Nov. 17: “The Child and the West in Iran: A Look at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (KANOON),” with Niloofar Sarlati

Please join Persian Circle on November 17th at 5:30pm (note the later time!) for a talk by Niloofar Sarlati of the University of Minnesota:

کودک و غرب در ایران: نگاهی به کانون پرورش فکری

The Child and the West in Iran: A Look at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (KANOON)

توجه به کودک و اوقات فراغت او اساسا پدیده ای است مدرن. مخصوصا اگر بپذیریم که قصه گویی و یا داستان های جن و پری، به مشاهده ی والتر بنیامین و رونالد جی  تولکین، هرگز به لحاظ تاریخی صرفا معطوف کودکان نبوده است. در ایران هم  نخستین توجه جدی به کودک در عرصه ی نشر به دوره ی مدرن و پیدایش نخستین نشریه‌های کودکان به دوران مشروطه بازمی‌گردد. از آنجا که مدرنیت را نمی توان در ایران جدا از غرب فهمید در این مقاله من به رابطه ی میان توجه به کودک در ایران و ارتباط این توجه با غرب می پردازم اما تنها از خلال نگاه به کانون پرورش فکری، نهادی که از سه دهه پیش از انقلاب با کسب جوایز بین الممللی بسیار بلند ترین صدا را در عرصه ی پرورش کودک در ایران داشته است.

Children literature and attention to children’s free time in publication is known to be a modern phenomena in the West. This is especially true if we recognize Walter Benjamin and J.R.R. Tolkien’s observation that fairytales, fairy stories, and storytelling were historically never really produced for children exclusively. Same can be said about Iran in regard to the attention to children in the publication industry. It is not until the Constitutional Movement that along with the shift of attention to political modernity, the first children magazine also published in Iran. This talk attends to this relationship between children and the West in Iran through looking at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, an institute which is internationally most recognized as dedicated to the “development of children” in Iran and which was established three decades before the Revolution of 1979.

November 17th, 5:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

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

Oct 27: “Chicago Persian School: Case Study of a Journey,” with Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

[If you missed this talk, you can listen to it in the above player or download it here]

Please join us on for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, October 27 by Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi, director of the Chicago Persian School:

مدرسه فارسی شیکاگو: مطالعه‌ی یک ماجرا
Chicago Persian School: Case Study of a Journey

نگار منصوریان-هادوی
Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

Tuesday, October 27th, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Oct. 6: Alexandra Hoffmann, «خاطراتی از سفر به ایران»

Join us Tuesday, October 6th, at 4:30pm in Pick 218 for the first talk of Autumn quarter, by Alexandra Hoffman!

خاطراتی از سفر به ایران
Memories of a trip to Iran

در این گفتار عکسهای زیاد از سفرم به ایران در این تابستان نشان میدهم،  درباره کلاسهای زبان و زندگی خانوادگی صحبت میکنم، فکرها درباره  میکاپ (آرایش) ومراسم ازدواج ونظریات درباره خریدن زیرپوش وزیبای پسته‌های تازه بیان میکنم

In this talk, I’ll show a lot of pictures from my trip to Iran this summer, I’ll talk about language classes and family life, I’ll share thoughts on make-up and wedding ceremonies, observations on where to buy underwear and the beauty of fresh pistachios.

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)

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:

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 –

Amir Normandi on the Now Ruz parade

Dear all:

For those of you who were not able to make it to Mr. Normandi’s talk about the Chicago Now Ruz Parade, you can listen to his presentation by downloading the MP3 or using the embedded media player. I edited out the video clips he played, but you can see them by following the YouTube links below:

Interview with Frank Lewis
Interview with Mateo Farzaneh
Interview with Abbas Alizadeh
Setting up for the parade

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)