Kaveh Ehsani: The Oil Industry and Abadan in the 1920s

Thanks to those of you who came to yesterday’s fascinating talk! For those of you who were unable to come, Prof. Ehsani has graciously allowed me to put up the slides and the audio recording of the session for you to enjoy here. Listen below or download the mp3.

Farrokh Asadi speaks about “Judith”

Last week, Dr. Farrokh Asadi gave us a short introduction to his film, “Judith”, an adaptation of Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife”. You can listen to his presentation in the player below.

Download the mp3 here. Plus, you can see the Director’s notes to the film in English and in Persian.

Many thanks to Dr. Asadi for his interesting talk and beautiful film! از لطف او بسیار سپاس گذاریم.

Prof. Alireza Doostdar’s presentation

After a busy and successful year, we can at last begin uploading recordings of recent Persian Circle talks! First is a presentation by Prof. Alireza Doostdar, of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, about “The Iranian Society of Spiritism/Psychology/Experimental Soul-Science.” You can listen to it here.

NB: Prof. Doostdar had a PowerPoint presentation to go with his talk, so the plain audio may be missing certain details. Also, due to a technical problem, there is a short gap in the recording during the Q&A.

Please stay tuned for more recordings, which we will continue to post until the backlog is cleared. (Apologies again for the delay.)

Cameron Cross discusses “Vis o Rāmin”

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, Cameron Cross presented some of his literary research on Vis o Rāmin, a Persian narrative poem written in the mid-11th century CE by Gorgāni. The discussion centered on the poem’s portrayal of characters’ falling in love. Cameron’s remarks, and the Q&A that followed, were recorded. You can listen to it here.

Iranian films at the Siskel Center

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 great Iranian films that they’re showing. You can find details about the Center’s Festival of Films from Iran at the link below.

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/iran2012

Hayedeh Torabi: A Review of “A Separation”

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 journal Baran, at the link below.

http://www.iran-women-solidarity.net/spip.php?article2536

Teaching Persian in Tajikistan

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 talk here.