The Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran

The Center for Near Eastern Studies' Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran was launched in 2002-03 to address the Center's primary goals: to promote Middle Eastern languages not only as subjects of study but also as vehicles for intellectual communication. Organized by Professor Nayereh Tohidi (California State University, Northridge), and assisted by Peyman Malaz, a UCLA graduate student in Islamic Studies and Political Science, the scholarly presentations have generated wide interest among local Persian-speaking communities, as well as students and faculty at UCLA and other colleges and universities throughout Southern California. In addition to the hundreds of people who attend the lectures at UCLA, a much larger audience has been exposed to the series through podcasts posted on this website; local and international media such as BBC Persian; IRTV (Iranian Television); and Radio Iran (KIRN 670 AM).

In Winter and Spring of 2014, the Program of Iranian Studies is jointly sponsoring the Bilingual Lecture Series.

This Quarter

The Forthcoming Elections for Majles Shura and Majles Khobregan in Iran

A panel discussion in Persian with Kazem Alamdari (California State University, Northridge), Mehrzad Boroujerdi (Syracuse University), Akbar Mahdi (Ohio Wesleyan University), Nouradin Pirmoazen (MD, FACS, Thoracic Surgeon and a Former Reformist Member of Parliament, the Sixth Majles), moderated by Nayereh Tohidi (CSUN)
Sunday, February 14, 2016
4:00 PM

The Development of Iranian Images of Babism: Babi Religion in Nasekh al-Tavarikh

A lecture in Persian by Nader Saiedi, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (UCLA)
Sunday, February 28, 2016
4:00 PM

Past Events

Iranian Women Writing Transnationally

A roundtable in Persian moderated by Nasrin Rahimieh, Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
Sunday, December 06, 2015
4:00 PM

From Jinns to Germs: A Genealogy of Pasteurian Islam

A lecture by Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.
Monday, November 09, 2015
2:00 PM

The Cyrus Cylinder and the Rights Question

A lecture in Persian by Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
4:00 PM

Shi‘ism and Popular Leadership in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911: The Case of Muhammad Kazim Khurasani

A book talk by Mateo M. Farzaneh, Dept. of History, Northeastern Illinois University-Chicago.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
3:00 PM

Changes and Continuities in Iran’s Foreign Relations, Economy, Politics, and Political Culture in the Era of Rouhani

In Persian. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, with the Support of the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies
Sunday, June 07, 2015
4:00 PM

Children’s Song Writer, Life and Work of Abbas Yamini Sharif

Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, with the Support of the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies
Sunday, May 31, 2015
4:00 PM

A Screening of the Documentary “Six Centuries, Six Years”

Documentary film screening. In Persian with English subtitles.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
4:00 PM

Imagining a Modern Iran and the Human Sciences

A lecture in English by Ali Mirsepassi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, New York University
Monday, April 27, 2015
2:00 PM

The “Marvelous” Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid

A lecture in Persian by Ali Mirsepassi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, New York University
Sunday, April 26, 2015
4:00 PM

Compulsory Veiling (Hijab) and Stealthy Freedom in Iran: A Conversation with Masih Alinejad, Journalist

The event in Persian will be moderated by Dr. Nayereh Tohidi, Director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies & Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, with the Support of the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
4:00 PM

Persian Women and Other Lies: Story-telling as Historical Retrieval

A book talk in English with Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Author of "The Woman Who Read Too Much". Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series, with the Support of the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
3:00 PM

Panel on Russo-Iranian Political Relations and Intellectual Ties

A panel discussion in Persian with Maziar Behrooz (Dept. of History, San Francisco State University), Ali Farasati (Dept. of Urban Planning, CSU Northridge) Afshin Matin-Asgari (Dept. of History, CSU Los Angeles)
Sunday, February 22, 2015
4:00 PM

Hafez, Timur and Khosrow of Delhi: A Geo-historical Investigation about the "Shirazi Turk"

A lecture in Persian by Domenico Ingenito, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Sunday, February 08, 2015
4:00 PM