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Please join us this Thursday, February 3, at 5:00 pm CST for a talk by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi! Claudia Yaghoobi is a Roshan Institute Associate Professor and inaugural director of Persian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara […]

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Please join us this Thursday, January 27, at 5:00 pm CST for a talk by Dr. A. Azfar Moin! Dr. Moin is the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the early modern Islamic world from comparative perspectives with a focus on concepts and practices […]

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Please join us this Thursday, January 20 at 5:00 pm CST for a talk with Hamed Yousefi! Hamed Yousefi is a filmmaker and PhD candidate in art history at Northwestern University. He researches interactions between modern art, Islam, and ‘erfan (Iranian-Islamic mysticism) in the latter twentieth century. His writings have appeared in numerous publications in […]

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Winter 2022 Scheduling

Salam All,

With the start of winter term, Persian Circle is excited to present a series of exciting speakers! This quarter, we have decided to continue with ONLINE meetings. We will be meeting over zoom every week, Thursdays, from 5:00-6:30 CST. Attached is a copy of our winter schedule. There, you should find a link to […]

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Please join us this Thursday, December 9, at 5:00 pm CST for the last Persian Circle of the quarter! This week, we will have a talk by Prof. Layla Saatchi. Prof. Saatchi is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Wayne State University. She earned her MA in Near East Studies in 2007 and her PhD […]

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Please join us this Thursday, November 18, at 5:00 pm for a talk with our very own Prof. Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi! Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi is Instructional Professor of Persian at the University of Chicago. Before joining us at the University of Chicago, she was Senior Lecturer of Persian Language and Linguistics at McGill University in Canada for […]

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Please join us this Thursday, November 11, at 5:00 pm for a talk with Prof. Kaveh Ehsani! Prof. Ehsani is a Professor of International Studies at DePaul University. He has had extensive experience as an international development planner on postwar reconstruction, rural development, water resource management, environmental planning, industrial renewal, and urban development. He […]

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Please join us this Thursday, November 4, 2021, for a talk with Dr. Abe Soheili! Dr. Soheili holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, and he has worked in both the United States and overseas in foreign language education. In the United States, he worked with the Foreign Service Institute in […]

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Please join us this Thursday, October 28, at 5:00 pm CST on Zoom for the second lecture in the Heshmat Moayyad Lecture Series in Persian Literature and Culture! This series is made possible by a generous gift to NELC and the Humanities Division, and will support at least one lecture per year on Persian literature […]

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Please join us this Thursday, October 21, at 5:00 pm CST on Zoom for a talk with Hashem Morvarid! Hashem Morvarid was born in a religious family in Mashhad. After finishing high school, he entered Mashhad and, a few years later, Qum Islamic Seminaries, where he received a traditional education in Islamic sciences, including […]

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