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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
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
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
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.
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
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-
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
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.
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
Jan 26 2017 - 18:30
Dr. Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages at the University of Virginia. She has published several books, articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwords in both Persian and English. Her talk will include readings from her recently published biography on the Iranian feminist poet Forugh Farrokhzad.
Copies of Farzaneh Milani's new book will be available for sale at