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:
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:
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:
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.
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)
We did not record the Persian Circle last week, but in content it was very similar to a talk she had given at Georgia College, and with her kind permission we have posted the link for you to view. Enjoy!
After a busy and successful year, we can at last begin uploading recordings of recent Persian Circle talks! First is a presentation by Prof. Alireza Doostdar, of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, about “The Iranian Society of Spiritism/Psychology/Experimental Soul-Science.” You can listen to it here.
NB: Prof. Doostdar had a PowerPoint presentation to go with his talk, so the plain audio may be missing certain details. Also, due to a technical problem, there is a short gap in the recording during the Q&A.
Please stay tuned for more recordings, which we will continue to post until the backlog is cleared. (Apologies again for the delay.)
Fatih Kurşun, a PhD student at the University to Chicago, describes he latest trip to Iran. Listen to his talk here.
Dr. James Clark, Ms. Niyavarani, Ms. Fazeli, and Ms. Zendebad, all of whom work with the Persian CLS (Critical Language Scholarship) program in Tajikistan, talk about their experiences and challenges of teaching American students Persian in Tajikistan. Listen to the talk here.
Dr. Reza Varjavand discusses how government spending in Iran affects the Iranian economy, and how economic issues influence Iranian policy decisions. You can listen to his talk here.
Theo is currently a graduate student in the NELC department at the University of Chicago, and he spent last year, as well as the three previous summers, working in Afghanistan at various NGOs. He spoke about his experiences living and working in Afghanistan, as well as presenting a slide show with photographs.