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Iran's Water Crisis

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 ...

Ninth Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Shahrnush Parsipur

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, ...

Jewish Humor: What It All Means

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 ...

The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East

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). 

Tarabnameh: Part 2

Oct 21 2016 - 17:00
Written and directed acclaimed Iranian playwright Bahram Beyzaie.   PERFORMANCES: 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 ...

Tarabnameh: Part 2, Discussion

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 ...

This Is Not a Film

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 ...

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 ...