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Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from Diaspora

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 ...

Coming from Nowhere: Breaking Free of Cultural Branding and Identity Politics

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. ...

From Isfahan to Irvine

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 ...

Documenting the Contributions of Iranian Americans: A New Approach

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- ...

The World Bank and Climate Change

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 ...

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 ...