Past Events

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 Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian 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 Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian 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 Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian 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 Jalinous Endowed Fund for Persian 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 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 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 Jalinous Endowment for Persian Language and Culture 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 Jalinous Endowment for Persian Language and Culture.

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 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.