The Mother of the Children of the World: A talk by Dr. Naman Ahuja

POSTERThe Mother of the Children of the World, Dr. Naman Ahuja
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi | 2015 Getty Visiting Scholar

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Humanities Gateway 1030

In an age of diasporas, we often need to think about how a single image communicates to diverse people. Attendant to globalisation has been a long-standing fear of homogenising difference and yet, as we have seen, what it has enabled, often times, is a cosmopolitanism. Different local practices can coexist even as some differences collapse. This talk examines some of these issues with reference to a close reading of a remarkable ancient Buddhist sculpture of Hariti that comes from the vicinity of Peshawar in ancient Gandhara. Gandhara absorbed a variety of people and traditions–Central Asian, Indian, Iranian, Greek, West Asian and, as this talk will show, even Egyptian. In such cases, images need to be polyvalent, or sometimes, syncretic; however as this example will show, they also need to be aware of difference.

Negar Farajiani – “Made in China”

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Department: Center for Persian Studies and Culture
Date and Time: May 7, 2015 – 9:00 AM

Event Location: various campus locations – Talk: HG 1010

Event Details
Negar Farajiani to present “Made In China” public art piece
Interactive display in School of Humanities and Claire Trevor School of the Arts | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Talk by Negar Farajiani | 1010 Humanities Gateway | 3:00-5:00 PM


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Plastic Flowers Never Die: Film Screening by UCI Professor Roxanne Varzi

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Monday, May 11
Plastic Flowers Never Die  Film Screening by UCI Professor Roxanne Varzi (Anthropology and Film & Media Studies)

Reception | 6:30 PM | Humanities Gateway CourtyardScreening | 7:00 PM | 1070 Humanities Gateway (McCormick Screening Room)
Followed by a Q&A Session

Anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Roxanne Varzi spent a year in Iran without a film permit speaking to ideologically-driven mural painters, museum curators, war veterans and other cultural producers alongside the secular youth. The result is an experimental documentary mediation on the aftermath of the war, especially the mourning. PLASTIC FLOWERS NEVER DIE was an Official Selection of the Fourth International Documentary Film Festival in Mexico City (2009), the New Filmmakers festival in Los Angeles (2008), and the MESA FilmFest in Washington, D.C. (2008).

Dr. Jenny Rose: From Behistun to Bamiyan: Meetings Between Ancient Empires

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Dr. Jenny Rose, Claremont Graduate University

Thursday, April 2, 2015
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
135 Humanities Instructional Building

This illustrated presentation by Dr. Jenny Rose will focus on the interaction between the three successive Iranian world empires and contemporary regimes in India. At Behistun in northwestern Iran, a remarkable rock-cut inscription proclaims that the Achaemenid king Darius I came to the throne ‘with the aid of Ahura Mazda.’ The same relief mentions three subject countries to the east of Iran, which later formed part of the Mauryan Empire. Beginning with depictions of various tribute-bearers from India at the Ancient Persian capital of Persepolis, Dr. Rose will trace the interplay of Iranian (‘Zoroastrian’) and Indian (‘Hindu’ and Buddhist) concepts and iconographies through Ashoka Maurya’s Arameo-Iranian edicts, the coinage of Indo-Parthian and Kushan rulers in Gandhara, to the Sasanian period, when Zoroastrian merchants from Iran established trading posts on the northwest coast of India, and those from Sogdiana inscribed graffiti alongside Indian Hindus and Buddhists on the Karakorum highway.

Dr. Jenny Rose holds a doctorate in Ancient Iranian Studies from Columbia University, New York, and currently teaches Zoroastrian Studies in the Department of Religion at Claremont  Graduate University. She has written extensively on many aspects of the religion, most recently on early encounters between Parsi traders in Bombay (Mumbai) and their Yankee counterparts in Salem and Boston. She is also a study leader on tours to archaeological, cultural, and religious sites in Iran, Central Asia, and northwestern China.

Salar Abdoh: Tehran Noir – Book Signing and Celebration

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Salar was born in Iran, and splits his time between Tehran and New York City. He is co-director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the City College of New York. He is the author of The Poet Gameand Opium. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, and on the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts award. He is the editor of Tehran Noir and the author of Tehran at Twilight.

Monday, March 9th, 2015
1030 Humanities Gateway
6:00-7:30 PM Talk
Reception at Jordan Center to follow


Farhang Foundation Lectures in Iranian Studies at the Jordan Center for Persian Studies

Part 1

Part 2


Farhang Foundation Lectures in Iranian Studies at the Jordan Center for Persian Studies

Saturday, February 21st, 2:00-4:00pm

*Please note that the lectures are in Persian