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The Idea of Iranshahr and Its Cultural Heritage

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.

A Fireside Chat with Omid Kordestani, Google's "Business Founder" and the Executive Chairman of Twitter

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 ...

Forugh Farrokhzad: A Literary Biography and Unpublished Letters

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 ...

The Golden Age of Animation in Iran

Jan 17 2017 - 18:30
Nouredin Zarrinkelk studied animation in Ghent, Belgium and Jiry Trnka studios in Czech Republic. He has also founded animation schools. His lecture will cover the history of modern Iranian animation and include a few of his films. Mr. Zarrinkelk with have copies of a few of his book available for sale after the event and he has kindly agreed to sign copies

The Other Side of Reza Allamehzadeh

Dec 13 2016 - 18:30
Reza Allamehzadeh is a prominent Iranian-born Dutch filmmaker, film critic, and writer. We are pleased to announce that he has just donated his entire film archive to Stanford University. This collection includes dozens of hours of never seen interviews with some of Iran’s most important modern figures including the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, the poet Simin Behbahani, the prominent writer Ali-ashraf Darvishian, and Maurice Capithorne and Ahmad ...

Iran's Water Crisis

Nov 17 2016 - 18:30
Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a serious water crisis. Dr. Kaveh Madani discusses the roots, current status, impending risks, and possible solutions. He is a Reader of Environmental Management in the Centre for Environmental Policy at the Imperial College London, and an expert in water resources planning management in arid areas including Middle East and California ...

Ninth Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Shahrnush Parsipur

Nov 11 2016 - 18:30
Award Recipient: Shahrnush Parsipur We are very pleased to announce that the recipient of the Ninth Bita Prize for Persian Arts is Ms. Shahrnush Parsipur. Ms. Parsipur is an acclaimed novelist and writer whose books have been translated in several languages. Her collection of short stories, Women Without Men (available in English) was adapted into a feature film by Shirin Neshat. The award ceremony will include talks by Dean Richard Saller, ...

Jewish Humor: What It All Means

Nov 1 2016 - 20:00
Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is Professor of English at San Francisco State. He has also taught in Stanford’s Continuing Education Program. He is the award winning host of KQED’s Forum, the weekday talk program broadcast on the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate and Sirius radio. He is also author of Off Mike (Stanford University Press, 2007); Spiritual Envy (New World Press, 2012); co-author of Sound Ideas (McGraw-Hill) and his latest book is Let There Be ...

The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East

Oct 24 2016 - 12:30
A lecture by Jay Solomon on his most recent book "The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East."  Co-sponsored by the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies.  Moderated by Abbas Milani (Director, Iranian Studies) with an introduction by Michael McFaul (Director, FSI). 

Tarabnameh: Part 2

Oct 21 2016 - 17:00
Written and directed acclaimed Iranian playwright Bahram Beyzaie.   PERFORMANCES: Friday, October 21st, 5:30 PM Saturday, October 22nd, 4:00 PM Sunday, October 23rd, 4:00 PM Friday, October 28th, 5:30 PM Sunday, October 30th, 4:00 PM   DESCRIPTION: A hadji sets out to sell his servant and buy in his place a young slave girl. On the way, they see a poet about to be beheaded; a young lover in search of a purloined beloved; and ...