The Persian Circle cordially invites you to this week’s session:
Dr. Farrokh Asadi presents “Judith”
a film adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife” that he directed. The film is 52 min. long and in English. It was selected by and premiered in Brazil’s International Brecht Symposium this past May, 2013 (see the website for the Director’s Note). It is an honor to have him speak for us, and I hope to see many of you there!
Welcome back to another year of exciting talks, presentations, and discussions! My name is Cameron Cross and, with the help of my co-conspirator Maryam Sabbaghi, I’ll be managing the program for this year. If any of you are new, the Persian Circle is a weekly event that takes place at the University of Chicago, where we host local and visiting scholars, artists, intellectuals, and researchers to come and share their interests with us in an informal and informative series of lectures in Persian. Our weekly meeting time this year will be Wednesdays, 5:00–7:00pm in 218 / 222 Pick Hall, 5828 South University Avenue. Below is a list of our upcoming speakers:
10/2/2013: Farrokh Asadi
10/9/2013: Richard and JoAnn Beal
10/16/2013: Maryam Sepehri & Anita Alkhas
10/23/2013: Kaveh Ehsani
10/30/2013: Richard Payne
11/6/2013: Mehrnaz Saeedvafa
Individual announcements for each speaker will be posted the week prior. I look forward to seeing you, and stay tuned for updates!
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.)
Please remember to keep checking our “News and Announcements” page for a list of upcoming events! Also, we have a number of talks which have been recorded in the past few months, and we will soon resume posting them to this site. Apologies for the hiatus.
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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.
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 can listen to it here.
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.
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.