The Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran

The Center for Near Eastern Studies' Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran was launched in 2002-03 to address the Center's primary goals: to promote Middle Eastern languages not only as subjects of study but also as vehicles for intellectual communication. Organized by Professor Nayereh Tohidi (California State University, Northridge), and assisted by Peyman Malaz, a UCLA graduate student in Islamic Studies and Political Science, the scholarly presentations have generated wide interest among local Persian-speaking communities, as well as students and faculty at UCLA and other colleges and universities throughout Southern California. In addition to the hundreds of people who attend the lectures at UCLA, a much larger audience has been exposed to the series through podcasts posted on this website; local and international media such as BBC Persian; IRTV (Iranian Television); and Radio Iran (KIRN 670 AM).

In Winter and Spring of 2014, the Program of Iranian Studies is jointly sponsoring the Bilingual Lecture Series.

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Past Events

Media Diplomacy Between Iran and the West: War by Other Means

A lecture by Hamid Naficy (Northwestern University)
Friday, May 13, 2016
4:00 PM

The Concept of Iran: Transition and Revival, (6th-9th Centuries)

A panel discussion in Persian with Ali Mousavi (UCLA), Parvaneh Pourshariati (New York University), Touraj Daryaee (UC Irvine), Hossein Kamaly (Columbia University) Moderator: Nayereh Tohidi, Professor and Director of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, CSUN
Sunday, May 08, 2016
4:00 PM

The Iconoclastic Icon: The Life, Poetry, and the Letters of Forough Farrokhzad (in English)

A lecture by Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia)
Monday, April 11, 2016
2:00 PM

The Iconoclastic Icon: The Life, Poetry, and the Letters of Forough Farrokhzad

In Persian. A lecture by Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia), followed by a short film by Tahmineh Milani: Cinematic Representation of Architecture
Sunday, April 10, 2016
4:00 PM

The Development of Iranian Images of Babism: Babi Religion in Nasekh al-Tavarikh

A lecture in Persian by Nader Saiedi, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (UCLA)
Sunday, February 28, 2016
4:00 PM

The Forthcoming Elections for Majles Shura and Majles Khobregan in Iran

A panel discussion in Persian with Kazem Alamdari (California State University, Northridge), Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Syracuse University), Akbar Mahdi (Ohio Wesleyan University), Nouradin Pirmoazen (MD, FACS, Thoracic Surgeon and a Former Reformist Member of Parliament, the Sixth Majles), moderated by Nayereh Tohidi (CSUN)
Sunday, February 14, 2016
4:00 PM

Iranian Women Writing Transnationally

A roundtable in Persian moderated by Nasrin Rahimieh, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
Sunday, December 06, 2015
4:00 PM

From Jinns to Germs: A Genealogy of Pasteurian Islam

A lecture by Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.
Monday, November 09, 2015
2:00 PM

The Cyrus Cylinder and the Rights Question

A lecture in Persian by Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
4:00 PM

Shi‘ism and Popular Leadership in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911: The Case of Muhammad Kazim Khurasani

A book talk by Mateo M. Farzaneh, Dept. of History, Northeastern Illinois University-Chicago.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
3:00 PM