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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 ...

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 ...