Apr 14: Kathryn Babayan

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

Kathryn Babayan / کاترین بابایان

A Tour through Isfahan of the Safavid Era
گشت و گذاری در اصفهان دوران صفویه

Kathryn Babayan is an Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies and the Director of the Armenian Studies Program at U-M. In this, the final Roundtable of the year, she will take us on a tour of Isfahan through the medium of seventeenth-century Safavid majmu‘a and muraqqa‘ (anthologies and albums). Please join us for food, friends, and final last hurrah before we break for the summer! Students, faculty, and members of the community are all welcome; tea and baqlava will be served.

Friday, April 14, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Apr 7: Mahasti Rasouli

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

مهستی رسولی / Mahasti Rasouli

The Strengthening of Emotional Intelligence in the Poetry of Parvin E’tesami
تقویت هوش‌ هیجانی با تأکید بر شعر پروین اعتصامی

Students, faculty, and members of the community are all welcome; tea and baqlava will be served.

Friday, April 7, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mar 31: Backpacking Event

The Persian Roundtable Presents:

The Persian and Iranian Studies Backpacking Event, Winter 2017

Come meet our faculty in Persian and Iranian Studies, who will provide an overview of courses on the schedule for AY 2017–18 and answer your questions about the program! Celebrate Nowruz with fellow students over Persian food and tea! All faculty, staff, fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students interested in Iranian studies and Persian language and literature are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 31, 4:30–6:00pm (NOTE THE TIME)
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

Persian events this week

Salam bar hamegi va nowruzetan piruz,

Please note that we will not be having a Persian Roundtable this week, as we already have a full program of Persian-related activities on the schedule. Please note your calendars for the following events:

Thursday, 3/23 – POETICA: The 2nd Annual NES Poetry Night

With readings in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish performed by NES students, followed by a catered reception. This event is open to all NES students and faculty (with friends and family). Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/nespoetry. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:00–7:00pm. Address: Rackham Assembly Hall / 915 E. Washington St. / Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Saturday, 3/25 – AAB-O-AATASH

Join the Persian Students Association at University of Michigan at their 19th annual cultural show “Aab-o-Aatash” (Fire and Water) to celebrate Norooz. Featuring traditional dances, music, guest performances by other student groups, and comedy by K-Von! Start time: 7pm. Address: Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Mar 17: Poetry Night

The Persian Roundtable Presents / میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

Poetry Hour / ساعت شعر

For this gathering, students in the second year of the Persian program at U-M will read selections of Persian poetry, including lines by Ferdowsi, Sohrab Sepehri, Malek-ol-sho’ara Bahar, and others, which we will translate and discuss. Guests are welcome to bring their own favorite lines to share as well. As usual, baqlava and tea will be served; students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Friday, March 17, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mar 10: Golriz Farshi

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

Golriz Farshi – گلریز فرشی

Rashīd al-Dīn’s Conception of Knowledge and the Construction of Rabʿ-i Rashīdī – علم از دیدگاه رشید الدین و بنیانگذاری ربع رشیدی

Golriz Farshi is a PhD Student in Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. As usual, baqlava and tea will be served; students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Friday, March 10, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feb 17: Cameron Cross

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

Cameron Cross – کامران چلیپا

DRAGONS IN IRANIAN MYTH AND EPIC – اژدها در اسطوره و حماسه‌ی ایرانی

Garshasp

In this talk, I will introduce the figure of the dragon (Azi Dahaka, Azhdaha, Zahhak) as it occurs in a number of ancient and medieval Iranian sources: the Avesta, Pahlavi texts, the Shah-nama, and later epics like the Bahman-nama and Kush-nama. I’m interested in exploring how the dragon takes both physical and metaphysical forms, and how its malicious and destructive nature can at times be physically manifest in demonic figures like Kush or Zahhak, yet in other instances can seem to take the shape of heroes and paladins.

As usual, baqlava and tea will be served; students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Friday, February 17, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feb 10: Mason Jabbari

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

Mason Jabbari

درختان و ترجمان : تأملاتی از زندگی‌ای چندزبان
Of Trees and Translation: Reflections on a Multilingual Life

Trees

What is it like to live a multilingual life? This talk seeks to provide a personal response by ruminating on the phenomenon of translation, acacias, and a few favorite poetic fragments by Walter Benjamin, Sohrab Sepehri, Yves Bonnefoy, Christian Bobin, and Donald Hall.

Mason Jabbari is a PhD student in the Department of English, University of Michigan. As always, students, faculty, and members of the community are all welcome; tea and baqlava will be served.

Friday, February 10, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feb 3: Hojjat Rasouli

The Persian Roundtable Presents – میزگرد فارسی تقدیم می‌کند

SYMBOLS OF IDENTITY IN THE WORKS OF RUMI – نمادهای هویتی در آثار مولانا

Prof. Hojjat Rasouli – سخنران دکتر حجت رسولی

نمادها در ادبیات نقش قابل توجهی ایفا می‌کند به طوری که برخی ادبیات را سخنِ نمادین می‌دانند. مولانا در آثار خود به ویژه مثنوی به خوبی از نمادها برای اهداف خود بهره می‌برد. او اگر چه خود هویتی ایرانی اسلامی به معنای عام آن دارد و زبان آثارش شاهد بارز آن است ولی شخصیت برجستهٔ وی موجب شده‌است که از هویت‌های مختلف جهانی با نمادهای زبانی، ملی، و دینی استفاده کند. در داستان‌های مثنوی به کرات از این نمادها استفاده شده‌است. بررسی برخی از بعضی از این داستان‌ها با رویکرد یاد شده موضوع میزگرد این هفته‌ است

In literature, symbols perform a noteworthy role, in such a way that some see literature as a symbolic discourse. In his works, and especially his Masnavi, Jalaloddin Rumi utilizes symbols well for his own purposes. Although he possess an Irano-Islamic identity in a general sense of the word — and the language of his poetry is an important witness to this — his wide view of the world allows him to make use of other identities through symbols of language, nation, and religion. These symbols are repeatedly used in the stories of the Masnavi. The study of some of these stories from this aforementioned perspective is the topic of this week’s discussion.

Bowl-of-reflections

Hojjat Rasouli is a Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As always, students, faculty, and members of the community are all welcome; tea and baqlava will be served.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm
STB 1022 (The Osterman Common Room)
202 South Thayer St / Ann Arbor, MI 48104