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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’ ...

Film Screening: "The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries"

Aug 12 2015 - 19:00
This is the sixth of eight films in the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running from June 17th to August 26th.  This year's festival features films from around the world that focus on the topic of “Imagining Empire: A Global Retrospective” and offers a flexible lens with which to look at both historical and contemporary geopolitical and socioeconomic contexts. This film is a satirical comedy about a poor farmer who, while plowing his field, ...

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 ...

An Evening with Iranian Scholars

Apr 26 2015 - 18:00
The Iranian Studies Program and the Persian Student Association are proud to present an event celebrating the work of Iranian scholars and professors at Stanford University. The multiplicity and richness of scholarship conducted at Stanford by these scholars is a source of pride for every Iranian around the world. Our intent is to create a platform for them to share their experiences and research with the broader Iranian community and to become ...

The Garden in the Carpet / The Carpet in the Garden

Feb 26 2015 - 18:30
Faryar Javaherian is an Iranian architect and curator, born in Mahshad, Khorassan, raised in Paris, France and educated in the United States. She studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors in 1973, then at MIT and Harvard where she received her Master's in Urban Design in 1976. She co-founded Gamma Consultants recognized as the leading office in Museum and Persian Garden design in ...

I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV

Feb 18 2015 - 18:30
Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which first aired on Comedy Central. He has had two Showtime specials, Brown and Friendly and most recently, I Come In Peace. He performs stand-up live around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. Maz has also performed stand up on THE TONIGHT SHOW and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. Most recently, Maz starred as the title ...

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