The Persian Circle is a weekly lecture in Persian at the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. This lecture series includes social, cultural and academic discussions about the Persian-speaking world and is led by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The opinions of the speakers are their own. Background pattern created by ransie3.
- Cameron Cross discusses “Vis o Rāmin”
- Dr. Naser Keyvan’s talk
- Iranian films at the Siskel Center
- Hayedeh Torabi: A Review of “A Separation”
- Welcome, and updates
- Fatih Kurşun: My trip to Iran
- Teaching Persian in Tajikistan
- Matt Stolper: The Persepolis Fortification Archive
- Bruce Lincoln: An Introduction to Pre-Islamic Iranian Religions
- Saeed Ghahremani: Torbati Dialect, a Khorāsāni Dialect, and the Struggle to Keep It Alive through Poetry
- Dr. Reza Varjavand: Government Spending in Iran
- Theo Beers: Living and Working in Afghanistan
- Barbara Scharres
- Zohreh Ghahremani
SpeakersAliev Bahriddin Austin O'Malley Barbara Scharres Bruce Lincoln Chad Mowbray cinema Fatih Kurşun film Hayedeh Torabi Heshmat Moayyad James Clark Kaveh Ehsani Kaveh Hemmat Kioumars Ghereghlou Maqam Matt Stolper Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa Mohammad Majdzadeh Ms. Fazeli Ms. Niyavarani Ms. Zendebad Naser Keyvan Pedram Partovi poetry Reza Varjavand Rumi Saeed Ghahremani Stephen Kinzer Theo Beers Zohreh Ghahremani
Category Archives: Presentations
Dr. Keyvan gave a fascinating talk on Wednesday, Oct. 24 about the relationship between the works and world-view of Mowlānā Rumi, and the scientific field of quantum mechanics. His talk, and some of the discussion that followed, was recorded. You … Continue reading
For those who attended Barbara Scharres’ excellent talk earlier today – and for those who missed out! – we encourage you to go to the Gene Siskel Film Center over the next couple weeks, and to watch some of the … Continue reading
Ms. Torabi gave a thought-provoking talk earlier today about the film Nader and Simin: A Separation. Although today’s discussion was not recorded, you can read the text of Ms. Torabi’s review of the film, which was originally published in the … Continue reading
Fatih Kurşun, a PhD student at the University to Chicago, describes he latest trip to Iran. Listen to his talk here.
Dr. James Clark, Ms. Niyavarani, Ms. Fazeli, and Ms. Zendebad, all of whom work with the Persian CLS (Critical Language Scholarship) program in Tajikistan, talk about their experiences and challenges of teaching American students Persian in Tajikistan. Listen to the … Continue reading
Prof. Stolper discusses the historical importance of the Persepolis Fortification Archive, and the steps that are being taken to make the archive available to scholars. Listen to his talk (in English) here.
Prof. Bruce Lincoln gave us a very useful introduction to Pre-Islamic Iranian Religions. Listen to his talk here.
Saeed Ghahremani: Torbati Dialect, a Khorāsāni Dialect, and the Struggle to Keep It Alive through Poetry
گویش تربتی، یکی از گویشهای خراسان، و تلاش برای زنده نگه داشتن آن از طریق شعر
You can listen to the talk here. The ghazal that we listened to can be downloaded here. The pictures from the slide show are displayed … Continue reading
Dr. Reza Varjavand discusses how government spending in Iran affects the Iranian economy, and how economic issues influence Iranian policy decisions. You can listen to his talk here.