Winter Quarter Schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

Best wishes for a productive and happy new year! Please join us this quarter for the Persian Circle, a weekly event for all students, faculty, and those interested in Persian and Iran. We will meet on Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm in Pick Hall 218 (5828 S University Ave) and enjoy talks on a variety of topics by faculty, students, and professionals. We will start meeting next week, but to give you a sneak peek of what is waiting for you in winter quarter, here is the schedule of talks not to be missed:

Jan. 17, Saeed Yousef:*

میانِ واقع و رؤیا، همیشه شعر پُلی ست

سعید یوسف نمونه هائی از اشعار خود را از چهار کتاب شعر جدید که در دست چاپ دارد خواهد خواند

„A Bridge between Reality and Dreams. Saeed Yousef reads from his four recent collections of poems (to be released soon)”

Jan. 24, Ario Mashayekhi:

انسانیت در میان بی رحمی انسان

مشاهده هنری به زیبایی در برابر فجایع انسانی

“Humanity Amidst Inhumanities. An Artistic view to Beauty in the Face of Human Atrocities”

Jan. 31, Dr. Elise Auerbach*: “Human Rights in Iran during a time of transition”

Feb. 7, Ezzat Goushegir (DePaul University), TBA

Feb. 14, Dr. Fariba Zarinebaf* (UC Riverside): “Iranian Diaspora and Cityscapes of Memory in LA”

Feb. 21, Austin O’Malley* (NELC, Uchicago), TBA

Feb. 28, Dr. Ali Mousavi (UCLA):

سهم آمریکا در مطالعات باستانشناسی در ایران

“American Contribution to the Archaeology of Iran”

March 7, Nowruz Special*

*These sessions will be either be in English, in English and Persian, preceded by an introductory part in English for students, or the talk will be designed explicitly for students’ needs. Details will be announced for each talk.

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

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


Nov. 29: Prof. Nasrin Qader on Asef Soltanzadeh’s “Two of Clubs”


Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the last Persian Circle talk this year! Our speaker is Prof. Nasrin Qader (Northwestern University):

ملاقات در مرز بخت وطالع: ’دو تایی پشه‘ بقلم آصف سلطانزاده

Encounter on the border of chance and destiny: Asef Soltanzadeh’s ‘Two of Clubs’

*This talk will be in Persian.*
There will be tea & sweets

Tuesday, Nov. 29
4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218
(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

See you there!

Nov. 8: Ani Honarchian on “Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”

Salaam! Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Nov. 8 with Ani Honarchian (UCLA):

جابجایی پیکر قدیسین در سر حدات شاهنشاهی ساسانیان و امپراطوری رم

 Transferring relics in the borderlands of the Sasanian and Roman Empire”


*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. To join the introduction, come to the NELC Lounge at 4pm (Pick Hall, 3rd floor). The regular talk starts at 4:30pm in Pick Hall 218.

Ani Honarchian will talk about the significance of the formation of the cult of saints in two cities in the region of the borderlands of the Roman and the Sasanian Empires. While the city of Sophene received favors and relics from Theodosius II (401-450) and the Sasanian king, Yazdgerd I (r. 399-410), the relics of a recently converted Jewish boy were stolen by a tribe of Arab merchants in the city of Singar, who then spread the cult of the saint in their own lands. The different approaches that cities in the borderland used to disseminate the cult of saints will be then compared to the approach within the Sasanian Empire itself.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Introduction for students: 4pm in the NELC Lounge (3rd floor, Pick Hall)

Regular talk: 4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218

(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

Tues, Oct 25: Dr. Reza Varjavand

Please join us for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 4:30pm in Pick 218! Our speaker will be Dr. Reza Varjavand (St. Xavier University), whose book From Misery Alley to Missouri Valley has just been re-published as an expanded edition. Come to hear him talk, drink tea & enjoy some sweets! See you there.

Dr. Reza Varjavand:

“Immigrant Struggle to Build Identity, the Case of Iranian-Americans”

تلاش مهاجرین ایرانیبرای ساختن هویت در آمریکا


*This talk will be (mostly) in English*


Tuesday, Oct. 25

4:30 pm in Pick Hall 218

(5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

دایی جان ناپلئون، قسمت اول

Salaam Persian Circlers,

Earlier in the quarter, Saeed Yousef discussed the life and less-known works of Pezeshkzad; this coming week, we will show the first episode of the small-screen adaptation of his famous novel, My Uncle Napoleon. Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 4:30pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Fall 2015 Persian Circle Schedule

Salaam bar hamegi,
Welcome back to another year of Persian Circle at the University of Chicago! This year the Persian Circle will usually be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in Pick Hall, which is located at 116 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637, although we may occasionally hold talks at “non-canonical” times or in other locations. Here is the list of speakers for this quarter; check back here for updated titles and abstracts. You can also check out our Facebook page for the most up-to-date info.

10/ 6: Alexandra Hoffmann: خاطراتی از سفر به ایران

10/13: Mehdi Harandi: تناقض در شعر حافظ

10/20: Hossein Samei

10/27: Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

11/3: Ali Papoli

11/10: Rambod Vala

11/17: Niloofar Sarlati

12/1: Sohila Saremi

Persian Circle Winter Quarter Schedule

Greetings to dear friends and colleagues,
سلام به دوستان و همکاران گرامی‌

To kick off the new year, the Persian Circle has a very exciting Winter Quarter schedule. The Persian Circle website has finally been fixed so here’s the list below:

1/7/2015 Thibaut d’Hubert (University of Chicago)
1/14/2015 Nasim Hantehzadeh (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
1/21/2015 Nazila Fathi (Former New York Times Tehran correspondent)
1/28/2015 Mitra Fallahi (St. Xavier University)
2/3/2015 Henning Börm (University of Kostanz, Germany)
2/4/2015 Sam Hodgkin (University of Chicago)
2/11/2015 Saeed Ghahremani (University of Chicago)
2/18/2015 Elise Auerbach (Amnesty International)
3/4/2015 Nazafarin Lotfi (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
3/12/2015 Shaul Shaked (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Please stay tuned for updates! Click on link below for recordings of previous presentations from this year.