November 9th: Dr Michael Milgrim

Dear all,

This week, Persian Circle at the University of Chicago presents a talk in English:

“University Years in Shiraz” by Dr. Michael Milgrim

Thursday 9th November 2017
5pm-6.30pm
Pick Hall, Room 218
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This talk focuses on the American experience at the University of Shiraz (Pahlavi University) in the 1970s, when Pahlavi University had standing faculty and student exchange programs with Kent State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Milgrim taught for four years in Shiraz a newly-minted PhD, and will share his memories as an American in Shiraz in the years before the Iranian Revolution.

Dr. Michael Milgrim received his PhD in Ottoman History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, with a dissertation topic on the war indemnity imposed on the Ottomans following the 1877-78 Russo-Turkish war.  From 1974 to 1978, Dr. Milgrim taught on the faculty of Pahlavi University (now Shiraz University), and then taught Modern Middle East history at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and Rockford College before taking a job as a textbook editor and then as a technical writer at the Appraisal Institute (1986-98), a trade association of real estate appraisers, and from 1999 to 2008 he was technical writer and editor for the International Valuation Standards, published by the International Valuation Standards Council (formerly known as the IVS Committee), an NGO which has long held roster status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

Be omid-e didar!
Shaahin

November 2nd: Saeed Yousef

با سلام
 
این هفته انجمن سخن فارسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند سخنرانی ای به زبان فارسی:
 
“شعر شاملو: آزادى مطلق يا قيدهاى تازه؟ “
سخنران ما در این جلسه استاد سعید یوسف از دانشگاه شیکاگو است
 
پنجشنبه ۲۶ اکتبر ۲۰۱۷
ساعت: ۵:۰۰ تا ۶:۳۰
 
 
This week, Persian Circle at the Univeristy of Chicago presents a talk in Persian:
 
“Shamlu’s style in poetry: Absolute freedom or new limitations?”
 
Our speaker is Dr Saeed Yousef from the University of Chicago.
 
Thursday 2nd November 2017
5pm-6.30pm
Pick Hall, Room 218
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
 
Be omid-e didar!
Shaahin

October 26th: Prof. Houchang Chehabi

با سلام

این هفته انجمن سخن فارسی در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند سخنرانی ای به زبان فارسی:

“نظام جدید لباس مردان در عهد رضا شاه”
سخنران ما در این جلسه استاد هوشنگ شهابی از دانشگاه بوستون است

پنجشنبه ۲۶ اکتبر ۲۰۱۷
ساعت: ۵:۰۰ تا ۶:۳۰

This week, Persian Circle at the Univeristy of Chicago presents a talk in Persian:

“Reza Shah’s Dress Reforms”
Our speaker is Professor Houchang Chehabi, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
(https://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/profile/houchang-e-chehabi/)

Thursday 26 October 2017
5pm-6.30pm
Pick Hall, Room 218
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Prof. Chehabi will give a second talk, in English, on Friday 27th October at 4:30pm (Saieh Hall, Room 105 58th Street and University) on:

“The Legal Situation of Religious Minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran”

Abstract: The constitution and the legal codes of the Islamic Republic of Iran differentiate between citizens on the basis of their religious affiliation. In this talk, the evolution of the legal situation of those citizens that are not Twelver Shiites of the official Usuli school is analyzed on the basis of official documents.

We hope to see you there!
Shaahin

October 19th: Hoda Katebi

Bā salām,

Friends and colleagues, this week, the University of Chicago’s Persian Circle are very pleased to be hosting author and political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi, who will be giving a talk entitled:

Now Trending: The Politics of Fashion in Tehran
[This talk will be in English]

Thursday 19th October, 5-6.30pm, Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

Talk abstract: Fashion is political; it reflects gender norms, production methods, and can map political tensions onto the body. And in Iran, the world of fashion is infinitely more complicated. Through an exploration of the underground fashion scene and the new government-approved modeling agencies in Tehran, we will examine the intimate intersections of fashion, feminism, gender, and the nation in modern-day Iran.

Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based Muslim-Iranian author, community organizer, and political fashion blogger. Her blog JooJoo Azad (http://www.joojooazad.com/) has been praised from NPR to Teen Vogue and renders fashion political and politics, radical. In 2016 she published the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print collection of streetstyle photography from Iran aimed to challenge both Western Orientalism and domestic Iranian mandatory dress codes. Hoda’s work has been featured across various media outlets internationally. 

Be omīd-e dīdār,

Shaahin

October 12th: Kimia Maleki

Salaam bar hamegi!
 
This week, Persian Circle are pleased to host Kimia Maleki, who will be discussing an exhibition she recently curated entitled “Sedentary Fragmentation”, which concerned the history of the Iranian arts scene in Chicago.
 
The exhibition is no longer running, so this will be a great opportunity for those of you who missed it to learn more about Kimia’s work and the history of the Iranian community in Chicago.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Full details:

 

“​Sedentary Fragmentation” 

​تجزیه ی ساکن

[This talk will be in Persian]

 
5:00-6:30pm
Pick Hall 218
5828 S. University Ave
Chicago, IL 60540
 
 
In 1952 an Iranian-Assyrian student Hannibal Alkhas came to the U.S to study medicine, but decided instead to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.​ ​Having experienced the Midwestern art scene, he returned to Iran and started teaching at art universities, becoming one of the pioneers of Iranian contemporary art. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, many families moved to the U.S to seek a better life. These families stayed and gave birth to children who are now second generation Iranian-Americans. A few members of this generation have chosen to pursue art and have been constantly challenged by issues of identity due to their dual heritage. In 2010, despite financial hardship and sanctions, the next generation of artists came from Iran to pursue their graduate degrees in American art schools, which had been an uncommon choice for the previous 30 years.​ ​“Sedentary Fragmentation” tries to bring together Iranian voices, generations, and alumni who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but whose practices are individual and different.
 
Kimia Maleki (M.A., Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016; B.A., University of the Arts, Tehran, 2012) is interested in historiography, archiving, and curatorial practice, especially as pertains to Iran. She recently completed an M.A. thesis entitled “State of Art Archiving in Iran: Now & Then.” and curated two exhibitions: “Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions” (Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago, 2016) and “Sedentary Fragmentation” (Heaven Gallery, 2017).
 
Be omid-e didar,
Shaahin

October 5th: Prof. Andrew Hicks

Salaam dustaan,

This week, the University of Chicago’s Persian Circle are fortunate to host Andrew Hicks (Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies, Cornell University ) for a talk entitled:

“Musical agency in Ghaznavid court poetry” [this talk in English]

Please join us this Thursday 5th October for what promises to be a fascinating talk!

5:00-6:30pm
Pick Hall 218
5828 S. University Ave
Chicago, IL 60540

Professor Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. http://music.cornell.edu/andrew-hicks

Talk abstract: The divan of Farrukhī Sīstānī (d. 1037) teems with evocations of a lively Ghaznavid minstrel culture, a culture Farrukhī knew first-hand, as he was not only a court poet but was also, according to the Chahār maqāla, a “dexterous performer on the harp.” Though numerous studies document and detail the public, courtly persona of the Persian minstrel,the divan-e Farrukhī presents a much less studied aspect of Ghaznavid minstrelsy, namely, the minstrel’s private, erotic persona as the “moon-faced,” “silken-breasted” beloved; auditory beauty and visual beauty become semantically entwined and at times interchangeable. This study takes as its point of departure the lyric nasib to several of Farrukhī’s qasidas that describe intimate and manifestly erotic encounters between Farrukhī, the poet, and an (always unnamed) Turkish beloved, the minstrel. In recounting such erotic encounters, Farrukhī’s poetry affords us a glimpse into the formative stages of a still-living symbol that was to become, in later Persian poetry, “stock” poetic imagery: the beloved as “Turk”. A careful reading of Farrukhī’s poetry, with occasional glances to Manūchihrī and ‘Unṣurī, allows us to chart with more precision the emergence of this symbolic minstrel persona, which was rooted in the historical realities of the Ghaznavid court but came to resonate more broadly with the imagery of music and musical performance unique to the Persian poetic tradition.

Prof. Hicks will be giving a second talk on Friday 6th October @3:30pm, in the Fulton Recital Hall, entitled:

“Listening Vicariously: music and metaphor in medieval Persion Sufism”

Full details of Friday’s talk can be found here: https://music.uchicago.edu/page/music-colloquium-series

Be omid-e didar,
Shaahin

September 28th: Zach Winters

Farsi-guyan-e mohtaram-e Chicago,

Salam va khosh amadid be aghaz-e fasl-e jadid!

Please join us for the first Persian Circle of the quarter! Zach Winters (NELC) will be giving a talk (in Persian) on Thursday, September 28 at 5-6.30pm in Pick 218, entitled:

آداب و نواب: فرهنگ فارسی زبانان در لکهنو

Zach Winters is a second year PhD student in the NELC department. He studied Mughal Persian in Lucknow, India, over the summer. He will talk about his experiences there, as well as his observations and insights into the history of Persianate culture in Lucknow.

Thursday, September 28th
5–6.30pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

There will be tea, biscuits, and minimal ta’arof.

Be omid-e didar,

Shaahin

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