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Why Was Towfigh Permanently Banned?

Apr 5 2018 - 18:30
Abbas Towfigh taught at several universities in Iran and is a poet, author, writer, satirist, and the former editor-in-chief of "Towfigh" satirical paper. He discusses the ban on the most influential satirical paper in modern Iranian history.  Add to Google Calendar

"Crossroads" by Bahram Beyzaie

Mar 23 2018 - 19:30
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Performed on March 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and April 1st at Stanford's Roble theater.  New play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie.Approximately year eighty of the Persian calendar. In a busy crossroads of Tehran, a woman and a man run into one another, torn apart by the events of the last fifteen years! Play is in Persian. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts.  Read reviews of the play in Farsi:  BBC Persian Article Aasoo Article ...

The Power of Photography for Social Change

Mar 13 2018 - 18:30
REZA is an acclaimed photojournalist whose work has been featured in National Geographic, Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match, as well as a series of books, exhibitions and documentaries made for the National Geographic Channel. He discusses the importance of using images to serve social change, by training younger generations to become the actors of the future. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts Add to Google Calendar

A Reflection on My Last Novel: Ask the Mirror

Mar 8 2018 - 18:30
Chahla Chafiq is an author, researcher, and human rights activist.  Chahla's writings both in Persian and French include essays, research articles, short stories, and novels. She discusses her newest book, Ask the Mirror (2015), and reflects on literature and exile. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts Add to Google Calendar

[Conference] The Islamic Republic of Iran: Continuity or Change?

Mar 2 2018 - 08:15
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Moderated by Larry Diamond, Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani, and Francis Fukuyama.  OVERVIEW SCHEDULE Panel 1: Politics and Society Political Elite Formation and Circulation - Mehrzad Boroujerdi Iran after Ayatollah Khamenei: Regime Dynamics and Prospects for Political Change - Saied Golkar What Befell the Democracy Movement in Iran? - Ladan Baroumand Panel 2: Culture and Media How Technology Has Helped to Transform the Society of Iran: What is ...

Reflections on the Origins of the Iranian Revolution of 1979

Feb 15 2018 - 18:30
Michael Axworthy is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the co-director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Exeter. He discusses different explanations for, and interpretations of, the 1979 revolution, with a particular look at the significance of religion. His most recent book is Iran: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017). *Image taken from cover of book Revolutionary Iran by Professor ...

In Search of Modern Iran

Feb 8 2018 - 18:30
Abbas Amanat is Professor of History and International Studies and Director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies. He discusses his new book Iran: A Modern History. Add to Google calendar

Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed

Feb 1 2018 - 18:30
Misagh Parsa is a professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College. He discusses the causes of the 1979 Revolution, its social, economic and political outcomes; revisits the Green Movement and the causes of its failure; and offers likely paths for future development and democratization. His most recent book is Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed (2016). Add to Google calendar

The Eternal Magnetism of the Dictator: A Psychological Analysis

Jan 16 2018 - 18:30
History is a continuing struggle to escape dictatorship. Despite modest progress toward actualized democracy in some parts of the world, dictators once again loom large on the world stage. Globalization is associated with certain conditions that nurture increased expansion of dictatorial powers. This presentation explores the psychological foundations of this continued threat from dictators, and the steps needed to secure a more democratic ...

Maqams: The Roots of Iranian Classical Music

Dec 8 2017 - 18:30
Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Akbar Moradi in discussion Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle) player. His musical collaborations have helped popularize Persian music outside of Iran and attract audiences from around the world. Kayhan is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (which received a Grammy in 2016 for the album “Sing Me Home”). He has composed music for Iran’s most renowned vocalists ...

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