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January 2017

Film Screening

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Iranian Student Group at UCLA will be hosting a screening and Q&A with lm director  Jahangir Golestan for two back-to-back, English-language documentaries: Homeless to Homeowner, telling the story of Mohammad Mohanna, who establishes a facility to serve  the homeless of Sacramento, and Bam 6.6, detailing the story of the Iranians that saved the  lives of a Jewish-American couple in the aftermath of Iran’s 2003 earthquake in Bam. This  free event is open to the public and made possible by…

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Ups and Downs of Women’s Quest for Equal Rights under the Islamic Republic of Iran

January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian Mehrangiz Kar is a writer, attorney, and activist specializing in women’s rights and family law. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Gender and Women’s Studies Department of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Prior to this fellowship, she worked as a senior expert at Family Health International (FHI), a Washington DC-based international development organization, focusing on Islamic law and gender in the Middle East. Having practiced law in the Islamic Republic of Iran for 22 years, she has published…

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February 2017

Contested Terrains of Iranian Culture

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A lecture in English Throughout modern Iranian history, culture has served as a means of imposing unity and cohesion onto society. The Pahlavi monarchs used it to project an image of Iran as an ancient civilization, re-emerging as an equal to Western nations, while the revolutionaries deployed it to remake the country into an Islamic nation. Just as Iranian culture has been continually re-interpreted, the representations and avocations of Iranian identity vary amongst Iranians across the world. This presentation will…

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Metaphysical Subversions in Contemporary Iranian Art

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A lecture in English The directional force of contemporary Iranian art, especially photography, the genius of its expression, is principally the subversion of metaphysical concepts, be they theological, philosophical and/or ontological. Contemporary Iranian art makes transparent the arbitrariness of Truth centers, thus resulting in the erasure of such cherished absolutes as the concept of author as God (artist as the creator of original concepts and forms), Art (as a privileged expression) and the a priori of an essence from which…

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March 2017

Iran-China Relations in a Changing World

March 5 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

A lecture in Persian As two great civilizations with an illustrious imperial past, Iran and China have a long history of trade, political and cultural ties that go back to the ancient Silk Road more than 2100 years ago.  Islam was introduced to China by Persian speaking Muslims.  Currently, China has more than 30 million Muslims living primarily in the Western part of the country. Against this historical backdrop, Iran and China have witnessed an impressive expansion of their bilateral…

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