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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
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
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
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
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,
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
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).
Oct 21 2016 - 17:00
Written and directed acclaimed Iranian playwright Bahram Beyzaie.
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
Oct 12 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. Bahram Beyzaie is a well-known Iranian critic, researcher, teacher, playwright, stage director (and producer), screenwriter and filmmaker (director, producer and editor).The play is being performed at De Anza College's Visual and Performing Arts Center on October 21, 22
Oct 4 2016 - 18:30
Join us for a film screening of "This Is Not a Film" by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Film screening will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Panahi (via Skype from Iran) and Mr. Mirtahmasb.
Jafar Panahi is an award-winning Iranian director, writer, and producer. His films have been banned by the Iranian government, he has been arrested several times, and sentenced to a 20 year ban on making films, writing scripts, giving interviews, or