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Use it or Lose it: Iran's Demographic Window of Opportunity

Nov 30 2017 - 18:30
Farzaneh Roudi is a senior demographer and policy analyst with more than 30 years of experience researching and writing on the Middle East population and development issues. She co-authored a Stanford Iran 2040 working paper titled “Iran’s Population Dynamics and Demographic Window of Opportunity” with Dr. Pooya Azadi and Dr. Mohsen Mesgaran. She will present on her findings from this paper.  Iran’s record fertility decline has had a significant ...

Video: 10 Years of the Bita Prize for Persian Arts

Nov 27 2017 (All day)
The 10th Bita Prize for Persian Arts was celebrated in November of 2017. Watch a video by Ala Mohseni looking back at all 10 Bita Prize recipients. From Simin Behbahani to Marjane Satrapi.  The annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts is awarded to an artist of Iranian ancestry whose work, in the course of their lifetime, has exhibited singular achievements in both the realm of aesthetics and in the essence of defending the rights of artists to create ...

10th Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Marjane Satrapi

Nov 17 2017 - 18:30
Marjane Satrapi: Facts and Fictions of Women, Exile, and Identity We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the Tenth Bita Prize for Persian Arts is Ms. Marjane Satrapi. She is the author of Persepolis, Persepolis 2, Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children’s books. She co-wrote and co-directed the animated feature film version of Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She ...

Robert Sapolsky: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Oct 24 2017 - 19:00
We humans are a puzzling species.  No other animal comes close to our capacity for violently harming each other; yet at the same time, no other comes close to our capacity for cooperation, altruism, or compassion.  Most challengingly, the same motoric behavior can count as appalling or noble, depending on the context.  This lecture considers the biology of our context-dependent best and worst behaviors.  Crucially, true understanding requires a ...

Anti-Clericalism in Medieval Persian Poetry

Oct 19 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Leonard Lewisohn is Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter where he teaches Islamic Studies, Sufism, history of Iran, as well as courses on Persian texts and Persian poetry in translation. He specializes in translation of Persian Sufi poetic and prose texts. He has authored many books including Beyond Faith and Infidelity: The Sufi Poetry and ...

Shahnameh and its Oral Traditions

Oct 5 2017 - 18:30
Jalil Doostkhah is an eminent scholar of Iranian literature and culture, with an abiding interest in the country's grand epic, Shahnameh. He has published extensively on different aspects of the country's ancient culture and religion as well as on the textual history and meaning of Shahnameh. He will be discussing his research on some of the oral sources of Shahnameh as well as the role of the rich tradition of ritualized recitation of the text ...

Film screening: Lerd/A Man of Integrity by Mohammad Rasoulof

Sep 6 2017 - 18:30
The film screening of Lerd/A Man of Integrity will be followed by a conversation with the film's director, Mohammad Rasoulof. Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad), a former teacher, retreats with his wife (Soudabeh Beizaee) and young son to tend goldfish in rural Northern Iran. Once there, his rigid principles keep him from participating in the bribery system that determines access to bank loans, leaving him vulnerable to a wealthy rival farmer manipulating ...

Iran's Food-Water Dilemma: The Challenge of Feeding 80 million People in a Dry Zone

Jun 6 2017 - 18:30
Increasing population has posed insurmountable challenges to agriculture for the provision of food security in Iran. As a major agricultural country in the Middle East, Iran has long been on the quest for food self-sufficiency. However, the capability of its land and water resources to realize this ambitious goal has remained equivocal and controversial. Dr. Mohsen Mesgaran will present the results of a recent study with the Stanford Iran 2040 ...

Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from Diaspora

May 4 2017 - 18:30
Nima Naghibi is Chair and Associate Professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto.  Her research is in the areas of postcolonial and diaspora studies, and life narratives with particular attention to questions of human rights and social justice.  She is the author of the books Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora (Minnesota Press, 2016) and Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran (Minnesota Press ...

Coming from Nowhere: Breaking Free of Cultural Branding and Identity Politics

Apr 20 2017 - 18:30
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani was born in Iran, raised in Uganda, and educated in the UK and the States. She has taught literature and creative writing in many countries, is the author of non-fiction as well as novels, and has adapted Persian poetry into English during her career as a teacher and a writer.  Her latest work, Us & Them, is a satire about the Iranian diaspora all over the world. She currently lives in Strasburg, France. Copies of Ms. ...

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