Feb. 21: Austin O’Malley on Attar’s quatrains

Salaam!
Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, February 21 with our own
Dr. Austin O’Malley:
 
 معرفی رباعیات عطار
An Introduction to Attar’s quatrains

 
 This talk will focus on ʿAṭṭâr’s Mokhtâr-nâma, the earliest authorially curated and thematically organized quatrain collection in Persian. After introducing and discussing ʿAṭṭar, the quatrain form, and the Mokhtâr-nâma, we will read, translate, and discuss some of its quatrains and ʿAṭṭâr’s prose introduction to the work.

This talk will be in Persian. There will be an introduction in English for interested students at 4pm in the NELC Lounge (3rd floor, Pick Hall).
 
There will be tea & sweets!
  
 
Tuesday, Feb. 21
4pm: Introduction in English (NELC Lounge, 3rd floor, Pick Hall)
4:30pm: Persian Circle talk (Pick Hall 218)
 (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)
 
See you there!
Alexandra

 

Feb. 14: Fariba Zarinebaf on Iranian Diaspora and Cityscapes of Memory in LA

Salaam!
Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30 pm with Prof. Fariba Zarinebaf (UC Riverside):
 
 
“Iranian Diaspora and Cityscapes of Memory in LA”
 
The talk will be in English and Persian
 
 
Fariba Zarinebaf received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Islamic history and is currently teaching at UC Riverside. Her book, Crime and Punishment in Istanbul, 1700-1800 (published 2010), examines the history of violence, criminality, policing and punishment in Istanbul from the eighteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. For the Persian Circle, she will look at the cities of Los Angeles (and Chicago) and their connection to the Iranian Diaspora.
 
 
 
There will be tea & sweets! 
 
 
Tuesday, February 14
4:30 – 6pm in Pick Hall 218
 (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)
 
See you there,
Alexandra

Feb 7: A play reading with Ezzat Goushegir

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, February 7 at 4:30pm with playwright Ezzat Goushegir:

“I’m not an Exceptionalist!”

A play reading

The reading will be in English, comments by the author will be in Persian.

 

Ezzat Goushegir is a playwright, author and film critic.  She has performed her plays internationally as well as published five books (in Farsi), including three collections of short stories. Feminist perspective has the center role and interest in her writing. She brings a global and international perspective to her work by questioning social, political and gender issues.

Her plays have been translated into French, Arabic and Mandarin and produced by a variety of theater companies including “Maryam’s pregnancy”, which won a Richard Maibaum award and “Behind the curtains”, recipient at a Norman Felton award.  She is the member of “The Dramatists Guild of America” and “The Association of Writers and Writing Program”. Currently she teaches at (SNL) DePaul University in Chicago.

There will be tea & sweets!

Tuesday, February 7

4:30-6pm: Persian Circle talk (Pick Hall 218)

 (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

 

See you there,

Alexandra

Jan. 31: Elise Auerbach

انجمن سخن فارسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, January 31 at 4:30pm with Dr. Elise Auerbach:

“Human Rights in Iran during a time of transition”

This talk will be in English.  

Elise Auerbach is the Iran country specialist for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). She has been a member of AIUSA’s Middle East Coordination Group, which coordinates and monitors the work done by Amnesty International USA on the Middle East, since 1995. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She produces materials on Iran for use by Amnesty International activists and the public and on the AIUSA web site, has written both public and internal documents for Amnesty International, has been quoted as an Amnesty International spokesperson on Iran in the media, has given interviews on CNN, Voice of America, NPR and PRI’s The World, and other media outlets, speaks at a variety of venues and has represented Amnesty International at press conferences. She works with Amnesty International staff and volunteers as well as partner organizations to organize events such as press conferences, rallies and seminars, as well as to plan and carry out campaigns and other actions. She has worked on numerous asylum and refugee cases from Iran. She is currently the acting chair of the Amnesty International USA Country Specialist Refugee Casework Committee which oversees all the work done by AIUSA on behalf of asylum seekers and those contesting removal based on the provisions of CAT. 

There will be tea & sweets!  

Tuesday, Jan. 31

4:30-6pm: Persian Circle talk (Pick Hall 218)

 (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637) 

See you there,
Alexandra

Jan. 24: Ario Mashayekhi

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, January 24 at 4:30pm with artist Ario Mashayekhi:

انسانیت در میان بی رحمی انسان

مشاهده هنری به زیبایی در برابر فجایع انسانی

Humanity Amidst Inhumanities. An Artistic view to Beauty in the Face of Human Atrocities

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(self-portrait of the artist)

Ario Mashayekhi works professionally as a painter, sculptor and actor. In his visual art, Ario illustrates universal human conditions from pain and sorrow and isolation to the struggle to survive and the will to go beyond to promote the beauty and richness of life and the attainment of love. Through the years his artwork has been displayed in many individual & group shows and various publications, and has been honored by several awards. Ario holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts, Painting, and Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

This talk will be in Persian. There will be tea & sweets!

Tuesday, Jan. 24
4:30 pm
in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

 

See you there!
Alexandra

Jan. 17: Saeed Yousef reads from his poetry collections

Salaam! Please join us for the very first Persian Circle of this year on Tuesday, January 17 at 4:30pm with our own Saeed Yousef Ghahremani:

میان واقع و رؤیا، همیشه شعر پلی ست

سعید یوسف نمونه هائی از اشعار خود را از چهار کتاب شعر جدید که در دست چاپ دارد خواهد خواند

 

A Bridge between Reality and Dreams

Saeed Yousef reads from his four recent collections of poems (to be released soon)

 

This talk will be in Persian. There will be an introduction in English for students at 4pm in the NELC Lounge (3rd floor, Pick Hall). Come for tea & sweets!

 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

4pm: Introduction in English (NELC Lounge, 3rd floor, Pick Hall)

4:30pm: Persian Circle talk (Pick Hall 218)

(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL

Be omid-e didaar,

Alexandra

 

Winter Quarter Schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

Best wishes for a productive and happy new year! Please join us this quarter for the Persian Circle, a weekly event for all students, faculty, and those interested in Persian and Iran. We will meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm in Pick Hall 218 (5828 S University Ave) and enjoy talks on a variety of topics by faculty, students, and professionals. We will start meeting next week, but to give you a sneak peek of what is waiting for you in winter quarter, here is the schedule of talks not to be missed:

Jan. 17, Saeed Yousef:*

میانِ واقع و رؤیا، همیشه شعر پُلی ست

سعید یوسف نمونه هائی از اشعار خود را از چهار کتاب شعر جدید که در دست چاپ دارد خواهد خواند

„A Bridge between Reality and Dreams. Saeed Yousef reads from his four recent collections of poems (to be released soon)”

Jan. 24, Ario Mashayekhi:

انسانیت در میان بی رحمی انسان

مشاهده هنری به زیبایی در برابر فجایع انسانی

“Humanity Amidst Inhumanities. An Artistic view to Beauty in the Face of Human Atrocities”

Jan. 31, Dr. Elise Auerbach*: “Human Rights in Iran during a time of transition”

Feb. 7, Ezzat Goushegir (DePaul University), TBA

Feb. 14, Dr. Fariba Zarinebaf* (UC Riverside): “Iranian Diaspora and Cityscapes of Memory in LA”

Feb. 21, Austin O’Malley* (NELC, Uchicago), TBA

Feb. 28, Dr. Ali Mousavi (UCLA):

سهم آمریکا در مطالعات باستانشناسی در ایران

“American Contribution to the Archaeology of Iran”

March 7, Nowruz Special*

*These sessions will be either be in English, in English and Persian, preceded by an introductory part in English for students, or the talk will be designed explicitly for students’ needs. Details will be announced for each talk.

Announcements for event details will be posted around Pick Hall and online, through the Persian list and others, as well as on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/uchicagopersiancircle/)

There will always be tea and sweets – so come, sit down, treat yourself and be a part of the Persian speaking community.

See you on Tuesdays!
به امید دیدار
Alexandra

 

Nov. 29: Prof. Nasrin Qader on Asef Soltanzadeh’s “Two of Clubs”

Salaam!

Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the last Persian Circle talk this year! Our speaker is Prof. Nasrin Qader (Northwestern University):

ملاقات در مرز بخت وطالع: ’دو تایی پشه‘ بقلم آصف سلطانزاده

Encounter on the border of chance and destiny: Asef Soltanzadeh’s ‘Two of Clubs’

*This talk will be in Persian.*
There will be tea & sweets

Tuesday, Nov. 29
4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

See you there!

Nov. 22: Alireza Doostdar on Hollywood, Satanism and Cosmopolitanism

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with Prof. Alireza Doostdar:

هالیوود، شیطانپرستی و جهانوطنی

Hollywood, Satanism and Cosmopolitanism

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In this talk, Prof. Doostdar examines the contrasting ways in which Hollywood supernatural thrillers and horror cinema are received in Iran, and offers some remarks on what these responses reveal about attitudes to cultural differences and the powers that shape them.

*This talk will be in Persian.*

It will be preceded by an introduction to the topic and vocabulary by the speaker, designed to help students learning Persian to follow the talk. To join the introduction, come to the NELC Lounge at 4pm (Pick Hall, 3rd floor). The regular talk starts at 4:30pm in Pick Hall 218.

There will be tea & sweets!
Be omid-e didaar,

Alexandra

Nov. 15: Ahmad Arbaboun on Murtada al-Ansari’s School of Philosophical Jurisprudence

Salaam!

Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, November 15 with Ahmad Arbaboun (CMES Alumnus):

مکتب اصول فلسفی شیخ مرتضی انصاری (وفات 1864 میلادی – 1281 هجری قمری)

“Murtaḍá al-Anṣārī’s (d. 1864) School of Philosophical Jurisprudence”

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In this talk Ahmad Arbaboun will be looking at a crucial point in the history of Shi’i jurisprudence where after a period of intellectual debates that surrounded the discipline, and in the absence of a strong court support, Murtaḍá al-Anṣārī, a scholar with a wide range of training in the various schools of Shi’i intellectual sciences, formulated a philosophical approach and technique for the discovery of legal rulings. Ansari’s efforts and intellectual capabilities have placed him at the intersection of the three main intellectual currents of his time: the post-Akhbari jurisprudential school of al-Muḥaqqiq al-Qummī, the authoritative school of law of the Kāshif al-Ghiṭā’ family and that of Mullā Aḥmad al-Narāqī’s, and the philosophical school of Mullā Ṣadrā as transmitted to him through Mullā Hādī al-Sabzawārī. Despite the historical significance of these intellectual encounters and the environment in which Ansari’s ideas come to fruition, Ahmad Arbaboun will focus on the philosophical significance of the Ansari school of philosophical jurisprudence by an analysis of Ansari’s corpus of jurisprudential and legal works.

This talk will be preceded by an introduction to the topic and key vocabulary in English, designed to help students learning Persian to follow the talk. To join the introduction, come to the NELC Lounge at 4pm (Pick Hall, Third Floor). The regular talk starts at 4:30pm in Pick Hall 218. During the talk, the speaker will provide explanations for various concepts and arguments in a simpler language, and will encourage students to interrupt when needed. A list of key terminology will be distributed.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Introduction for students: 4pm in the NELC Lounge (3rd floor, Pick Hall)
Regular talk: 4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

Be omid-e didaar,
Alexandra