Farhang Foundation and UCI’s Jordan Center For Persian Studies present the first annual Mehregan Conference at UCI, featuring talks and a music demo and performance by renowned experts in the field:

a talk by Professor Dick Davis

a talk by Professor Leonard Lewisohn

a demo and performance by Professor Hossein Omoumi

Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: the United States and Iran in the Cold War, a talk with Dr. Roham Alvandi


Dr. Roham Alvandi is associate professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014) was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Cold War History, Diplomatic History, and Iranian Studies. Dr. Alvandi read for his MPhil and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford and his doctoral thesis was awarded the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Dissertation Prize and the University of Oxford’s Pavry Memorial Prize. He is also a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he received the University Medal, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Before joining the LSE, he worked on the strategic planning staff in the office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tehran. He currently serves on the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Tehran, Revolution, and the Public Space, by Dr. Narciss M. Sohrabi


NARCISSA talk by Dr. Narciss M. Sohrabi. Dr. Sohrabi was born in Yazd and studied civil engineering and urban design in Iran. She received her PhD in Aménagement de l’espace, urbanisme from Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre la Défense on Tehran’s Public space and the Iranian Revolution. In her work, she explores public space interactions through a trans-disciplinary approach that encompasses modernity, public art institutional analysis, political interactions, Islamization and environmental studies.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
1010 Humanities Gateway
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Talk is in Persian

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).