Recordings ‘from the archives’

We are pleased to share recordings of the following nine Persian Circle presentations, which took place during the winter and spring of 2013. These have never been posted before (and indeed were feared lost in a hard drive crash). Without further ado:

  • 16 Jan. 2013Prof. Maryam Mosharraf of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran – Nowruz (and the Persian language) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (download)
  • 23 Jan. 2013Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The differences between poetry (she‘r) and verse (nazm): the views of Iranian poets and critics (download)
  • 27 Feb. 2013Prof. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw of Oxford University (he was at Stanford at the time) – Women Poets of the Fath-‘Ali Shah Period (in English) (download)
  • 3 Apr. 2013 – Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The Challenges of Doing the Impossible: Translating Western Poetry into Persian (Brecht’s example) (download)
  • 17 Apr. 2013Elham Mireshghi of UC Irvine – An Anthropological View of Kidney Sales in Iran (download)
  • 24 Apr. 2013Students in Prof. Franklin Lewis’ Masnavi seminar discuss their term paper research (mixed English/Persian) (download)
  • 1 May 2013Maryam Sabbaghi of the University of Chicago – Beaming Faces and Friendly Clowns: My Internship at the Mahak Hospital (download)
  • 15 May 2013Nazafarin Lotfi, Chicago-based artist – A Look at What Has Passed: From Tehran’s College of Fine Arts to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (download)
  • 29 May 2013Mohammad Sagha of the University of Chicago – Mahya: A film in the search of death, spirituality, and resurrection (download)

Spring Quarter Schedule 2015

Greetings to dear friends and colleagues,
سلام به دوستان و همکاران گرامی‌

I hope you had a wonderful Norooz holiday! At Persian Circle we have a very exciting schedule for Spring Quarter, subject to change. Feel free contact us if you have any questions or suggestions!

4/1/2015 Ali Papoli-Yazdi (Universty of Tehran)
4/8/2015 Sam Molaie (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
4/15/2015 Erfan Sharifpour (Sufi poet and musician)
4/22/2015 Shahrzad Mohammadian (SAIC)
5/6/2015 Samra Azarnouche (École pratique des hautes études-Paris)
5/13/2015 Ezzat Goushgir (DePaul University)
5/20/2015 Francesca Chubb-Confer (University of Chicago Divinity School)
5/26/2016 Ahmad Shekarchi (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran)
5/27/2015 TBA

Whether you are a professional who wishes to update us on cultural events in the greater Chicago area, an artist who wants to showcase a project, or a scholar needing a venue to workshop a paper pertaining to the Persianate world, we would love to have you at Persian Circle! Please scroll down to access recordings of previous presentations from years past, or visit Soundcloud to access recordings from this year:

Be omide didar :)

Persian Circle Winter Quarter Schedule

Greetings to dear friends and colleagues,
سلام به دوستان و همکاران گرامی‌

To kick off the new year, the Persian Circle has a very exciting Winter Quarter schedule. The Persian Circle website has finally been fixed so here’s the list below:

1/7/2015 Thibaut d’Hubert (University of Chicago)
1/14/2015 Nasim Hantehzadeh (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
1/21/2015 Nazila Fathi (Former New York Times Tehran correspondent)
1/28/2015 Mitra Fallahi (St. Xavier University)
2/3/2015 Henning Börm (University of Kostanz, Germany)
2/4/2015 Sam Hodgkin (University of Chicago)
2/11/2015 Saeed Ghahremani (University of Chicago)
2/18/2015 Elise Auerbach (Amnesty International)
3/4/2015 Nazafarin Lotfi (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
3/12/2015 Shaul Shaked (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Please stay tuned for updates! Click on link below for recordings of previous presentations from this year.

Fall 2014 Schedule

سلام به همه‌ دوستان و همکاران گرامی
Greetings to all dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome back to another year of exciting talks, presentations, and discussions! The Persian Circle is a weekly event that takes place at the University of Chicago, where we host local and visiting scholars, students, 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, 5:00pm-6:30pm in 218 Pick Hall, 5828 South University Avenue. Below is a tentative schedule of our upcoming speakers:

  • 10/1/2014: Shermin Kruse (Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Organization)
  • 10/8/2014: Cameron Cross (University of Chicago)
  • (Thursday) 10/16/2014: Hadi Jorati (Yale University/Ohio State University)
  • 10/22/2014: Sanaz Sohrabi (School of the Art Institute Chicago)
  • 10/29/2014: Arjang Khorzad (Middle East Music Ensemble)
  • 11/5/2014: Sara Rastegar (Northwestern University)
  • 11/12/2014: Ahmad Arbaboun (University of Chicago)
  • 11/19/2014: Simin Hemmati-Rasmussen (Iran House of Greater Chicago)
  • 12/3/2014: Azadeh Gholizadeh (School of the Art Institute Chicago)

Individual announcements for each speaker will be posted 1-2 days prior. I look forward to seeing you, and stay tuned for updates!

cheers,
Maryam (مریم)

June 4: Shaban Alaei

Please join us for our last session of the academic calendar! The Persian Circle presents:
انجمن سخن در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند

Shaban Alaei / شعبان علائی

پند و اندرز در بوستان و گلستان
Advice and Admonition in the Bustân and Golestân

Wed. June 4, 5:00–6:30pm
Pick 222, 5828 S University Ave

Prof. Shaban Alaei studied Persian literature, most notably Sa‘di, Hâfez, and Molavi (Rumi) under the tutelage of Professor Badi‘ozzamân Foruzânfar and Professor Sa‘id Nafisi during the late 1950s. He was a high school teaher and a professor at Kermanshah University, as well as the Teacher’s College in the Kermanshah province, positions he held for some 55 years.

به امید دیدار،
کامران

May 28: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

The Persian Circle presents:
انجمن سخن در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi / آذرین وَن دِر ویلیت علومی

برزخ نویسی : روخوانی از رمانِ
The Holy City, Dream and The Traveler

introduction in Persian, followed by a reading in English

Wed. May 28, 5:00–6:30pm
Pick 222, 5828 S University Ave

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novel FRA KEELER. She has lived in Iran, Italy, Spain, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, and received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University. She is co-author of the Words without Borders series ArtistsTalk: Israel/Palestine and Literary Journeys through Catalonia. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming in BOMB, The American Reader, The Coffin Factory, Denver Quarterly, State of the Union (an anthology of political poems by Wave Books), and &Now II: The Best Innovative Writing. A former writing resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Fulbright Scholar, she now teaches literature at the University of Notre Dame. For more information, see her personal website and her faculty page at UND.

به امید دیدار،
کامران

Maryam Alemzade on the Sepah-e Pasdaran

Thanks again to Maryam for her fascinating talk about the role and makeup of the Sepah-e Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards) in the Iran-Iraq war. You can download the talk here or listen to it using the embedded player below. During the talk, Maryam showed clips of a film which you can see in its entirety at YouTube:

May 21: Maryam Alemzade

The Persian Circle presents:
انجمن سخن در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند

Maryam Alemzade / مریم عالمزاده

The Revolutionary Guards: An Unconventional Military in a Conventional War
سپاه پاسداران و جنگ ایران – عراق: یک سازمان نظامی غیرکلاسیک در یک جنگ کلاسیک

Wed. May 21, 5:00–6:30pm
Pick 222, 5828 S University Ave

Maryam Alemzade received her B.A. in Iranian Music Performance from the University of Tehran. During her M.A. program at Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU), she changed her focus to Sociology and Cultural Studies and entitled her thesis Youth religiosity in Tehran and the capability of religious discourses in its analysis. She is now a Ph.D. student in Sociology, having studied at both at the University of Tehran and at the University of Chicago. During this time, she has pursued her interests in the sociologoy of social movements, revolution, and war.

مریم عالم‌زاده مدرک کارشناسی نوازندگی موسیقی ایرانی را از دانشگاه تهران گرفت. در دوره کارشناسی ارشد به علوم اجتماعی تغییر رشته داد و در دانشگاه علامه طباطبایی «مطالعات فرهنگی» خواند. عنوان پایان نامه ارشدش «دینداری جوانان در تهران و ظرفیت گفتمانهای دینی برای تحلیل آن» است. از آن به بعد تا اکنون دانشجوی دکتری جامعه شناسی بوده — چند سالی در دانشگاه تهران و بعد هم در دانشگاه شیکاگو. در این چند سال علاقه او را در حوزه جامعه شناسی جنبشهای اجتماعی، انقلاب و جنگ دنبال کرده است.

به امید دیدار،
کامران