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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
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
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
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
Nov 8 2013 - 18:30
Reza Ghassemi is an artist of myriad talents and many accomplishments. He is a prize-winning playwright, director, and novelist. He is also an accomplished musician--a master sitar player and composer. He has lived in Paris since 1986, where some of his novels have been translated into French and his plays performed on stage and French television. He will be talking about and reading from the novel he is currently working on.
Some of his
Feb 21 2013 - 18:30
Workshop in Iranian Studies.
Instructor: Bahram Beyzaie
The five series workshop will be based on the following topics: 2/21: THE MEANING OF SHAHNAMEH AS A SOCIAL WORK2/28: NON WRITTEN MYTHS OF PRE-SHAHNAMEH PERIOD 3/7: THE CREATION OF MANKIND AND AFTER3/14: ANALYTIC VIEW OF THE LEGEND OF ROSTAM AND SOHRAB 3/16: IRANIAN MYTHS IN TRADITIONAL SPECTACLES (WATCH ALL WORKSHOP VIDEOS ON IRANIAN STUDIES YOUTUBE CHANNEL)
Bahram Beyzaie is one of the
Nov 29 2012 - 19:00
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters, in the Iranian Studies Program will present the Bita Prize for Literature on Thursday, November 29th, 2012.
The recipient of this year's Bita Prize for Literature is Mr. Houshang Seyhoun
Houshang Seyoun is a renowned artist and architect known for his significant contributions to a new aesthetic of Iranian modernity and urban modernism. Born in Tehran in 1920, he received a degree in architecture
Nov 10 2011 - 18:30
Fourth Annual Bita Prize for Literature
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters, in the Iranian Studies Program will present the Bita Prize for Literature on Thursday, November 10th, 2011.
The recipient of this year's Bita Prize for Literature is Mr. Bahram Beyzaie.
Bahram Beyzaie, Visiting Professor, Stanford University
Nov 19 2010 - 18:30
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters, with Stanford's Iranian Studies Program, presented the Third Annual Bita Prize for Literature on November 19th, 2010, to Mr. Mohammad-Reza Shajarian.
For two generations of Iranians, their most personal moments of the sublime, and their most public expressions of social exuberance, their joys of love and their pains of separation have been inseparable from the tender and thunderous voice and music
Nov 12 2009 - 19:00
The second annual Bita Prize in Persian Arts is awarded to Ms. Goli Taraghi
A Writer of Many Worlds
Goli Taraghi is a writer of myriad talents. Whether contemplating the place of “the mythical mother of life” in human consciousness, or writing about the larger than life figure of her father—a real estate and publishing magnate, an Iranian Citizen Kane, in her words— whether describing the sad and satirical absurdities of her life in