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


“Centrality of Tehran in Iran’s Post-Revolutionary Political Landscape” by Mehrzad Boroujerdi



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“Centrality of Tehran in Iran’s Post-Revolutionary Political Landscape”
Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Friday, February 13th, 2015
1010 Humanities Gateway
6:00-7:30 PM Talk

Tehran has played a disproportionate role in Iran’s political and cultural life both before and after the 1979 revolution. In this presentation, Boroujerdi provides a wide range of empirical data on this phenomena, and analyzes the salience of Tehran-centered political development in post-revolutionary Iran.

Mehrzad Boroujerdi is the O’Hanley Faculty Scholar and Chair of the Political Science Department at Syracuse University. He served as the President of the International Society for Iranian Studies from 2012 to 2014.

Children’s Song Writer – A Documentary film: The life and work of Abbas Yamini Sharif


Children’s Song Writer – A Documentary film: The life and work of Abbas Yamini Sharif
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reception: 6:00PM | Jordan Center for Persian Studies, 1st floor Humanities Gateway
Program: 6:30 PM | McCormick Screening Room

Jordan Center for Persian Studies
University of California, Irvine

* Admission is free and open to the public