PSA Events 2010-2011

Spring Quarter Events:

Iraninan Music with Negar Bouban

Negar Bouban                 
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Negar Bouban is one of the true talents of Iranian music and has kindly accepted to have a solo Oud performance at Stanford during her short visit to the Bay Area. It is not quite often that PSA has the honor to host such admirable artists, we hope you do not miss the chance to attend this spectacular performance. Please look at the attached brochure for the event details.

Biography: Born in Tehran in 1973, Negar Bouban studied at the faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, earning an MA in Architecture with her design of Tehran’s future Conservatory. Focusing on special acoustic design, she concurrently studied music and musical acoustics, becoming interested in the principles of Iranian music of the past. Negar mastered the oud and Iranian Radif (a collection of old melodies handed down by masters to students throughout generations) and since 1994 has worked with numerous ensembles of Iranian Classical music. She has given over one hundred performances, including Fajr and Yas music festivals, and has made several recordings.

Negar is also deeply involved with the art of improvisation, both in traditional Dastgah (Iranian Classical modal system) and in free improvisation on themes of various origins and modes. Her first solo oud album “Payaapey” (CONTINUOUS) was released in August 2008 and her second solo album (oud and vocals) “In Turn” was released in April 2011. She also holds a PhD in Art Research, with her dissertation on a comparative study of rhythm in Iranian music and literature.

What: Iranian Music Night with Negar Bouban
When: Thursday, May 19th 2011, 7:30pm
Where Stanford University, Building 420, Room 040
Notes:

  • This event is open to the public with free admission.


Dr Soroush: Rumi, the Prophet of Love (in English) Three lectures in Farsi: “Rumi and Nature” (in Farsi)

Abdolkarim Soroush                  Abdolkarim Soroush
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Abdolkarim Soroush is an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor at the university of Tehran. He is arguably the most influential figure in Iran’s religious intellectual movement [1]. Professor Soroush is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland. He was previously affiliated with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and the Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin. His ideas founded on relativism prompted both supporters and critics to compare his role in reforming Islam to that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. He won the Erasmus Prize in 2004, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential intellectuals in 2008. Foreign Policy magazine named him among the 100 top elite intellectuals in 2009 and 2010. The event is sponsored by the Persian Student Association, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Speakers Bureau, and the Graduate Student Council at Stanford University.

First Lecture Second Lecture
What: Rumi, the Prophet of Love Rumi and Nature
When: Monday, May 23, 6:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 24 - 26, 7:00 pm
Where: History Corner (Building 200), Room 002 (map) Jordan Hall (Building 420), Room 041 (map)
Lang: English Farsi

Notes:

  • The even is free and open to public audience
  • Closest parking is available in the Oval and on Galvez and Serra Street.


Persian Movie Series: A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral

A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral
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Dear all, The Persian Student Association is proud to host another film screening session as part of our movie series. Join us at the screening of the multi award winning film: "A few kilos of dates for a funeral" (Chand Kiloo Khorma Baraye Maraaseme Tadfin), a film by Saman Salour, featuring a spectacular performance by "Mohsen Namjoo". This film has received multiple prestigious awards around the globe, including:

  • Special Jury Prize Award, Locarno IFF, 2006
  • The Golden Mongolfier for Best film, Festival 3 Continents de Nantes, France, 2006
  • The Cinema Public Award, Festival 3 Continents de Nantes, France, 2006
  • Best Film Award, Festival International du Film d.Aubagne, France, 2007
  • Best screenplay Award, Festival International du Film d.Aubagne, France, 2007
  • Best Film Award Award, Third Eye 6th Asian Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 2007
  • Young Jury.s Award, Black Movie IFF, Geneva, Switzerland

What: Persian Movie Series: A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral
When: Thursday, May 5th, 2011: 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Where Building 320 located in the main Quad, Room 105, Stanford University
Notes:

  • To cover the costs of the venue, tickets are available for $5 which can be bought at the door on the day of screening.
  • This movie will be in Farsi with English subtitles.


Persian Movie Series: The Loose Rope

The Loose Rope
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Dear Friends, After the successful screening of the multi-award winning movie, Hairan, and following the many requests that we have received from our members, The Persian Student Association at Stanfordﺯ), a film by Mehrshad Karkhani.

Featuring spectacular performances by Pejman Bazeghi and Babak Hamidian. In this film, Karkhani very cinematically describes the contrast which exists between the south and the north of a metropolis. This film has received many positive feedbacks at various movie festivals around the world:

  • Philadelphia IntâF.F. (26 March â April 2009 / USA)
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Asia and America Latina (23 â9 March 2009 / Italy)
  • Cleveland IntâF.F. (19 â9 March 2009 / USA)
  • Tiburon IntâFilm Festival (19 â7 March 2009 / USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Washington DC (8 Feb. 2009 / USA)
  • Portland IntâF.F. (5 â2 Feb. 2009 / USA)
  • Pune IntâFilm Festival (8 â5 Jan. 2009 / India)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (29 Nov 2008 / USA)
  • London Int'l Film Festival (15 â0 Oct. / 2008 / UK)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (4 Oct. â Nov. / 2008 / USA)
  • Hamburg Int'l Film Festival (25 Sept. â Oct / 2008 / Germany

What: Persian Movie Series: The Loose Rope
When: Wednesday, April 6th, 2011: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where Building 320 located in the main Quad, Room 105, Stanford University
Notes:

  • To cover the costs of the venue and screening license fees, tickets are available for $5, which may be obtained either at the door or online through this website .
  • This movie will be in Farsi with English subtitles.


PSA Norouz Celebration

Norouz
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Dear Friends, For centuries, Iranians of all religious faiths have celebrated Norouz. Like years past, the Persian Student Association at Stanford University will be hosting an event for Norouz to bring together our community for this historically and culturally significant event. The members of the Turkish Student Association as well as the Azerbaijani Student Association will also be celebrating this event with us.

What: 1390 Norouz Celebration
When: March 20, 2011 -- 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Where Bechtel International Center
The event is open to all Stanford students, faculty, staff, and their families. We look forward to seeing you there.


Winter Quarter Events:

ChaharShanbeh Soori

4 Shanbeh Soori
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Dear Friends, The Persian Student Association at Stanford University, along with Didar Events and Shabeh Jomeh, is proud to present: ChaharShanbeh-Soori in Palo Alto.
For more information please visit the event website.

What: ChaharShanbeh-Soori in Palo Alto
When: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 6:00-9:30 pm All Ages,
           9:30 pm to 2 am After Party 21+
Where B4Tweleve Bistro & VIP Lounge 412 Emerson Street; Palo Alto, CA
Notes:

  • Complimentary Admission for All Before 9 pm
  • Free All Night with Valid Stanford ID
Enjoy Fire Festival, Dancing, and Delicious Kebabs and Ash Reshteh by Afsan Catering!


Persian Movie Series

Heiran
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Dear Friends, The Persian Student Association at Stanford University is proud to host the screening of: Heiran a multi-award winning movie by Shalizeh Arefpour
Iranian cinema legend Khosro Shakibayi's last performance
Featuring a performance by Baran Kosari
Produced by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Jahangir Kosari

Heiran explores the issues faced by Afghan immigrants in Iranian society, and it has won awards at movie festivals around the world:

  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival ( 10 - 19 Sept. 2009 / Canada )
  • Tunis Int'l Film Festival ( 23 - 27 Sept. 2009 / Tunis )
  • Hamburg Int'l Film Festival ( 24 Sept. - 3 Oct. 2009 / Germany )
  • Berlin Cinema Babylon ( 9 - 15 Oct. 2009 / Germany )
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival ( 15 - 30 Oct. 2009 / Hong Kong )
  • Gene Siskel Film Center ( 17 - 18 Oct. 2009 / USA )
  • Denver Film Festival ( 12 - 22 Nov. 2009 / USA )
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival ( 18 - 29 Nov. 2009 / Sweden )
  • Dubai Int'l Film Festival ( 9 - 16 Dec. 2009 / UAE )
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504398/

What Heiran
When Thursday, February 24th, 2011: 7pm - 8:30pm
Where Bishop Auditorium, The Graduate School of Business, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford University
To cover the costs of the venue and the rights to screen the movie, tickets are available for 5$, which may obtained through: http://egroups.stanford.edu/p-291-psa-screening-of-heiran.aspx
Please note that this movie will be in Farsi with English subtitles.


Autumn Quarter Events:

PSA Yalda Celebration

Yalda Night
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PSA Yalda Celebration

Dear Friends,

For centuries, Iranians of all religious faiths have celebrated Yalda, a tradition rooted in Iran 's ancient religion of Mithraism, which occurs on the longest night of the year. Like years past, the Persian Student Associa tion at Stanford University will be hosting an event for Yalda to bring together our community for this historically and cult urally significant night. This year's celebration will feature live traditional Persian music, a poetry reading, the warmth o f your friends, and certainly the delicious treats associated with Yalda.

What: 2010 Yalda Celebration
When: Dec. 21, 2010 -- 8:30-11:30 pm
Where: Bechtel International Center
The event is open to all Stanford students, faculty, staff, and their families.
We look forward to seeing you there.


Iran's Six Reform Movements in the Past Six Decades

Talk:Bazargan
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Mr. Abdolali Bazargan is the son of Mr. Mehdi Bazargan, the late Iranian Prime Minister. Mr. Bazargan was born in Tehran, Iran in 1943. He received his Masters of Science degree from Beheshti University in Iran. He has been an activist, an author and editor, and a public intellectual for the past several decades. He has been especially active as an author contributing to the causes of Iran's Reformist and Green movements. He currently lives with his family in Orange County, California and he lectures and teaches in greater Los Angeles and the Bay Area.


What Iran's Six Reform Movements in the Past Six Decades: A talk by Mr. Abdolali Bazargan
When November 12th, 2010 - 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Where Stanford University - Jordan Hall - Room 041
Notes:

  • This program will be in Farsi
  • The lecture will begin promptly at 6 pm, as the speaker has a subsequent commitment that evening.


PSA Fall Boat Party

Fall Party Fall Party Fall Party
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Dear Friends,
Come join your PSA Board at sea this year for the annual Fall Party! Last year, we celebrated the Persian New Year together with a boat party and received unanimously positive feedback. On Friday, November 19, 2010 we're taking the party back to the San Fransisco Bay from 9:00PM to Midnight on the even more luxurious Chardonnay with DJ Dadmehr! Come celebrate the first night of Thanksgiving Break in style!

What PSA FALL BOAT PARTY
When Friday, November 19, 2010
Boarding time: 8:30 PM
Boarding from: 2394 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, Ca, 94501
Tickets:

For Vessel's information visit here.


PSA Welcome Dinner

PSA Eftar
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Dear PSA members and affiliates,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to our WELCOME dinner,Oct 22, 2010, 7-10 PM. We are looking forward to welcome all of you , Graduates and Undergraduates, who would like to know about and get involved with PSA this year. This is going to be our very first big event of the year 2010-11. So please, come to our dinner, enjoy food and music, meet old friends and make new ones. And learn about our plans for the this year. We are excited to see you

  • When: October 22, 2010 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Where: GCC Havana Room
  • The event is open to all Stanford students.

Summer Quarter Events:

PSA Eftar

PSA Eftar
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Every year the Islamic Society of Stanford University (ISSU) organizes multiple Eftars throughout the month of Ramadan, which are sponsored by different individuals and organizations each night. The Persian Student Association has proudly sponsored at least one Eftar almost every year. This year, we are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the Eftar on Sunday, August 29th.

Please join us in the Common Room on the 3rd floor of the Old Union at 8pm on August 29th for the Eftar dinner, where traditional Persian food will be served. All Stanford students, faculty, staff, and their families are welcome to attend.

This event has been made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Behzad Imani, a grant from the Achilles Fund at the Bechtel International Center, and it is funded by the Graduate Student Council (GSC).
What PSA Eftar
When August 29th, 2010: 8:00pm
Where Stanford University - Old Union, 3rd floor


Secularism: A Talk by Dr. AbdolKarim Soroush

Talk:Abdolkarim Soroush
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Professor AbodolKarim Soroush was born in Tehran, Iran in 1945. He attained a degree in pharmacy in Iran, a graduate degree in analytical chemistry in the UK, and he spent the following five years studying history and the philosophy of science at Chelsea College. After the Islamic Revolution he returned to Iran where he served as director of the newly established Islamic Culture Group at Tehran's Teacher Training College. A year later, as Iranian universities were closed under the banner of the Cultural Revolution, Professor Soroush was directly appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini as one of the original members of the Cultural Revolution Institute, which oversaw the restructuring of all syllabi before a reopening of these institutions three years later. After that assignment he has mainly stayed out of the government, and his principal position has been that of a researcher in the Institute for Cultural Research and Studies. He co-founded the Kiyan monthly, which in the 1990's became one of the most important forums for religious intellectualism in Iran, and this publication served as a forum for his articles, which were increasingly critical of the political role played by the Iranian clergy. In 1998, along with dozens of other publications that were deemed critical of the ruling regime, this monthly was closed down. Since 2000, Soroush has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and he has held teaching and scholarly positions at Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, and other world-class institutions. He won the Erasmus Prize in 2004, he was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2005, and Foreign Policy magazine named him among the most desired thinkers the world should listen to in 2009.

This event is sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters.
What Secularism: A Talk by Dr. AbdolKarim Soroush
When August 12th, 2010: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where Stanford University - Clark Center Auditorium 318 CAMPUS DR
Notes:

  • This program will be in Farsi
  • A small eftar will be served at 8:30 pm


Divine Love in Rumi's Mathnavi

Talk:Pourjavady
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Professor Pourjavady was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He received his BA in Western Philosophy from San Francisco State University, and his MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tehran. He has taught at multiple universities in Iran, the United States, and Italy, especially at the University of Tehran, where he is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. Professor Pourjavady has authored some 37 books, as well as hundreds of essays and articles in the fields of Islamic mysticism, philosophy, and Persian literature. As the founding-director of Iran University Press, the largest academic publishing house in Iran after the Revolution, he supervised the publication of some 1,200 academic books and 11 periodicals in Persian, English, French, and German.


What Divine Love in Rumi's Mathnavi: A talk by Prof. Pourjavady
When August 6th, 2010: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where Stanford University - Clark Center Auditorium 318 CAMPUS DR
Notes:

  • This program will be in Farsi
  • The Clark Center auditorium is below ground


Women in Modern Iranian Literature

Talk:Goli Taraghi
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Goli Taraghi is a writer of myriad talents. Whether contemplating the place of .the mythical mother of life. in human consciousness, or writing about the larger than life figure of her father.a real estate and publishing magnate, an Iranian Citizen Kane, in her words. whether describing the sad and satirical absurdities of her life in Islamic Iran or in secular Europe, she brings to her subject a sobering and searing honesty, and an acute awareness of the ironies of the human condition.

In her work, the comic and the melancholic are inseparable. Human frailty is matched by the humanism evident in many of her characters. dispositions. In all she writes, facts of life and fictions of the mind, myths of the past and mundane realities of today cohere to create narratives that are, in the best traditions of Persian literature, at once simple and sophisticated, easy to enjoy and difficult to emulate.

This event is sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters.
What Talk by Goli Taraghi
When May 25 6:00 PM
Where Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113 (Map)


Regular Events:

PSA Volleyball

  • When: Every Sunday at 1:00 PM
  • Where: The Oval, Stanford University

PSA Basketball

  • When: Every Saturday at 1:00 PM
  • Where: Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation (ACSR)

PSA Thursday lunch

  • When: Every Thursday at 12:15 PM
  • Where: Tressider Student Union, in front of TreeHouse

Masnavi Reading Sessions

  • When : Every 3rd Tuesday (and whenever the 5th Tuesday occurs in the month) 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where : Cubberly Auditorium - 2nd floor.
  • Contact mathnavi AT yahoo DOT com prior to your first visit to confirm the class location.

Ghazaliat Reading Sessions

  • When : First and third Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where : Cubberly Auditorium - 2nd floor.
  • Contact mathnavi AT yahoo DOT com prior to your first visit to confirm the class location.
   

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