A lecture by Touraj Daryaee, UC Irvine and Afshin Marashi, CSU Sacramento, with Nikki Keddie, UCLA as commentator
Persian Cheese and Arab Lizard: Food and Propaganda in Iran
Touraj Daryaee, UC Irvine
Imagining Hafez: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran, 1932
Afshin Marashi, California State University, Sacramento
Comments by Nikki Keddie, UCLA
Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Daryaee's research has focused on ancient and early medieval history of Iran, specifically the Sasanian Empire. He has worked on Middle Persian literature, editing and translating several texts with commentary on geography, dinner speech, chess and backgammon. He is also interested in the history of Zoroastrianism in Late Antiquity and its encounter with Islam. He is the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies as well as the electronic journal, Bulletin of Ancient Iranian History and the director of Sasanika: Late Antique Near East Project. He most recent book is Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, IB Tauris, 2009 and the forthcoming edited work, The Oxford History of Iran, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Afshin Marashi is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento. He received his PhD (History) from UCLA in 2003 and his BA (Political Science) from UC-Berkeley in 1992. Professor Marashi specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of modern Iran and the comparative study of nationalism. His book, Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power and the State, 1870-1940 was published by the University of Washington Press in 2008.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
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