Winter Quarter Events:
ALEXANDER 'THE GREAT' OR ALEXANDER 'THE ACCURSED' IN THE IRANIAN WORLD?
Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting at 4 pm
Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford. He received his M.A. in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2007 in Iranian and Persian Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Undergraduate Core Curriculum and as the Lecturer on Old Iranian at Harvard from 2007-2009. He was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities from the National Council for the Humanities in 2010. He teaches a number of courses related to ancient and late antique Iran, including Old Persian and Middle Persian Language and Literature; Winged Bulls and Sun Disks: Religion and Politics in the Persian Empire and Priests, Prophets, and Kings: Religion and Society in Late Antique Iran. He also teaches classes on Zoroastrianism, such as Beyond Good and Evil: A Thematic Introduction to Zoroastrianism and Sugar in the Milk: Modern Zoroastrianism as Race, Religion, and Ethnicity. He is currently working on a book project on Zoroastrian scriptural interpretation in Late Antiquity and he is a co-editor of the forthcoming, The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Zoroastrianism, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell of Oxford, U.K. in 2013.
Iran Travelogue - An Accidental Look into the Distant Past
Free Parking Available Anywhere on Campus Starting After 4PM
Nersi Ramazannia will be sharing his personal discovery of little known historical sites and facts surrounding ancient Near Eastern societies that played major roles in the development of human civilization. Also, the impact of urbanization's needs on this vulnerable heritage will be examined. One of the places highlighted in this talk is the ancient town of Rey, south of Tehran.
Nersi Ramazannia is a Berkeley resident who recently spent some time in Iran exploring various ancient sites. Born and raised in Khuizestan, Iran, Nersi has been fascinated from an early age by the myriad of undefined ancient sites he has lived close to. He attended Bucknell University and currently works as a consultant in the Software Industry.
PSA movie screening - There are things you don't know
PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of "There are thing you don't know (چیزهایی هست که نمی دانی)".
Staring Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa and Mahtab Keramati, the movie tells the story of a secluded taxi driver in Tehran which is awaiting an earthquake; He has chosen to distance himself from society and to be passive so as not to be hurt. Finally one of his passengers gives him enough motivation to act and bring about a change in his life.
(please note the change of the date and location of the event)
When: Wednesday Feb. 27th, 7 pm
To cover the costs of the venue, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening.
Please note that the movie is in Farsi.
Fall Quarter Events:
POETRY NIGHT WITH MAESTRO HUSHANG EBTEHAJ
Friday, December 7th, 4 - 6 pm, Jordan Hall (Building 420), Room 041 (450 Serra Mall)
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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Persian Student Association at Stanford University
With special thanks to Mr. Parviz Nezami for his efforts to bring Maestro Ebtehaj to Stanford University
Hushang Ebtehaj with the pen name H. E. Sayeh is one of Iran's most accomplishe poets of the past century. He was born on February 25th 1928 in Rasht, Iran, and had his primary schooling there before moving to Tehran. His first book of poetry, with an introduction by the eminent poet Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi, was published when he was 19 years old. During Iran's open period following WWII, Sayeh contributed to various literary magazines such as Sokhan, Kavian, Sadaf, Maslehat, and others. Later he was invited by the national Iranian Radio to produce the traditional music program "Golhaye Taze" and "Golchin Hafte." In the political climate of the 1940s, Sayeh was an ardent advocate of the poetry of social commitment. His own early poetry reveals his concern with purposive literature. Sayeh has also written a collection of lyrical poems (ghazal) in the classical style, where he reveals an easy mastery of traditional forms—the lyrical ode, in particular—which he uses to celebrate both the sacred and the secular moments of life. Sayeh's poetry, at times highly emotional, is always remarkable for its convincing directness and unconcealed sentiment. He has been living with his family in Cologne, Germany since 1987.
PSA movie screening - Absolutely tame is a horse
PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of the last movie of the year, "Absolutely tame is a horse (اسب حیوان نجیبی است)" by Abdolreza Kahani.
Staring Reza Attaran, Parsa Piroozfar and Pantea Bahram (just to name a few), the movie follows one night in Tehran with a cop who extorts payoffs from citizens that break religious rules. Through a very careless and absurd journey of the policeman and the drunk citizen to arrange some money, they confront other characters who cannot help but just fan the flames of futility and pointlessness.
To cover the costs of the venue, tickets will be available for $5, which can be bought at the door on the day of screening. Please note that the movie is in farsi.
PSA movie screening - Our summer in Tehran by Justine Shapiro-Thursday Oct. 25th, 7pm
PSA movie group is proud to announce the screening of "Our summer in Tehran" a documentary by Justin Shapiro.
Our summer in Tehran, a feature-length documentary , is the story of a Jewish-American filmmaker, Justine Shapiro, who takes her 6-year-old son Mateo with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with 3 families: a religious family with ties to the government; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed.
About Justine Shapiro:
Dear PSA members,
It is our pleasure to invite you to the Persian Student Association Welcome Dinner to be held on October 13th, 2012, 7-10 PM. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for the new academic year, introducing new students to the organization, and getting to know everyone interested in being involved with PSA this year.
This event is open only to Stanford students, faculty, staff and their families.
Movie screening - Here without me
Happy fall and welcome back. We would like to start our PSA movie series with screening of "Here without me" اينجا بدون من this Thursday. Directed by Bahram Tavakolli and staring Parsa Pirouzfar, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and Saber Aber, here without me is about a family of three dreaming about their wishes. The movie was inspired by the play The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams. Among many international recognitions of the movie stands Fatemeh Motamed-Arya's best actress award in the 35th Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) .
Summer Quarter Events:
Details of the event are as follows:
You are cordially invited to PSA's Iftar Dinner on Thursday Aug 9. We will serve delicious persian food and "Shole Zard" at the third floor of the Old Union.
Mark on your calendar:
This event is open only to Stanford students
Movie Night - The Dark Knight Rises
Dear PSA movie fans,To those of us excited about the Dark Knight trilogy, the wait has FINALLY come to an end as the final installment of Christopher Nolan's masterpiece is soon to be in theaters. For those few of us NOT excited about the Dark Knight... well... you should not miss this one as this will be a blast... :)
PSA cordially invites you to join your friends to watch this awesome movie next Sunday afternoon.
WHERE TO MEET
Please make sure to RSVP here as the number of tickets are limited.
NOTE: if you plan to not join the carpooling, please be at the theater no later than 17:00. We anticipate a looooooong lineup and wish to be in front of the line to get good seats.
(Visiting Scholar, Stanford University)
A FARSI LECTURE TITLED "DIVINITY AND THE MODERN MAN"
Time: Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm Location: Jordan Hall (450 Serra Mall, Building 420), Room 040 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ABDOLKARIM SOROUSH is an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor at the university of Tehran. He is arguably the most influential figure in Iran’s religious intellectual movement. Professor Soroush is currently a visiting scholar at the Stanford University. He was previously affiliated with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and the Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin. His ideas founded on relativism prompted both supporters and critics to compare his role in reforming Islam to that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. He won the Erasmus Prize in 2004, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential intellectuals in 2008. Foreign Policy magazine named him among the 100 top elite intellectuals in 2009 and 2010.
Dear PSA members,
The hunger games are over and the odds have been in your favor! Yes, we have another Fire-on-Fire BBQ coming up and it's time to FEAST! So, make your way to the latest edition of Fire-on-Fire this Sunday from 5-9pm at Bechtel International Center. Per tradition, this is the first official event of the new PSA board. So, please show your support by volunteering for the event by filling out this form. Keep in mind that if you volunteer, you can have juicy kabobs right off the grill without having to wait in the long line! This year PSA will be serving chenjeh, joojeh kabab, balal, and gojeh. Yes, I know you are drooling as well, so mark your calendars and don't miss out on this event!
On behalf of the new PSA board, I am happy to announce that we are co-hosting the last of the 2011-12 breakfast events this Sunday (May 6). Please join us for a traditional breakfast (chai va noon o panir o halvardeh) as well as delicious pancakes, Iranian style omelet and cheese-omelet.
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