The “About” and “News and Announcements” pages have been updated for the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. We have a number of upcoming lectures and presentations, all of which promise to be interesting and provoke lively discussion, and we hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday evenings throughout the year.
We plan to record as many of this year’s lectures as possible and to post links to the recordings on this blog, as has been done in the past. So you can check this site frequently for news and schedule updates, as well as to listen to lectures that you were unable to attend in person.
به امید دیدار
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 talk here.
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.
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 below.
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.
Theo is currently a graduate student in the NELC department at the University of Chicago, and he spent last year, as well as the three previous summers, working in Afghanistan at various NGOs. He spoke about his experiences living and working in Afghanistan, as well as presenting a slide show with photographs. You can listen to his talk here (part 1, part 2).
Barbara Scharres, the Director of Programming at Gene Siskel Film Center, discuss Iranian film and the upcoming Festival of Films from Iran. Her talk is in English.
Zohreh Ghahremani, author and poet, discusses her new novel Sky of Red Poppies. Listen to her talk here.