Maryam Sabbaghi: “Exploring Jewish and Zoroastrian Sites in Iran”


Please join us for the first Persian Circle of the Autumn Quarter on Oct. 4 with Maryam Sabbaghi (University of Chicago, Divinity school):

       گذری بر مکانهای تاریخی یهودی و زرتشتی در ایران
“Exploring Jewish and Zoroastrian Sites in Iran”

Maryam picture

Maryam will talk about her caffeinated wanderings through various Jewish and Zoroastrian neighborhoods and sites in Tehran, Yazd, and Shiraz. She will also discuss the histories of these old neighborhoods and the people who enrich them today.

*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. There will be tea and sweets, so join us for a cozy afternoon!

Tuesday, Oct. 4
Introduction for students: 4pm | Regular talk: 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall 218)
5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Persian Circle Quarter Schedule: Autumn 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

welcome back to the new academic year! I’m the student coordinator for the Persian Circle, a weekly event for Persianists, Persian speakers, Persian learners and –lovers!

This year, we will meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm in Pick Hall 218 (5828 S University Ave). We will host faculty, students, and professionals who will present on a variety of topics associated with Persian or Iran. The Persian Circle will first meet next week.

For Autumn quarter, we have exciting talks lined up that you should not miss!

Oct. 4, Maryam Sabbaghi* (University of Chicago): “ گذری بر مکانهای تاریخی یهودی و زرتشتی در ایران –Exploring Jewish and Zoroastrian Sites in Iran

Oct. 11, Adel Javan: “چند نکته پیرامون شعر امروز ایران و شعرخوانی” – A few points on contemporary poetry in Iran and poetry recitation

Special session on Monday, Oct. 17, Sayeh Eghtesadinia: “ – غزل نو در شعر فارسیGhazal- e now in Persian Poetry”, in Pick Hall 218, 4:30-6pm

Oct. 18, Sayeh Eghtesadinia: “فرهنگستان زبان و ادب فارسی  معرفی – Introduction to the Academy of Persian language and Literature”

Oct 25, Prof. Reza Varjavand (Saint Xavier University): تلاش مهاجرین ایرانی‌ برای ساختن هویت در آمریکا” – Immigrant Struggle to Build Identity, the Case of Iranian-Americans.”

Nov. 1, TBA

Nov. 8, Ani Honarchiansaky* (UCLA): جابجايى پيكر قديسين در سر حدات شاهناشاهى ساسانيان و امپراطورى رم”Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”

Nov. 15, Ahmad Arbaboun: مکتب اصولی-فلسفی شیخ مرتضی انصاری (۱۲۸۱-۱۲۱۴ ه.ق): تفکری بر کاربرد فلسلفه در سنت فقهی تشیع دوازده امامی – Murtaḍá al-Anṣārī’s (d. 1864) School of Philosophical Jurisprudence: Thoughts on the Application of Philosophy in the Twelver Shiʿi Legal Tradition”

Nov. 22, Prof. Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago) “شیطان پرستی، جهان شهرگرایی و پارانویا – Satanism, Cosmopolitanism, and Paranoia”

Nov. 29, Prof. Nasrin Qader (Northwestern): ملاقات در مرز بخت وطالع:’دوتایی پشه’ بقلم آصف سلطانزاده“ – Encounter on the border of chance and destiny: Asef Soltanzadeh’s ‘Two of Clubs’”

*This year, we will have sessions that aim to make talks more accessible for those learning Persian – there will be an introductory part for students with the presenter. Details will follow!

Announcements for event details will be posted around Pick Hall and online, through the Persian list and others, as well as on facebook (

If you would like to present at Persian Circle in Winter or Spring quarter, please feel free to contact me, and I will be happy to coordinate your talk!

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

“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode

Nilofar Saraj
نیلوفر سراج

“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode
نگاهی‌ به سریال شهرزاد” همراه با نمایش آخرین قسمت سریال”

Tuesday, May 24, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Tentative Spring Quarter Schedule

Salaam Persian Circlers! Here is our schedule for Spring quarter. It will be updated with more details as they become available. All dates, unless otherwise noted, are Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.

April 5: Shabnam Rahimi-Golkhandan

April 12: Kimia Maleki

April 19: Hossein Khandan

April 26: Afsaneh Kalantary

May 10: Bruce Lincoln, “Persian Archers and Paradise Gardens” (in English)

Wednesday, May 18, 5pm, Nasrin Qader

May 24: Nilofar Sahra

Winter Quarter Schedule

Jan 12: Afsaneh Kalantary: “Understanding the Confluence of Iranian Immigrant Women’s Heterogeneous Identities”

Jan 19: Saeed Ghahremani: “Laughter in the Time of Coup d’État: The Less-Known Iraj Pezeshkzād”

Jan 26: Mateo Farzaneh: “Shiite Clerics and Political Modernization in Iran”

Feb 2: Gil Stein: “Persian in Cyrillic: Cultural heritage in Tajikistan” (in English)

Feb 9: TBA

Feb 16: Siavash Sabetrohani

Feb 23: TBA

Mar 1: Maryam Taghavi

Mar 8:  Ali Mousavi



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 🙂

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!

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،

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،