Past Events

On Friday, April 29, 2022, the Persian Studies Program hosted its last event of Spring 2022 in the Jalinous Lecture Series, Kiarostami: Imagination and Existence in Film. The event included a discussion with panelists Jean-Michel Frodon, Associate Professor of Film at Sciences-Po Paris; Mehrnaz Saeede-Vafa, Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago; and film critic Godfrey Cheshire; and was moderated by Richard Peña, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Columbia University.

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This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

colored stripes in bright and pastel colors

On Friday, March 18, 2022, the Persian Studies Program hosted its next presentation in the Jalinous Lecture Series, Celebration and Ceremony: Zoroastrianism and Nowruz, Easter, and Passover, featuring a panel discussion with Dr. Jamsheed Choksy, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University; Dr. Jason Sion Mokhtarian, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University; Dr. Maria Doerfler, Assistant Professor of Late Antiquity in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University; and moderated by Dr. Neda Bolourchi, Associate Director and Postdoctoral Associate in the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Rutgers University.

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This presentation was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

The Ardabil Carpet (detail), Iran 16th C., Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Safavid Textile (detail), Iran 17th C., LACMA

On Friday, February 11, 2022, the Persian Studies Program hosted a webinar on Magnificent Design: Persian Influence in Textile Arts, featuring panelists Fuchsia Hart, DPhil candidate at The Khalili Research Center, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; Dr. Nazanin Hedayat Munroe, Director of Textile Technology at CUNY/NYC College of Technology New York; and Dr. Nader Sayadi, A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and moderated by Carol Bier, historian, scholar, and former Curator at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

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This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

Shah Tahmasp of Persia receives Humayun Padishah of India, Chehel Sutun Palace, Isfahan, Iran, 1660.

On Friday, December 3, 2021, the Persian Studies Program hosted a webinar on Yalda and Yuletide: Persian Influence on Winter Celebrationsfeaturing panelists Professor Anna Krasnowolska, Professor of Iranian Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland; and Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani, Senior Researcher, Department of Area Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Sylvia W. Önder, Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology here at Georgetown University.

Link available upon request – persian@georgetown.edu (new window).

This event was part of the Jalinous Lecture Series and funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies

On Friday, October 29, 2021, the Persian Studies program hosted a webinar on Pioneers: Iranian Americans in Science Todayfeaturing panelists Dr. Mona Jarrahi, Professor of Physical and Wave Electronics at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Rhodes Scholar and Professor at Harvard University & Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Board Institute of MIT and Harvard, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The discussion was moderated by Ramtin Arablouei, co-host and co-producer of the NPR podcast Throughline.

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This event was part of the Jalinous Lecture Series and funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

From October 12 to 14, 2021, the Persian Studies program hosted its annual Persian Poetry Week, featuring the life, legacy, and works of Hafez.

On Tuesday, October 12, Professor Azin Behzadi discussed “Hafez Translation Around the World.” On Wednesday, October 13, we had three events, including a workshop on Hafez Poetry and Music with musician M. Behfar Bahadoran, the Art and Musical Director at the Iranian American Community Center. Other events included a Hafez Persian poetry game and an Introduction to Hafez Poetry Forms. On Thursday, October 14, Professor Sayeh Salour hosted an English Fortune Telling with Hafez Poetry event.

These events were funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

Photo credits (L to R, clockwise): Iranian Nurse 1950s, Helene Fuld Health Foundation; Philip Boucas, Medical Students in Tehran in 1970s,  WHO; Diagram of Brain According to Avicenna (England, 13th C.), Cambridge University Library; Postage Stamp Bearing Likeness of  Avicenna/Ibn Sina, Poland.

On Friday, September 17, 2021, the Persian Studies program hosted a Zoom webinar on Avicenna featuring a discussion with Hakima Amri, PhD, Director of the Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Program at Georgetown University and co-author of Avicenna’s Medicine; and Willem Floor, PhD, Iranologist and author of books including but not limited to Studies in the History of Medicine in Iran; and moderated by Georgetown University alumna Sheva Tabatabainejad.

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This event was part of the Jalinous Lecture Series and funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

On April 23, the Persian Studies Program hosted its final event in the Jalinous Lecture Series for 2020-2021, The Canticle of the Birds, a panel discussion of the famed poem by the Persian 12th century Sufi poet Attar. Our panel featured Dr. Leili Anvar, Professor in Persian Language and Literature at the Institut National des Langues et Civilsations Orientales (INALCO); Dr. Michael A. Barry, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University; and Ms. Wendy Jehlen, Artistic Director and Founder of ANIKAYA; and was moderated by Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland.

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This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

On March 15, 2021, the Persian Studies program celebrated the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, with a special presentation from Dr. Touraj Daryaee, Masseeh Chair in Persian Studies and Culture, and Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine.

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This event was funded in part by the Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Studies.

On January 22, 2021, the Persian Studies program hosted a Zoom presentation about the influence of medieval Yazd architecture and its impact on modern climate lessons. The presentation featured panelists Dr. Susan Roaf, architect, and Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Mr. Hossein Amanat, architect, from Azadi (Shahyad) Tower Monument, and was moderated by Dr. John McNeill, Professor at Georgetown University.

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This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

Between November 17 and December 4, 2020, the Persian Studies program hosted the virtual viewing and discussion of six Iranian films:

  • Khook – Pig from director Mani Haghighi
  • Marmulak – Lizard from director Kamal Tabrizi
  • We Are All Together from director Kamal Tabrizi
  • What’s The Time In Your World from director Safi Yazdanian
  • The Salesman from director Asghar Farhadi
  • Hamoon from director Dariush Mehrjui

This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

In November we welcomed three guest panelists and a moderator to discuss Evolution or Disconnection in Contemporary Iranian Art. The discussion featured Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Talinn Grigor, Chair of the Art History Program at the University of California, Davis; and Ali Banisadr, contemporary Iranian-American artist; and was moderated by Dr. Layla Diba, author, acholar, and independent curator.

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This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

The Persian Studies Program hosted its 2nd annual Persian Poetry Week from October 26 to 28, 2020. Events featured presentations on Forough Farrokhzad by Professor Sayeh Salour and Persian translator Dr. Martin; Ferdowsi & Shahnameh for Kids by Arsia Rozegar, author of Shahnameh for Kids; and Persian Poetry in Different Languages by Persian Studies Program students and alumni and coordinated by Professor Azin Behzadi.

Read the news story about our first presentation in the 2020-2021 Jalinous Lecture Series, which featured Persian rug specialist Safoura Zoroofchi in discussing the history and heritage of Persian rugs. This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

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From October 22-27, 2019, we celebrated Persian poetry with presentations about Rumi and other Sufi poets, Hafez, Persian women poets, and Sa’adi of Shiraz. This event was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

Event flyer for Persian Poetry Week, including schedule of events and photos of included poets.

The Georgetown University Persian Language and Culture Program and the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies presented an exclusive screening of the documentary film Sardari’s Enigma about Abolhosssein Sardari, the Iranian diplomat who saved hundreds of Iranian Jews in Paris in 1942. Following the screening was a panel discussion on Sardari and on Christian and Jewish Polish refugees in Iran during World War II. Panel participants included scholars, historians, authors and the filmmaker herself with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Roshan Institute of Persian Studies and Georgetown Persian Language and Culture Program presented a documentary showing of The Spirit of Nowruz,followed by a Q&A and book signing by Mr. Farzin Rezaeian, documentary producer. This event was part of the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Lecture Series. and was co-sponsored by the the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, historian and author Dr. Ida Meftahi visited to discuss Lalehzar, Tehran’s “Champs-Élysées” under Allied oaccupation from 1941 to 1945. This lecture was funded in part by the Shahrzad and Farhad Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian Culture and Language Studies.

On November 3, 2018, the Persian program hosted an exceptional workshop on Persian Tapestry with Iranian artist and art professor Shahrzad Gharazi. She discussed her work and led a weaving demonstration. You can view her work on Instagram (new window) and Pinterest.

On February 27, 2018, we welcomed designer, Persian carpet, and crafts specialist Safoura Zoroofchi, founder of Nar Collection, a design house focusing on high-quality handcrafted fashion accessories inspired by Persian art and culture.