Two Tongues, One Culture: Nowruz

Happy Nowruz to all! To usher in the warming days, our last lecture in the Two Tongues, One Culture series will be about Nowruz, the time-honored celebration of the Spring Equinox. Although this holiday has roots in ancient Iran, it has played a central role across the many diverse cultures of the Near East, with poems and songs dedicated to it in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Armenian, and other languages. In this session, Prof. Hojjat Rasouli (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran) will speak about the historical roots of Nowruz and its literary manifestations, and Dr. Wijdan Alsayegh (U-M) will speak about its celebration in Arabic poetry.

The language of the meeting will be Arabic; students, faculty, and members of the community are all invited and welcome! Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 30, 5:30–6:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104