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The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Mehrangiz Kar

Jul 2 2020 - 10:00
Professor Mehrangiz Kar, a human rights lawyer from Iran, is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and activist who advocates for the defense of women’s and human rights in Iran and throughout the Islamic world. A common theme in her work is the tension between Iranian law and the core principles of human rights and human dignity. She will discuss the women’s rights movement in Iran with Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at ...

The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani

Jun 23 2020 - 10:00
Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, a member of a family long considered a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran, became a prisoner of conscience in that regime and is now a defender of equal rights for women—one of the many fascinating transformations in Iran in recent years. She discusses the evolution and future of the women’s rights movement in Iran. The conversation will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. An active Iranian women’s ...

Iran in the International System

Jun 16 2020 - 10:00
Heinz Gärtner and Mitra Shahmoradi discuss their recent book Iran in the International System: Iran between Great Powers and Great Ideas (Routledge, January 2020). They are joined by Abbas Milani who will speak about his chapter in the book. Drawing on Iran’s history and its relations with great powers and its regional neighbors, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations ...

Cooking Class: Exploring Northern Iranian Cuisine with Hanif Sadr

Jun 2 2020 - 18:00
Chef Hanif Sadr demonstrates how to make a traditional Northern Iranian sauce (bieh) for a stuffed roasted eggplant (bademjan kabob) dish. Follow along live to cook this dish with him. Hanif will also discuss Northern Iranian geographical characteristics and their relationship to the cuisine, important ingredients, and traditional techniques in Northern Iranian cuisine. Hanif Sadr was born in Paris, France and raised in Tehran, Iran. He studied ...

Saadi and Humanism

May 19 2020 - 18:00
Abbas Milani discusses his new book Saadi and Humanism (written with Maryam Mirzadeh, published by Zemestan Press in Iran). The book is in Persian/Farsi, the conversation will be in English. Abbas Milani is the Director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written numerous books including The Shah (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), Eminent Persians ...

Virtual Concert: "Distant Harmonies"

May 12 2020 - 18:00
Virtual concert by Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by Arash Moradi and Kourosh Moradi.  Event is free and open to the public.  Please use the registration link provided to receive the Zoom link. 
Part 1: Ali Akbar will play the tanbour maqams and some of his compositions based on the Maqam-e-Qaribi and maqam-e Saro-Khani. Part 2: Tanbour solos by Arash and Kourosh, trio tanbour and percussion. Ali Akbar Moradi began playing the tanbour at the age of ...

An Overview of the COVID-19 Situation: Lessons Learned from Iran

Apr 22 2020 - 18:00
Discussion will include a brief overview of the current situation of the coronavirus in Iran followed by a health policy analysis of:  When, how and why the virus entered Iran;  Whether it was preventable or manageable at early stages;  What was the initial reaction of policymakers in Iran;  A briefing about the controversy among stakeholders on when and how to respond;  How and why the initial policies changed over time and the ...

From COVID19 to Cholera: Repeating Patterns in Iranian Pandemic History (Online)

Apr 16 2020 - 18:00
Why has the novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic been so widespread and deadly in Iran and what are the consequences of the outbreak? This lecture will attempt to answer these questions by presenting a timeline of the COVID19 outbreak in Iran and the historic and political determinants that shape Tehran’s public health policy against the pandemic. Amir A. Afkhami, MD, PhD, is an associate professor with joint appointments in psychiatry, global ...

Debate: The Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran is Working

Mar 4 2020 (All day)
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate hosted at Stanford University on March 4, 2020 The targeted killing of General Qassim Suleimani sent shockwaves around the world and sparked staunch debate about the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign. Supporters argue that this strategy, which includes leaving the JCPOA and imposing harsh economic sanctions, will safeguard American interests, quell Tehran's human rights abuses, and halt the state ...

Workshop: Rhythm in the Early Stages of Persian Poetry

Feb 6 2020 - 18:30
Classical Persian poetry evokes the names of august figures like Hafiz, Rumi, and Sa’di. However, the origins of the rhythm and language of this era are more complex. In this workshop, Mohsen Namjoo and Yahya Alkhansa focus on the technical aspects of the language and the concept of rhythm in the formation of early Persian poetry—known as the Khorasani School. *Workshop is in Persian/Farsi Mohsen Namjoo was born in 1976 in Khorasan province, one ...