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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. ...

From Isfahan to Irvine

Apr 18 2017 - 18:30
Hossein Omoumi is a scholar and musician from Isfahan, Iran. He currently teaches at UC Irvine. A new documentary about his life, made by Hesam Abedimi, and innovative teaching style will also be screened (in Farsi with English subtitles). After, Hossein will discuss and demonstrate the structure of classical Persian music by singing and playing the Ney, with vocals from Jessika Kenney, santur accompaniment from Faraz Minooie, and Sina Dehghani ...

Documenting the Contributions of Iranian Americans: A New Approach

Apr 11 2017 - 18:30
Launched in 2016, the Iranian American’s Contributions Project (IACP) applies software technologies to publicly available information to rigorously aggregate the many facets and contributions of the Iranian American community. Pirooz Parvarandeh is the founder and will describe this new approach and the results achieved to date. Pirooz has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector. He joined Maxim Integrated in 1987 when it was a pre- ...

The World Bank and Climate Change

Feb 24 2017 - 13:00
The World Bank: Overview of structure, funding, policy and programs with a focus on infrastructure and climate change Dr. Tara Shirvani currently works on large-scale infrastructure investment projects for the World Bank Group with a focus on urban transport and road construction as well as low-carbon energy projects in Middle East North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank she was based in the Middle East working ...

The Idea of Iranshahr and Its Cultural Heritage

Feb 16 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Touraj Daryaee is Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and the Director of the Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His work focuses on ancient Iran and its history and culture. He will discuss the cultural and ideological aspects that came with the name of Iran and Iranshahr in antiquity.

A Fireside Chat with Omid Kordestani, Google's "Business Founder" and the Executive Chairman of Twitter

Feb 11 2017 - 16:00
The Persian Student Association Stanford (PSA) at Stanford University, and Iranian Stanford Alumni Association (ISAA) present: A fireside chat with Omid Kordestani about technology, business, career, and life lessons.Omid is currently the Executive Chairman of Twitter. As Google's "Business Founder" and employee number 11, Omid led Google's business operations from the first employees and the first dollar in revenue to over 12,000 employees and ...

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