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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 ...

Feminine Body, Feminine Mind: The Body of Woman in the Iranian Women Directors' Films

Jan 13 2015 - 18:30
Naghmeh Samini was born in Iran and received her BA in Drama and MA in Cinema both from the University of Tehran. She earned her PhD in Drama and mythology. More than twenty of her plays have been staged in Iran, France, and India, and some have received readings in the United Kingdom and the U.S. This award-winning playwright has also written several screenplays. She has been working as a professor at the University of Tehran since 2005 and has ...

Simin Behbahani: An Icon and Iconoclast

Dec 13 2014 - 16:00
Guest Speakers: Omid Behbahani, Bahram Beyzaie, Farzaneh Milani, Marie Ostby and Kaveh Safa   Bahram Beyzaie: "Poem reading in memory of Simin Behbahani" Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran's most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, both secular and religious. He was a leader of the generation of filmmakers known as the Iranian New Wave, beginning in the late 1960s, and has since directed more than a ...

Seventh Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Iraj Pezeshkzad

Nov 7 2014 - 18:30
Award Recipient: Iraj Pezeshkzad Iraj Pezeshkzad was born in Tehran in 1928, and educated in Iran and France where he received his degree in Law. He served as a judge in the Iranian Judiciary for five years prior to joining the Iranian Foreign Service. He began writing in the early 1950s by translating the works of Voltaire and Molière into Persian and by writing short stories for magazines. His novels include Haji Mam-ja'far in Paris, and ...

Looking for Arash the Archer: Searching for the Origins of an Ancient Iran

May 9 2014 - 19:00
Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran's most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, both secular and religious. He was a leader of the generation of filmmakers’ known as the Iranian New Wave, beginning in the late 1960s, and has since directed more than a dozen prize-winning films. He has also conducted pioneering research into the roots of ancient legends derived from Indo-Iranian mythology and known ...

Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists: Dena Taherianfar

Mar 12 2014 - 19:00
For the past seven years, we have been giving an annual award, named the Bita Prize for Persian Letters. The winners have been some of the most prominent Iranian writers, poets, vocalists, and playwrights of our time—from Simin Behbahani and Mohammad Reza Shajarian (the first the poet laureate of the people and the second  the country's most beloved vocalist), to Bahram Beyzaie (the eminent film-maker and playwright) and Mahshid Amirshahy (the ...

Film Screening of Kamran Shirdel's Films: Women's Quarter 1966-1980, Women's Prison 1965, Tehran is the Capital of Iran 1966-1980, and The Night it Rained 1967

Feb 27 2014 - 18:30
Film screening of Kamran Shirdel’s films:Women’s Quarter 1966-1980 (18 min) Women’s Prison 1965 (11 min) Tehran is the Capital of Iran 1966-1980 (18 min)The Night it Rained 1967 (35 min)Films with English subtitles Kamran Shirdel was born in Tehran 1939. He studied architecture and design in the University of Rome and film direction at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (CSC), also in the eternal city. During his studies he had Roberto ...

In Memory of Amin Banani: A Life in Letters and Iranian Studies

Feb 25 2014 - 18:30
Guests: Sheila Banani, Firuz Kazemzadeh, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Wali Ahmadi, John Eilts, Bahram Beyzaie and Abbas Milani “In Memory of Amin Banani: A life in letters and Iranian Studies” Event in English Professor Amin Banani was one of the first Iranians to receive a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. He went on to a sterling career in founding the Iranian Studies Program at UCLA, he remained an engaged Stanford Alumni and an avid ...

Sixth Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Mahshid Amirshahy

Nov 15 2013 - 19:00
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters, in the Iranian Studies Program will present the Sixth Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts on Friday, November 15th, 2013. The recipient of this year's Bita Prize for Persian Arts is Ms. Mahshid Amirshahy Guest: Mahshid Amirshahy Mahshid Amirshahy was a prodigy when she published her first short stories as a teenager—stories at once defiant, deliberate and disciplined. Over an illustrious career ...

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