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Lecture: The History and Culture of the Tanbour (Persian lute)

May 4 2018 - 18:30
Ali Akbar Moradi is an acclaimed Iranian musician. He is a master tanbour (Persian lute) player and expert in the history and form of the instrument. He began playing the tanbour at the age of seven and learned not only the music but the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He has won awards, recorded several albums, and performed in Europe, the United States, and Canada with singers like Shahram Nazeri and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In addition ...

Thinking the Unthinkable: Foucault and the Islamic Revolution

May 3 2018 - 18:30
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is a professor of history and sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. He examines the French philosopher Michel Foucault's writings on the Iranian Revolution in responses to questions such as: Was Foucault wrong about the Islamic Revolution in Iran or did he find an instance of his philosophy of history? 

Bahram Beyzaie Discusses "Crossroads" Play

Apr 23 2018 - 18:30
Professor Bahram Beyzaie gives a talk on his recent play "Crossroads." As with past productions, Professor Beyzaie will discuss the creation of the play and will be joined by the "Crossroads" cast to engage with audience questions after his talk. Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. 

The Candle That Lit the Flame: Amnesty International and the Origins of the Iranian Revolution

Apr 17 2018 - 18:30
Roham Alvandi is associate professor of international history and Director of the Cold War Studies Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He explores the role of the "human rights revolution" of the 1970s and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He is the author of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War. Add to Google Calendar

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.  Cast (in alphabetical order): Narges Attaran, Okhtay Azarmanesh, Hamid ...

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 ...

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