Ali Papoli-Yazdi: Modernity and the Demise of Manliness

Thanks to Ali for a fascinating talk yesterday! For those who couldn’t make it, here is the audio recording: download the MP3 or use the embedded player. I edited out the movie clips, but you can watch them using the YouTube links below:

Kandoo (کندو) – http://youtu.be/7QV_gVuS4lg?t=1h15m45s
Fereydoun Goleh on Kandoo – http://youtu.be/bftit2lMEtM?t=39m6s

Amir Normandi on the Now Ruz parade

Dear all:

For those of you who were not able to make it to Mr. Normandi’s talk about the Chicago Now Ruz Parade, you can listen to his presentation by downloading the MP3 or using the embedded media player. I edited out the video clips he played, but you can see them by following the YouTube links below:

Interview with Frank Lewis
Interview with Mateo Farzaneh
Interview with Abbas Alizadeh
Setting up for the parade

Some films to look out for

Thank you for coming to Barbara Scharres’ talk! We did not record the Circle, but below I am attaching trailers to some of the movies that were mentioned. In addition, I recommend that you visit the Festival of Films From Iran for more great films to see.

Some trailers:

Manuscripts Don’t Burn, Mohammad Rasoulof (2013)

Closed Curtain, Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi

This Is Not A Film, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (2011)

Dog Sweat, Hossein Keshavarz (2010)

Circumstance, Maryam Keshavarz (2011)

Fish & Cat, Shahram Mokri (2013)

Fat Shaker, Mohammad Shirvani (2013)

A Cinema of Discontent, Jamsheed Akrami (2013)

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.)

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.