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Friday, February 23, 2024

On Our Virtual Route 66: On Our World


We present a set of Random Thoughts on the Education Front courtesy of Stanford University and the Visual Capitalist as we look forward to the continued privilege to serve:

Upcoming Events: Forugh Farrokhzad (Feb 22) | Iranian Masculinities (Feb 29)
Around CampusMahan Esfahani Concert (March 6)
For Stanford Students: Norooz celebration (March 5) 

The United States, the West, and the 1979 Revolution, with Dr. Abbas Milani
On the 45th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this Iran International episode of "Witness to History" features an interview with Dr. Abbas Milani analyzing the policies of the United States and Western allies toward the final months of the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. In Persian/Farsi.  
Narratives From the Victims of Flight PS752
October 26, 2023. In Persian/Farsi. 
Dr. Hamed Esmaeilion, Ms. Moniro Ravanipour,
and guest Ms. Azadeh Heydaripour
Forugh Farrokhzad: A New Edition of Her Collected Works
Domenico Ingenito
Thursday, February 22th, 6:30-8:00 PM PT | In Person

Professor Domenico Ingenito discusses his new book offering a critical edition and Italian translation of Forugh Farrokhzad’s entire poetic production. Farrokhzad (1934-1967) is the first female Iranian poet who playfully renegotiated the formal rules and dominant imagery of classical Persian poetry and wrote about sex and desire from the perspective of women.
Until recently, due to censorship and editorial misunderstandings, no reliable editions of Forugh Farrokhzad’s collected works were available on the market. Dr. Ingenito’s new book features the Persian text of all the original collections of poetry published by Farrokhzad during her lifetime, along with pieces published posthumously, verses co-authored with Yadollah Roya’i, lines extracted from the film Khāne siyāh ast, as well as Farrokhzad’s proto-feminist afterword to Asir (1955). This edition includes a literary biography of Farrokhzad’s life and works as well an annotated critical study that traces the editorial development of Farrokhzad’s poetry collections until the time of her death.

Domenico Ingenito is Associate Professor of Iranian Studies and Persian Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles

Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts

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A History of Iranian Masculinities During the Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Period
Sivan Balslev
Thursday, February 29th, 6:30-8:00 PM PT | In Person

The transition from Qajar rule in Iran to that of rule by the Pahlavi dynasty set in motion a number of shifts in the political, social, and cultural realms. Focusing on masculinity in Iran, Dr. Sivan Balslev's book Iranian Masculinities: Gender and Sexuality in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran interweaves ideas and perceptions, laws, political movements, and men's practices to spotlight the role men as gendered subjects played in Iranian history. It shows how men under the reign of Reza Shah dressed, acted, spoke, and thought differently from their late Qajar period counterparts. Furthermore, it highlights how the notion of being a "proper Iranian man" changed over these decades. Demonstrating how an emerging elite of western-educated men constructed and promoted a new model of masculinity as part of their struggle for political, social, and cultural hegemony, Dr. Balslev shows how this new model reflects wider developments in Iranian society at the time including the rise of Iranian nationalism and the country's modernisation process.

Sivan Balslev is a historian of modern Iran, focusing on the cultural and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her fields of interest include gender, sexuality, childhood studies, and everyday life. Her current project, funded by the Israel Science Foundation, focuses on the history of children and childhood in Iran, circa 1870-1970. Since 2018, Dr. Balslev has been a lecturer (assistant professor) at the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Iranian Masculinities: Gender and Sexuality in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is her revised dissertation. The book offers the first study of the emergence of a new model of hegemonic masculinity in Iran. In addition to Iranian Masculinities, she published two translations to Hebrew from the work of Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad: Another Birth and Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season.

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Global Dialogues: Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Friday, February 23 at 12:00 pm Pacific, via Zoom
Mahan Esfahani In Recital 
Stanford Live
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 PM PT | In Person
Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord, bringing it into the mainstream of concert instruments. Performances by the Iranian-born harpsichordist leave critics breathless and audiences rapt—his light touch and superhuman agility conjuring interpretations that are “exquisite beyond measure” (Los Angeles Times). 

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