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The Strike on Qassem Soleimani: Implications for Iran, the Middle East and the World

Jan 10 2020 - 13:00
U.S.-Iran tensions are at a new high following the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. Both sides continue to exchange threats of violence, and the implications for Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the fight against ISIS, and the U.S. presence in Iraq are expected to be profound. Join us for a panel discussion with Lisa Blaydes, Colin Kahl, Brett McGurk and Abbas Milani, moderated by Michael McFaul, on how recent ...

Colliding Conceptions of Modernization in Iran—Reza Shah and Taghi Erani

Jun 4 2019 - 18:30
Younes Jalali discusses his new book about Taghi Erani, a prominent civil servant, scientist, and intellectual, who was a pivotal figure in interwar Iran. Witness to two of the major political upheavals in the twentieth century—the rise of Pahlavi and the collapse of the Weimar Republic—he turned from fundamental science to leftwing activism and pacifism, leading to his arrest and death in prison. Jalali traces his journey from Tehran to Berlin ...

The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation

May 28 2019 - 18:30
Reza Zia-Ebrahimi discusses the origins of racial forms of Iranian nationalism by revisiting the work of Fath’ali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals. In their efforts to make sense of Iran's shortcomings in the nineteenth century, these thinkers advanced an ideology Zia-Ebrahimi terms as "dislocative nationalism," in which pre-Islamic Iran is cast as a golden age, Islam is reinterpreted as an alien religion, and ...

Russia and Iran in the Qajar Period: Uneasy Neighbors

May 23 2019 - 18:30
Rudi Matthee looks at state and non-state actors and argues that Iran's relationship with Russia in the Qajar period was far too complicated to be categorized as one between one country victimized by an imperialist other one. I will use the incident of the Russian assault on the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad in 1912 as a case study to illustrate this point Rudi Matthee is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Delaware, ...

Parissa in Concert: Recitals of the Nightingale

Apr 26 2019 - 18:30
Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, performs with Amir Hossein Pourjavady, Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo, and Ali Pajooheshgar. The performance includes vocals, the setar, tombak, kamancheh, and oud. (image courtesy of the Farhang Foundation) Add to Google calendar

The Art of Iranian Classical Music: History, Context, and Purpose

Apr 25 2019 - 18:30
Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, will lead a discussion/workshop on the history, context, and purpose of Iranian classical music. Parissa is known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style. She is the most prominent and influential Iranian female classical singer of the past fifty years. Parissa studied the repertoire of radif and old tasnifs with Mahmoud Karimi and Abdollah Davami, two of the most celebrated masters of ...

Narsai David: My Life in Food

Apr 16 2019 - 18:30
Restaurateur, chef, wine-maker, and author, Narsai David discusses his journey through the culinary world of the Bay Area and beyond. Born to Assyrian immigrants from Iran, memories of his mother’s home cooking, and the influence of Assyrian-Iranian dishes, pervade his own culinary practices and the counsel he now provides San Francisco Bay Area listening audiences.  With extensive experience, Narsai is currently a food and wine editor for KCBS ...

A Modern Contagion: Cholera's Impact on Iranian History

Apr 11 2019 - 18:30
Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran's globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the ...

Iran: the Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure

Apr 3 2019 - 18:30
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has ...

Electoral Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mar 14 2019 - 18:30
In this talk, Mehrzad Boroujerdi will first discuss the electoral system of the Islamic Republic of Iran in terms of its laws, electoral management bodies, and shortcomings and will then analyze the voting behavior of the citizenry over the last forty years. Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of ...