The Persian and Iranian Studies Program at the University of Washington is dedicated to promoting teaching, scholarship, and thoughtful public discourse about all aspects of the history and culture of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. All but one of the events listed below are free and open to the public. For information about undergraduate and graduate courses in Persian studies at the University of Washington, please see the Program’s homepage: http://depts.washington.edu/neareast/persia/. The Program is based in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization.
10/8 AFGHANISTAN PANEL, 3-4:30 PM, Thompson Hall, room 135
Nassim Assefi (novelist, physician, and aid worker), Suzanne Griffin (Seattle Community College), and Phelps Feely (University of Washington):“Development Work in Afghanistan: Accomplishments, Opportunities, and Challenges.” Co-sponsored with the South Asian Center, Jackson School for International Studies.
10/13 PERSIAN LANGUAGE PANEL, 2:30-4 PM, Kirkland Library (308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, 98033): Shahrzad Shams (NELC Persian Lecturer) and Khodi Kaviani (School of Education): “Resources for Teaching and Learning Persian at Home”
10/18 PERSIAN STUDIES WORKSHOP, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Kayhan Nejad (senior NELC major): “Impressions from a summer in Tajikistan”
10/24 PERSIAN CIRCLE (UW Student Group), An informal evening of poetry and music in celebration of Mehregan, 7-9 PM, Cherry Street Coffee House, 1223 E. Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98122
11/8 PERSIAN STUDIES WORKSHOP, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Rachel Cook (MA student, Middle East Center, JSIS, and UW Law School): “Islamic Law and the Orphanages of Afghanistan”
11/ 16 MUSIC OF IRAN, 7-10 PM, Seattle Asian Art Museum (Capitol Hill)
An evening of twelve performers of traditional and contemporary Iranian music.
Tickets will be sold through the box office of the Seattle Art Museum ($12 for the general public; $9 for UW students, faculty, and employees). Co-sponsored with the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas and Ethnomusicology, UW School of Music.
11/21 PERSIAN CIRCLE, 6:30-10pm, Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, Room 181L
Film viewing: The Gardener (2013, dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf):http://www.thegardenerfilm.com, an entertaining documentary that revolves around the life of a gardener at the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.
12/19 PERSIAN CIRCLE, 7-9 PM, Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge, 927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Discussion of select stories from Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers (University of Arkansas Press, 2013).
1/31 PERSIAN STUDIES WORKSHOP, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Jennifer Webster (History Department Ph.D. candidate): “Shrines and Healing in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan”
2/21 PERSIAN STUDIES WORKSHOP, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Maryam Badiee (NELC): “The Women’s Rights Movement in Contemporary Iran”
2/27 IRANIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS, University Bookstore, 7-8:30
Novelist Anita Amirrezvani and scholar Persis Karim: Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers. Co-sponsored with the University Bookstore.
4/11 PERSIAN STUDIES Workshop, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Alireza Karimi (University of Tabriz; full-year visiting scholar, UW History): “Intellectuals and Religious Authority in Ilkhanid Iran”
4/25 Persian Studies Workshop, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Arzoo Osanloo (Law, Society, and Justice Program): “Discretion and Reason in Iran’s New Penal Code”
5/1 IMPRESSIONS OF IRAN, 2:30-4 PM, Thompson Hall, room 317
Steve Horowitz (ESL Director, Central Washington University): “Donkeys, Dervishes, and the Borderline: An American’s Experience in Pre-revolutionary Iran.” Co-sponsored with the Middle East Center.
5/16 PERSIAN STUDIES WORKSHOP, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Samad Alavi (Asst. Professor, NELC): “Mohammad Reza Shafi’i Kadkani and The Politics of Poetic Imagination”
5/23 IRANIAN MEMOIRS, 3-4:30 PM, Smith Hall, room 307
Mahru Ghashghaei and her co-author Dr. Sue Snyder will discuss Mahru’s memoir Nine Rubies (2013), an honest, courageous, and moving account of her life in Iran between 1946 and 1985
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