May 23rd: August Samie on Uzbekistan

انجمن سخن فارسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو
& the Turkish Circle  present

a talk in English by August Samie (NELC) on talk on Tuesday, May 23 at 4:30pm in Pick 218:

Modern Uzbeks: My Experience in Tashkent and Samarkand

ازبکان مدرن: تجربه من در سمرقند و تاشکند
Zamonaviy O’zbeklar: Tajribam Toshkent va Samarqandda

August Samie is a fourth-year doctoral student in NELC focusing on nation-building and historical memory. August first traveled to Uzbekistan in 2012 for research, then returned in the summer of 2013 as an interpreter for ASU’s summer intensive program in Persian and Uzbek. His talk brings together Persian Circle and Turkish Circle to discuss a brief history of this Persianate country, his time working in Tashkent and Samarqand, and some perspectives of how young Uzbeks view their nation. This talk will feature images and media from Uzbekistan.

 

There will be pizza, tea & sweets!

Tuesday, May 23
4:30 – 6pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

 

See you there!
Alexandra, Julia, and Mariel

May 16: Mehrnaz Saeed-vafa on Abbas Kiarostami

Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, May 16 at 4:30pm with filmmaker Prof. Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (Columbia College, Chicago):

کوتاه‌ترین راه

The Shortest Way

Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa is a filmmaker and a professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago.  She has written extensively on Iranian cinema and has published her book on Abbas Kiarostami co-written with Jonathan Rosenbaum in 2003. In this talk, she will review Kiarostami’s career and his significance in world cinema. She will focus on some of his films including, Close-Up, The Traveler, Taste of Cherry, and The Wind Will Carry Us.

 

*This talk will be in Persian*

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
4:30 – 6pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

 

May 9: Prof. Giusto Traina

انجمن سخن فارسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو

Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:30 PM with Dumanian Visiting Professor Giusto Traina (University of Paris-Sorbonne):

“Ardaxshīr I: The Armenian File”

When it comes to consider the Armenian sources, many Iranologists still follow the attitude of Arthur Christensen: although apparently neutral, the great Danish scholar made actually use of them the least possible. The Armenian evidence is suspect, not only because these texts are not contemporary, but also because they reflect a different perspective. In this paper, Prof. Traina will present the particular case of the rise of the Sasanians. The ‘Armenian file’ on this event consists of several passages of Agat‘angełos and Movsēs Xorenac’i, the main local sources for the history of ancient Armenia, and in a Greek text translated from Armenian but inspired by Pahlavi literature, the so-called Romance of Artawan and Artašir.

*This talk will be in English*

Tuesday, May 9
4:30 – 6pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

There will be tea&sweets!

See you there,
Alexandra

Tues, April 25: Dr. Ramin Takloo-Bigash

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, April 25 at 4:30pm with
Dr. Ramin Takloo-Bighash (UIC):
 

فرایندهای دموکراتیک در قانون اساسی ایران

“Democratic processes of the Iranian constitution”

 In this talk, intended as a cautionary tale, Dr. Takloo-Bighash will describe the democratic processes present in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He will show that in an abstract sense the current Iranian system of government might be considered a democracy, even though in practice it is not. The talk ends with a discussion of some possible explanations for this discrepancy. 

 

Tuesday, April 25
4:30 – 6pm in Pick Hall 218
 (5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)
 

There will be tea & sweets!

Be omid-e didaar,
Alexandra

Spring Quarter schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for an exciting Spring Quarter at the Persian Circle, a weekly event for all students, faculty, and those interested in Persian and Iran. We will meet on Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 6 pm in Pick Hall 218 (5828 S University Ave) and enjoy talks on a variety of topics by faculty, students, and professionals. Here is a list of our future events for Spring quarter, so mark your calendars:

April 3, workshop with Dr. Ulrich Marzolph (Georg-August Universität Göttingen)*: Traveling Tales: The Muslim World’s Contribution to World Narrative Lore. 2:30-4pm, Foster 103

April 4, Dr. Ulrich Marzolph (Georg-August Universität Göttingen)*: Relief after Hardship. The Ottoman Turkish Model for the Thousand and One Days. 4:30pm, Swift Lecture Hall, 3rd floor

The two events with Dr. Marzolph are co-sponsored by the MEHAT workshop, COSAS, the Islamic Studies workshop and the Department of Comparative Literature

 

April 11, Abolhassan Mokhtabad:      تبارشناسی شاهنامه خوانی در موسیقی ایران

April 18, Alex Shams (Uchicago, Anthropology)*:

Daughters of the Revolution: Iranian Women’s Access to Education in Khomeini’s Iran

دختران انقلاب: دسترسی زنان ایرانی‌ به تحصيلات در دهه شصت

April 25, Dr. Ramin Takloo-Bigash (UIC): Democratic processes in the Iranian system of government since 1906.

May 2, Dr. Saeed Ghahremani (Uchicago, NELC)*:

مخالف. زندانی. فراری. پناهنده.

زندگی در ایران قبل و بعد از انقلاب.

Dissident. Prisoner. Fugitive. Refugee.

Life in Iran before and after the Revolution.

 

May 9, Dr. Giusto Traina (Paris-Sorbonne University)*: Ardaxshīr I: The Armenian File.

May 16, Mehrnaz Saeedvafa (Columbia College Chicago):

کوتاه‌ترین راه به حقیقت

The Shortest Way to Truth

May 23: August Samie (Uchicago, NELC)*:

 ازبکان مدرن: تجربه من در سمرقند و تاشکند

Zamonaviy O’zbeklar: Tajribam Toshkent va Samarqandda

Modern Uzbeks: My Experience in Tashkent and Samarkand

 

May 30: Tang Tian (Uchicago, CMES)*:

اقامت من درایران به عنوان دانشجوی انتقالی

My Stay in Iran as an Exchange Student

                                                                                                                                                  

*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

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. 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

satanism

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”

shaykh-al-azam

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