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America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

Jan 21 2021 - 10:00
Dr. John Ghazvinian discusses his recent book America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present (Knopf, 2021). In recent times, the United States and Iran have seemed closer to war than peace, but that is not where their story began. When America was in its infancy, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams turned to the history of the Persian Empire as they looked for guidance on how to run their new country. And in the following century, Iranian ...

In Solitary: Then the Fish Swallowed Him

Jan 14 2021 - 10:00
Amir Ahmadi Arian discusses his first novel in English, Then the Fish Swallowed Him published by HarperCollins in 2020.  “Yunus Turabi, a bus driver in Tehran, leads an unremarkable life. A solitary man since the unexpected deaths of his father and mother years ago, he is decidedly apolitical—even during the driver’s strike and its bloody end. But everyone has their breaking point, and Yunus has reached his. Handcuffed and blindfolded, he is ...

Tribute to Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Dec 10 2020 - 10:00
Join us for a celebration in memory of the life and work of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). We will host some of the foremost masters of classical Iranian music who collaborated with him or were his student. Maestros Rambod Sodeif, Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, Dariush Talai, Mohammadreza Darvishi, Ali Akbar Moradi, and Ms. Fariba Davoodi will each discuss the legacy of Maestro Shajarian and perform a piece in his memory. ...

Book Talk: Man of My Time

Dec 3 2020 - 10:00
Set in Tehran and New York, Man of My Time is the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world.  After decades of working with ambivalence for the Iranian government, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father.  Tucked into a mint tin in Hamid’s pocket, the ashes propel him into an excavation of a lifetime of betrayals, ...

Ala Mohseni Discusses His New Documentary "Ayyar e Tanha" About Bahram Beyzaie

Nov 17 2020 - 10:00
Filmmaker Ala Mohseni will discuss his new documentary "Ayyar e Tanha." It documents the particular situation in Iran that forced an acclaimed and distinguished artist like Bahram Beyzaie to leave his homeland and live in exile.  Please watch the film at your convenience and join for the live discussion: https://www.radiofarda.com/a/30905487.html Please note: the film and the conversation are in Persian/Farsi.  Born in Tehran, Iran, Ala Mohseni ...

Iranian Women: The Achilles Heel of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Nov 5 2020 - 10:00
Homa Sarshar discusses her life and work, and the role of women in Iran.  Homa Sarshar is a published author, award-winning journalist, writer, and media personality.  She is the author of four books and the editor of eleven other volumes, including five volumes of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation Journal and four volumes of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews.  Her latest book Sha’ban Jafari was the number one best seller Persian ...

Conference: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob

Oct 29 2020 - 10:00
Scholars discuss the life and work of Shahrokh Meskoob, one of modern Iran’s most respected and acclaimed public intellectuals, literary critics, and memoirists. His papers were recently donated to Stanford’s Green Library and include hundreds of letters from some of Iran’s most prominent intellectuals, thousands of pages of notes, and first drafts of many of his manuscripts. This conference celebrates the launch of the archive. Links to ...

Book Talk: Disoriental

Oct 22 2020 - 10:00
Event is in Persian/Farsi. Négar Djavadi was born in Iran in 1969 to a family of intellectuals opposed to the regimes both of the Shah, then of Khomeini. She arrived in France at the age of eleven, having crossed the mountains of Kurdistan on horseback with her mother and sister. She is a screenwriter and lives in Paris. Disoriental is her first novel. Her second novel comes out in France in September 2020. ABOUT DISORIENTAL: “In this high- ...

Blue Logos and Women's Wisdom with Shahrnush Parsipur

Oct 15 2020 - 10:00
Shahrnush Parsipur was born in Tehran, Iran and received her BA in Sociology from the University of Tehran. She wrote her first novel at the age of 28, Sag va Zememstaneh Boland (The Dog and the Long Winter) and later that year was imprisoned for several months for protesting the execution of two activists. She wrote her second novel in France, Majerahayeh Sadeh va Kuchake Ruheh Derakht (Plain and Small Adventures of the Spirit of the Tree) in ...

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: NASRIN

Oct 8 2020 - 10:00
RSVP to receive a link for the screening and live panel discussion.  NASRIN is an immersive portrait of attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the world’s most prominent human rights activists and political prisoners. Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman, produced by Marcia Ross, and secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make it, the film also tells the story of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.  Nasrin has ...

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