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The Canticle of the Birds: Part I

Feb 5 2019 - 18:30
The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem illustrated by the finest artists in his ...

Mutual Radicalization: How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

Jan 31 2019 - 18:30
Radicalization has become a serious global problem. This talk explores mutual radicalization, where groups and nations push each other to extremes. Drawing from well-established psychological principles, a model of mutual radicalization is presented and international and national case studies are used as illustrative examples. Fathali M. Moghaddam is Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science and Professor of Psychology at ...

Iran, Israel and the US in a Changing Middle East

Dec 4 2018 - 18:30
David Menashri will explore the relationship between Iran’s regional policy and its domestic politics, including its socio-economic challenges and growing popular dissatisfaction, domestic power struggles and the tension between revolutionary ideology and national interest. The lecture will also assess Iranian policy following the 2015 nuclear deal, the election of President Trump, and U.S. foreign policy on Iran and in the region—including a ...

The Next Revolution Will be Led by Women

Nov 29 2018 - 18:30
Masih Alinejad is an Iranian journalist, women's rights activist, TV host of Tablet satirical news program and author of the memoir The Wind in My Hair. In 2014, Alinejad launched the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign, one of the many such efforts inside and outside Iran against the oppression of women in the Islamic Republic. She discusses her memoir and her experience in this movement.   The Stanford Bookstore will have copies of The Wind in My ...

11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa

Nov 9 2018 - 18:30
The recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. We are very pleased to announce that Parissa will perform a few songs and will be joined by Dara Afraz on the setar and Emile Richard on percussion. A special signed, commemorative, copy of her album “Ahval-e Del” will be given out (while ...

Hadi and His Alam

Oct 25 2018 - 18:30
Hadi Khorsandi is a UK-based, exiled Iranian satirist and poet. He published “Asghar Agha” weekly for 30 years. He is the recipient of several awards and continues to perform comedy shows in Europe and the US. His new book The Fake Diaries of Alam is a spoof on The Diaries of Alam, one of the best-selling Iranian books in recent years by the powerful court minister Asadollah Alam about his relationship with the Shah. Khorsandi will read excerpts ...

Book Talk: With Open Eyes

Oct 11 2018 - 18:30
Zakaria Hashemi is an acclaimed director, novelist, documentary filmmaker for television, and the lead actor in Ebrahim Golestan’s “Brick and Mirror.” He discusses his book With Open Eyes (2004), a memoir-like novel describing his experiences as a filmmaker intimately involved in the Iran-Iraq war. Hashemi was discovered by Farough Farrokzad and introduced to Mr. Golestan; their collaboration has continued for the last half century.  Event is in ...

The Rhetoric of Intertexuality and Doubtful Authority

May 31 2018 - 18:30
Diana Darab is the director of policy at Health Research for Action at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote Moments and Memories,  a collection of bilingual poetry in English and Farsi. With an eye on Jacques Derrida's philosophy of language, this lecture traces relations of contrasts and the possibilities of semantic and syntactic combinations in three texts: William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury," Houshang Golshiri's "Shazdeh ...

Iranian Literature in French: Three Decades of History

May 22 2018 - 18:30
Sorour Kasmai is a novelist, translator, and publisher. She writes in Persian and French. Her books include: The Glass Cemetery, Horizons Persans, The Valley of the Eagles: An Autobiography of an Escape, and her most recent book A Day Before the End of the World. She discusses her experience with writing and translating in Persian and French, and the history of Iranian writers publishing in French since the 1990s.  Part of the Stanford Festival ...

The Cinema of Ebrahim Golestan

May 10 2018 - 18:30
Farid Esmaeelpour is a filmmaker, film critic and Ph.D student at Paris-1-Pantheon-Sorbonne University in France. His book The Genesis of the Iranian Aueteur Cinema: Ebrahim Golestan focuses on the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker's career, role in the history of Iranian cinema, and his influence on many other well-known Iranian filmmakers.