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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 ...

Writing to Save Memory, Myth, and Ritual?

Feb 4 2020 - 18:30
*Event is in Persian/Farsi “The Drowned is the translation of Moniro Ravanipour’s first novel, Ahl-e Gharq (1989), which brought her overnight nationwide recognition in Iran a decade after the tumultuous Islamic Revolution and a year after the devastating Iran-Iraq War. In general, in this novel, Ravanipour taps the rich culture of southwestern Iran, the region most affected by the destruction of the war, and more specifically, that of Jofreh, ...

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 ...

12th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Kayhan Kalhor

Nov 20 2019 - 18:30
The 12th recipient of the annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed musician Kayhan Kalhor We are pleased to announce that Kayhan Kalhor will perform during the last 20 minutes of the event. We will also be giving out signed copies of his most recent album, while supplies last. Important notes: Please allow extra time for parking and to make your way to the venue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, seating is first come first serve so we recommend ...

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 ...

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