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The Psychology of Democracy

Sep 29 2016 - 18:30
Revolutions in Russia (1917), China (1949), Iran (1979), Egypt (2011), and a number of other societies have failed to bring about democracy. At the same time, democracy in the United States and other industrialized societies remains seriously flawed. The Psychology of Democracy (Moghaddam, 2016) explored some psychological processes that influence the speed and extent of collective and individual level changes toward 'actualized' democracy. Dr. ...

SGS Summer Film Festival: I am Taraneh, 15

Aug 31 2016 - 19:00
Fifteen-year-old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, works and attends school to make a better life for herself. She is pursued by Amir, a successul carpet salesman. She refuses him until his mother persuades Taraneh to accept his marriage proposal. The couple soon realize that they are incompatible, they divorce and Amir emigrates back to Germany. After the divorce, Taraneh discovers that she is pregnant and she makes the difficult ...


Aug 25 2016 - 18:30
Shabnam Tolouei is an Iranian actress, director and playwright. She studied filmmaking in Iran at Bagh-Ferdos Film School and has a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Université Paris X, Nanterre, France. She has been writing short stories for cultural magazines since 1990, acting on stage since 1993, and writing plays since 1994. Forbidden from working in Iran by the government due to her religion, she moved to Paris and continues her work as an ...

Hjalmar Schacht, Reza Shah and the Nazi New Order in Iran, 1933-1941

Apr 28 2016 - 18:30
Jennifer L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Weltpolitik on the Persian Frontier: Germany and Iran in the Age of Empire about German-Iranian relations from the Crimean War to Operation Barbarossa.

The Emergence of 'New Eloquence': Reflections of Houshang Golshiri's Prose

Apr 19 2016 - 18:30
Amir Ahmadi Arian is an Iranian writer and translator. He has published a collection of stories, Fragments of a Crime in 2005, and his novel, The Cogwheels, published in 2009, was shortlisted for Golshiri award. His translation work includes novels by Paul Auster, Cormac Mccarthy, E.L. Doctorow, and P.D James into Persian.

Tarabnameh Panel Discussion

Apr 12 2016 - 19:00
Professor Bahram Beyzaie will be joined by the actors from his newest play, Tarabnameh, for a panel discussion open to the public. They will be discussing Tarabnameh and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Event will be in Persian.

Alternative Art Spaces and Practices in Iran

Apr 4 2016 - 18:30
Sohrab Kashani is an interdisciplinary artist and an independent curator based in Tehran. He has exhibited and held talks at numerous acclaimed institutions, universities, and museums worldwide. Sohrab is the founder and director of Sazmanab, an artist collective based in Tehran and on the internet.

Tarabnameh: Part 1

Mar 26 2016 - 17:00
A play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie 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 troubadours, their profession banned, desperate to bring joy and laughter to any face. In short, the world they see is all topsy-turvy. Tarabnameh has its genealogy in the tradition of Takhte-Hozi plays—a tradition of ...

Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Mar 9 2016 - 18:00
Frontiers of Science Interdisciplinary Project Presents: “Evolution of Goodness: Empathy in Animals and Humans” A lecture by Frans B.M de Waal Does morality come from God, as many religions believe, offering a foundation of theocracy, or could there be biological explanations that have more to do with evolution than Divine design? In this lecture, De Waal will discuss the sense of fairness in animals and will review expressions of empathy in ...

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