Nov. 10: “The Iranian Contemporary Graphic Design,” with Rambod Vala

[If you missed Rambod’s talk, a recording can be found here]

Please join us next Tuesday, November 10, for Persian Circle:

نگاهی به طراحی گرافیک معاصر ایران
Graphic Design in Contemporary Iran

رامبد والا
Rambod Vala

Tuesday, November 10, 4:30pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Beh omid-e didar!

Nov 2: “Demise of the Protagonist in Contemporary Iranian Cinema,” Ali Papoli-Yazdi

[If you missed Ali’s talk, you can listen to via the embedded player above or you can downloaded it by right-clicking here and selecting ‘save as’]

The Ambiguity of Values and the Demise of the Protagonist in Contemporary Iranian Cinema
 ابهام ارزشها و افول قهرمان در سینمای امروز ایران

علی پاپلی یزدی

This is talk will be in Persian, and speakers of all levels are invited!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

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)

An introduction to traditional Iranian arts: Shahriar Piroozram

Hezar tashakkor to Ostad Piroozram for his introduction to Iranian traditional art! Unfortunately, we cannot include the visual element, but his talk is nevertheless full of interesting information and the specialized terminology used in various art forms including calligraphy, bookbinding, painting, design, and leatherwork. Listen to the MP3 or use the player below:

Ali Papoli-Yazdi: Modernity and the Demise of Manliness

Thanks to Ali for a fascinating talk yesterday! For those who couldn’t make it, here is the audio recording: download the MP3 or use the embedded player. I edited out the movie clips, but you can watch them using the YouTube links below:

Kandoo (کندو) –
Fereydoun Goleh on Kandoo –

Some films to look out for

Thank you for coming to Barbara Scharres’ talk! We did not record the Circle, but below I am attaching trailers to some of the movies that were mentioned. In addition, I recommend that you visit the Festival of Films From Iran for more great films to see.

Some trailers:

Manuscripts Don’t Burn, Mohammad Rasoulof (2013)

Closed Curtain, Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi

This Is Not A Film, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (2011)

Dog Sweat, Hossein Keshavarz (2010)

Circumstance, Maryam Keshavarz (2011)

Fish & Cat, Shahram Mokri (2013)

Fat Shaker, Mohammad Shirvani (2013)

A Cinema of Discontent, Jamsheed Akrami (2013)

Avisheh Mohsenin speaks on Pasfarda

Avisheh Mohsenin gave a wonderful presentation about Pasfarda and its latest activities. For full details, please see the attached PDF she has created for us. You can also download her talk by clicking on this link or by using the player below.

If you want to join the Pasfarda email list to be updated on future events, you can fill out the form in at the following URL: or email them at

Farrokh Asadi speaks about “Judith”

Last week, Dr. Farrokh Asadi gave us a short introduction to his film, “Judith”, an adaptation of Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife”. You can listen to his presentation in the player below.

Download the mp3 here. Plus, you can see the Director’s notes to the film in English and in Persian.

Many thanks to Dr. Asadi for his interesting talk and beautiful film! از لطف او بسیار سپاس گذاریم.