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December 2020

Book Talk: Man of My Time

December 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Set in Tehran and New York, Man of My Time is the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world.  After decades of working with ambivalence for the Iranian government, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father.  Tucked into a mint tin in Hamid’s pocket, the ashes propel him into an excavation of a lifetime of betrayals,…

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Tribute to Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian

December 10 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a celebration in memory of the life and work of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). We will host some of the foremost masters of classical Iranian music who collaborated with him or were his student. Maestros Rambod Sodeif, Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, Dariush Talai, Mohammadreza Darvishi, Ali Akbar Moradi, and Ms. Fariba Davoodi will each discuss the legacy of Maestro Shajarian and perform a piece in his memory. Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program is grateful to Maestro Nazeri…

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Inside the Center: Book Talk with Niloofar Haeri

December 10 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Say What Your Longing Heart DesiresWomen, Prayer & Poetry in IranFollowing the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government set out to Islamize society. Muslim piety had to be visible, in personal appearance and in action. Iranians were told to pray, fast, and attend mosques to be true Muslims. The revolution turned questions of what it means to be a true Muslim into a matter of public debate, taken up widely outside the exclusive realm of male clerics and intellectuals. Anthropologist Niloofar…

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