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Play: Between the Grave and the Moon

Feb 27 2016 - 19:30
Written and Directed by Nasser Rahmaninejad Nasser Rahmaninejad is a prominent director and playwright from Iran. His new play, Between the Grave and the Moon: Chronicle of a Poet's Death, recounts the last days of the Iranian poet Mohammad Mokhtari before he was murdered by the Islamic Republic of Iran's agents. This theatrical monologue is an effort to resurrect the voice of the poet to describe his own last days. *Play is in Persian  

Iranian Diaspora Scholars and the Future of Iran

Feb 23 2016 - 18:30
Behdad Aminzadeh is a lead Research Scientist at Chevron Energy Technology Company. Pooya Azadi is a Senior Research Associate at MIT, and co-founder of WeViro – a startup company for promoting action against climate change. Dr. Aminzadeh and Dr. Azadi will be discussing a statistical comparative study of the Iranian diaspora scientific community and a preliminary inquiry into their possible role in Iran’s future development. Particular ...

Tarabnameh: A Modern Interpretation of a Traditional Play

Feb 17 2016 - 18:30
Acclaimed Iranian playwright Bahram Beyzaie will be discussing his upcoming play "Tarabnameh," sponsored by the Iranian Studies Program and the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. The play will be performed at the end of March. More information forthcoming. Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran's most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, both secular and religious. He was a leader of the generation of ...

A Portrait of Houshang Golshiri in Texts, Contexts, Manuscripts and Fragments

Jan 14 2016 - 14:00
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A Portrait of Houshang Golshiri in Texts, Contexts, Manuscripts and Fragments:   A Conference to celebrate the launch of the Golshiri Archive at Stanford The Iranian Studies Program and Stanford University's Green Library are happy to announce the arrival of the Houshang Golshiri papers at Stanford. To celebrate this unique collection and to inquire into the literary legacy of Houshang Golshiri, arguably the most important Iranian modernist ...

Hallowed Grounds and White Cubes: The Relation Between Burial Grounds and Art Spaces

Jan 13 2016 - 18:30
Barbad Golshiri is an Iranian artist and a socio-political critic of art. His mediums include video, installation art, photography, and performance art. In all of his art, the role of language as a necessary but contingent medium of expression plays a pivotal role. His most recent work focuses on grave markers, cemeteries, and obsequies. He documents burial grounds all across the globe and makes grave markers himself both for cemeteries and art ...

Eighth Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Ehsan Yarshater

Nov 6 2015 - 18:30
Award Recipient: Professor Ehsan Yarshater Ehsan Yarshater is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University and Director of its Center for Iranian Studies.  He is the author and editor of a number of highly acclaimed scholarly works.  Among his books are Persian Poetry in the Second Half of the 15th Century (1953) and Southern Tati Dialects (1970). He has edited the third volume of The Cambridge History of Iran ...

Afshin Naghouni: Odyssey of an Artist

Oct 29 2015 - 18:30
Iranian by birth, Afshin Naghouni (Ash) has lived most of his adult life in London, where he works as a visual artist. Considered a child prodigy, Ash won a number of regional and national painting competitions between the ages of 9 and 12 and has not stopped painting since. He did his post graduate work at London Metropolitan University, in the Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design. The documentary film, Out of Focus, directed by ...

Iranian Regional Music: A scholar's view

Aug 29 2015 - 18:30
Mohammadreza Darvishi was born in 1955, in Shiraz. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Tehran with honors in composition. Darvishi has taught at several universities in Iran and given many lectures all around the world. He has travelled to Iran's cities and villages for about 30 years in search for the lost roots of Iranian regional music. The fruit of this endeavor is “The encyclopedia of Iranian Musical Instruments” that received SEM’ ...

The Archaeology of a Sound: Searching for the music of Abdolqader Maraqi - A master musician of 14th century Iran

Aug 28 2015 - 18:30
Mohammadreza Darvishi was born in 1955, in Shiraz. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Tehran with honors in composition. Darvishi has taught at several universities in Iran and given many lectures all around the world. He has travelled to Iran's cities and villages for about 30 years in search for the lost roots of Iranian regional music. The fruit of this endeavor is “The encyclopedia of Iranian Musical Instruments” that received SEM’ ...

Modernity and Iranian Drama

May 29 2015 - 18:30
Hamid Amjad is an award winning Playwright, director, actor, and scholar. Over the last twenty-five years, he has published more than twenty plays, three film scripts, two short story collections, and two studies on Iranian theater.  Some of his plays have been translated into other languages. In 2012, Amjad directed his first feature movie, “Laboratory”, with a notable cast including Reza Kianian, Afshin Heshemi, and Baran Kowsari. He holds a ...

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