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Spring, 2016
Roshan Institute Lecture Series


spring 2016


 

March, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Shirin Ebadi In Conversation with SJSU Persian Studies Director Persis Karim

The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi, in conversation with San Jose State University Persian Studies Program Director, Persis Karim.

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shirin-ebadi   Persis Karim

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT
(Transcript of conversation will be available online shortly)

“If you go on as you are now, we will be forced to end your life. If you value it, stop slandering the Islamic Republic. Stop all this noise you are making outside the country. Killing you is the easiest thing we could do.”

In Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi’s memoir, Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran, Ebadi chronicles how these words were written on a notepad and thumbtacked to her front door in Iran. Until We are Free charts Iran’s tumultuous 20th century history and the years of personal intimidations she received from the Islamic Republic of Iran—wiretapping her phones, bugging her law firm, sending spies to follow her, arresting her sister, and even confiscating her Nobel medal.

Ebadi says it wasn’t until she received a phone call from her distraught husband—the Iranian government set a trap for Ebadi’s husband filming a staged liaison, putting him on trial, and making him denounce her on camera—that she realized what the intelligence apparatus was capable of doing to silence its critics.

Ebadi will be in conversation with Persis Karim, a professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at San Jose State University the Director of their Persian Studies Program.

"Shirin Ebadi has paid a tremendous price for defending women's rights, human rights, and the rights of dissidents in Iran,” says Persis Karim. “Her work and her commitment are particularly inspiring to women and to Iranians of the diaspora worldwide."

Persis Karim will speak with Shirin Ebadi about Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at Kepler’s Book in Menlo Park, California. A transcript of the sold out conversation with Shirin Ebadi will be available on San Jose State University’s Persian Studies program shortly.

For inquiries contact Persis Karim at persis.karim@sjsu.edu.

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Dr. Shirin Ebadi was born in 1947 in Hamadan, Iran. Educated in Tehran, she became one of Iran’s first female judges, and in 1975, the youngest and first female chief magistrate of Iran’s 26th Divisional Court. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, all female judges were dismissed. In 1992, Dr. Ebadi set up a private practice handling contentious cases and was incarcerated, charged with spreading lies against the Islamic Republic. In 2003, she won the Nobel Peace Prize and used some of the prize money to set up the Defenders of Human Rights Center. Dr. Ebadi left Iran for a conference shortly before the June 2009 presidential election and did not return. The government filed a legal case against her, confiscated her properties on the pretext of unpaid taxes, and arrested her sister and husband. Dr. Ebadi continues her activities in de facto exile.

Persis Karim is a professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at San Jose State University. She is also the founding director of Persian Studies. She is the editor of three anthologies of Iranian diaspora literature, and has written numerous articles on Iranian-American literature and culture. You can learn more about her work at www.persiskarim.com.



March, 2016

Norooz: Persian New Year
A concert of classical and folk Persian music to celebrate Norooz and the arrival of Spring with performances by "Saba Ensemble" 

March 6, 2016, 7pm
SJSU Student Union Theater
Free and Open to the Public


norooz2016




Iranian-American filmmaker, Ana Lily Amirpour's 
"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"

March 3, 2016, 5:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

 


February, 2016

Dr. Amy Malek, Scripps College
"Producing Culture & Citizenship in the Iranian Diaspora"

February 25, 2016, 7pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public

DrAmyMalek


Fall, 2015
Full Schedule

Fall 2015



November, 2015

 

A Film Screening of "Fifi Howls with Happiness"– A Film by Mitra Farahani about the life and art of acclaimed Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess

With a discussion with Marjaneh Moghimi, Producer of "Fifi Howls with Happiness"


November 18, 2015, 6:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public

Fifi Howls from Happiness


October, 2015 
 

A reading and discussion with NY-based poet, Soraya Shalforoosh

"This Version of Earth: Growing up Persian-American in Poems"

October 15, 2015, 5:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public
 

This Version of Earth



A Lecture with Arash Davari on Modern Iranian Thought and Politics
"A Return to Which Self? Ali Shari'ati and the Articulation of an Indeterminate Collective Subject in Revolutionary Iran"
 

October 6, 2015, 7pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public


Ali Shariati

 


September, 2015

"Operation Ajax, The Story of The Coup in Iran"
A Lecture with Artist/Illustrator Daniel Burwen

 
September 8, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112
Free and Open to the Public


Daniel Burwen



April, 2015

 

"A Matter of Perspective, Discovering and Exploring Iran through Photography"
A talk and discussion with Professor Fereshteh Dianat, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran


April 15, 2015, 6:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112


A Matter of Perspective


March, 2015

"Waves of Freedom: How Surfing is Bridging Barriers in Iran and Women are Leading the Way" 
A film screening of Into the Sea and a discussion with international surfer and environmental and women's rights activist Easkey Britton

March 5, 2015, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

Easkey Britton Into the Sea

"Norouz: Persian New Year" 
a concert of classical and folk Persian music to celebrate Norouz and the Arrival of Spring 

March 8, 2015, 2:00pm-6:00pm
SJSU Student Union Theater

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"Through Different Eyes" 
a photography exhibit and collaboration between SJSU photography students at SJSU and students at Alzahara University in Tehran, Iran 

March 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112


Through Different Eyes

 

"Re-Visioning Sohrab Sepehri and Other Adventures in Poetic Translation"
A lecture with Kazim Ali

March 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

Kazim Ali

 


Fall/Winter, 2014

"Book of Kings, The Shahnameh"
A Series of Lectures by Iraj Tabibnia and the Guerdayesh Shahnameh Group

10 weekly lectures, September 6-December 6, 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112


Book of Kings


November, 2014

"East-West Cultural Transmissions in Post Mongol Iran" 
Ladan Akbarnia

 
November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255/257
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

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"Off the Curtain: The Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab" 
Sara Mashayekh

 
November 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm
SJSU Student Union Theater
1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192

Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab



 October, 2014

"Iran: A Smartphone Photographer's Perspective"
by Omid Scheybani

 
October 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Industrial Studies Building, Room IS 219

smartphone photos of daily life in Iran


"Persian Miniature Painting and the Shahnameh" 
by Dr. Johanna Movassat

October 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Library – room 255
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112

Persian miniature painting

 


May, 2014

 "The Elements"
An exhibit of Paintings by Mehri Yazdani

May 1- May 29, 2014,  DiNapoli Gallery, MLK Library, SJSU
Opening Reception
May 8th, 2014, 6-8PM, Room 255, MLK Library, SJSU

elements


 April, 2014

 

 "US-Iran Relations at the Six-Month Mark: Prospects for Long-Term Diplomacy and a Negotiated Agreement"
A Lecture by Dr. Muhammad Sahimi, USC

Thursday, April 24th, 2014,  7 PM, Room 255 MLK Library, SJSU

sahimi


 

"Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora"
Conference on Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora

April 11th - 12th, 2014, MLK Library Room 225/229 and 255

 

conference

inja o oonja


 

"Shaping and Making a Future: Iranian American Business and Technology Leaders in Silicon Valley"
Lecture by Dr. Kathrine Richardson

Dept. of Geography, SJSU
April 2nd, 2014 , 12 PM
Instructional Resource Center IRC Room 101, SJSU

 

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 March, 2014

"Welcome Spring: Norouz"
A Concert of Classical and Folk Persian Music to celebrate Norouz and Arrival of Spring

Featuring Mahvash Guerami, Santour and Hossein Massoudi, Vocals & Bay area Iranian American Children's Choral Group
Tuesday March 9th, 2014, 3 pm Student Union Ballroom, San Jose State University

 

 norouz


February, 2014

"Days of Revolution : Political Protest in an Iranian Village"
Reading and Discussion with Dr.Mary Elaine Hegland

Santa Clara University
Tuesday February 25th, 2014 
7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257

 

hegland

 

"Jews of Iran"
A Lecture with Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Tuesday February 18th, 2014
7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257

 

jaleh

  


November, 2013

"The Inner is True, The Rest is Chance"
A Discussion of the Persian Mystic Fariduddin Attar's Conference of the Birds

Thursday November 7th, 2013
7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257

 

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October, 2013 

 "Changing the National Conversation on the Middle East, One Play at a Time"

Talk by Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic  Director of Golden Thread Productions

Wednesday October 30th, 2013 
7 pm MLK Library Room 255

 

 torange flyer

 

"Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran"
Reading with editor Meghan Sayres and contributing authors: Azin Arefi, Jasmin Darznik, Farnaz Fatemi & Brian Appleton

Thursday October 10th, 2013
7 pm MLK Library Room 255/257

 

meghan

  

 "The Cat and the Coup"
Decoded by Kurosh ValaNejad and Comments by George Vasquez

Tuesday October 8th, 2013 
7 pm MLK Library Room 255 

catandcoup


September, 2013

 "Cyrus the Great & Achaemenid Persia in World History"
Lecture by Professor John Lee

Wednesday September 4th, 2013 
7 pm MLK Library 225

 

cyrus


April, 2013

Iran's Upcoming Election and Nuclear Dispute

Dr. Dariush Zahedi

Thursday April 11, 2013
7 pm MLK Library 225/229
  
 


 

Tremors Reading and Book singing

Thursday April 4, 2013
7 pm MLK Library 225/229
Iranian American Writers 

 
 
 

"Just a Piece of Cloth"
Film Screening


Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:30-8:00pm
MLK Library 225/229
 

 


 March, 2013

Iranian Women Occupying Facebook: Identity and Resistance
By Dr. Shahin Gerami

March 19, 2013, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm MLK Library 255/257 

 

 

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

March 14, 2013 7 pm
MLK Library Room 225/229                                                          


 

Welcome Spring: A Concert of Classical and Folk Persian Music To Celebrate Norouz and the Arrival of Spring 

Mahvash Guerami (Santour) and Hossein Massoudi (Vocals)
Sunday March 10, 2013 3 pm with Tea and Sweets Reception at 2:30pm
SJSU Engineering Auditorium (Rm 189)
Free and Open to the Public

Welcome Spring 



November, 2012

Nuclear Ambitions, Human Rights, and the future of US-Iran Relations 

Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri, San Francisco State University
Nazy Kaviani, Committee to Protect Journalists
Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United for Iran
November 29, 7 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 

 

November 29th Event

 

Reading and conversation with Bay Area Iranian-American Novelist Anita Amirrezvani, author of Equal of the Sun 

November 19, 7 pm 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 


Anita Amirrezvani Event

 



October, 2012

Ghazal Games — An Evening with Iranian-American Poet and Translator Roger Sedarat

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229
San Jose State University, 4th and San Fernando St. 

 

Ghazal GamesDear Regime

Ghazal Games Oct. 11

 



April, 2012


[April 12, 2012]
baharaneh
An Evening of Music & Poetry to Celebrate Spring 

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March, 2012


[March 11, 2012]

The History of Women in Ancient and Early Medieval Iran
Dr. Touraj Darayee
Dr. Touraj Darayee


[March 8, 2012]
Recollections: Art & the Archive of an Iranian-American Journey

Works by Acclaimed Bay Area Artist Taraneh Hemami 

Taraneh Hemami explores themes of displacement, preservation, and representation in personal and collective projects, from permanent and ephemeral installations to object and media productions.


Recollections      
      
      


 

February, 2012


[February 23, 2012]
Dog Sweat Special Screening
Q&A with Film Director Hossein Keshavarz

 Dog Sweat


 

October, 2011


[October 21, 2011]
An Evening with Marina Nemat, author "Prisoner of Tehran" & "After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed"

Marina Nemat