: the Origins of the 'Ayyaran and Futuwwa (an expanded revised version of this was published, Wiesbaden 1995). He taught medieval and Islamic history courses at the University of Utah (1984-1987). Working as a Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, he prepared the results of a research project published as Persian Wisdom in Arabic Garb: 'Ali b. 'Ubayda al-Rayhani (d. 219/834) and his Jawahir al-kilam wa ...

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.