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.

Current Events

Spring 2014

Reasons behind Safavid decline and the lessons that can be learned from them

A lecture in Persian by Professor Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Russian and Soviet Occupation of Iran in the First World War

A talk in Persian by Dr. Elham Malekzadeh. Part of the CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
5:00 PM

Public Lives and Private Letters: Iran’s First Literary Couple

Reflections of the contemporary socio-political thoughts in Jalal Al-e Ahmad's Letters to Simin Daneshvar - A lecture by Houra Yavari. Part of the CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
4:00 PM

Looking for Ethnicity in Iran

A lecture by Rasmus Christian Elling, Copenhagen University. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Looking for Ethnicity in Iran

A lecture by Rasmus Christian Elling, Copenhagen University. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Monday, June 02, 2014
2:00 PM

Past Events

Winter 2014

Honor and Rights: the Politics of Love in Iran

A lecture by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Legal Anthropologist, SOAS, London. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
4:00 PM

The World, the Text and the Wonderful Life: The Pioneering Spirit of Early Persian Poetry

A lecture by Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
4:00 PM

Shahnameh dar Derazna-ye Sadehha: Sargozasht-e Yek Shahkar

A lecture by Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
4:00 PM

Screening - Hush: Girls Don't Scream

Film screening followed by discussion with writer/director Pouran Derakhshandeh / Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
5:00 PM

Sayyad's, "The Ass"

An Introduction and reading in Farsi by Mary Apick and Parviz Sayyad. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
5:00 PM

Iran’s Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

A Public Lecture by Hashem Pesaran, USC & University of Cambridge. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Monday, February 24, 2014
4:00 PM

The Constitutional and Legal Status of non-Shiites in Iran

A lecture by Houchang-Esfandiar Chehabi, Boston University. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.
Monday, March 10, 2014
2:00 PM

Fall 2013

The 1953 Coup and its Implications for the Current Political Discourse in Iran

A panel discussion. Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
4:00 PM

The 1953 Coup and its Implications for the Current Political Discourse in Iran

A panel discussion. Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series.
Monday, October 14, 2013
3:00 PM

The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons

A book talk by Goli Taraghi, Author. Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
5:00 PM

Democracy and the Idea of Nonviolence in Contemporary Iranian Politics

A lecture discussing two new books by Ramin Jahanbegloo: The Gandhian Moment (Harvard University Press, 2013); and Democracy in Iran (Palgrave, 2013). Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
5:00 PM

Democracy and the Idea of Nonviolence in Contemporary Iranian Politics

A lecture discussing two new books by Ramin Jahanbegloo: The Gandhian Moment (Harvard University Press, 2013); and Democracy in Iran (Palgrave, 2013). Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series.
Monday, November 18, 2013
3:00 PM


Academic Year 2012/2013

The Logic of Iran's Foreign Policy (Lecture in English)

A lecture by Dr. Mansour Farhang
Monday, April 01, 2013
3:00 PM

Continuity and Change in the Cultural Legacy of Qajar Era

A lecture by Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies, Yale University
Sunday, May 05, 2013
5:00 PM

Anxious Onlookers: Qajar Iran and resistance to the British Raj

A lecture by Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies, Yale University
Monday, May 06, 2013
3:00 PM

Mostafa Sho‘aiyan: The Forgotten Revolutionary and the Possibility of Unified Action

A lecture by Peyman Vahabzadeh, University of Victoria
Saturday, May 18, 2013
6:00 PM

Iran and the Rise of the 21st Century Intellectuals

A lecture by Ata Hoodashtian, Institut Canadien de Management
Sunday, March 10, 2013
5:00 PM

Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist

Film screening followed by Q&A with Bahman Maghsoudlou, Director/Writer/Producer
Sunday, February 24, 2013
5:00 PM

A Book Talk by Kambiz Navai on “Khesht o Khial: An Interpretation of Iranian Islamic Architecture”

A book talk by Kambiz Navai, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Sunday, February 10, 2013
5:00 PM

Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis

A lecture by Payam Sharifi, Paris-based essayist, artist, and strategist
Thursday, February 07, 2013
2:00 PM

Screening of "The Ayatollah’s Seal" and lecture on "Safety of Journalists"

A lecture by Mohammad Manzarpour BBC Persian Bureau Editor. Washington DC, following the screening of the documentary "The Ayatollah's Seal"
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Discussion on a 4-Volume Book on the Holocaust

A panel discussion with Dr. Ardeshir Babaknia, Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar, and Reza Goharzad, Journalist
Sunday, January 27, 2013
6:00 PM

Commemoration of the Iranian Media Legend Iraj Gorgin

A book launch
Sunday, January 13, 2013
5:00 PM

Patriot of Persia

A book reading by Christopher de Bellaigue, Journalist
Thursday, January 10, 2013
2:00 PM

Myths in Bahram Beyzaie's Works [اسطوره‌ها در آثار بهرام بیضایی]

A lecture by Bahram Beyzaie, film/theater Director, screen/play writer, researcher
Sunday, December 02, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Labour Agency in Refashioning the Discourse of Modernity and Social Developments in Iran [Forudastan va Bazkhani-ye Goftman Tajadod dar Iran]

A lecture by Touraj Atabaki, International Institute of Social History.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
5:00 PM

The Particularities of Our Culture [Ekhtesasat-e Farhangie ma]

A lecture by Morteza Mardiha, Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Sunday, November 04, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nine Rubies

A book talk by Mahru Ghashghaei and Susan Snyder, Authors
Sunday, October 21, 2012
5:00 PM

In The Name of Iran

A book reading by Parastou Forouhar, Artist and Author
Sunday, September 16, 2012
5:00 PM


Academic Year 2011/2012

Resentment of the Iranian Intelligentsia

An approach to the psychological complexities of the Third-Worldly intelligentsia, with emphasis on its Iranian case, on the basis of the Nietzsche and Max Scheler’s analysis of the social-psychological phenomenon of “Resentment”
Sunday, May 27, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sayyid Zia, the First or Second Man of the Coup?

A lecture by Sadreddin Elahi, Independent Journalist and Writer
Sunday, April 29, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Iran and the Arab Spring: What is next?

A lecture by Mohamad Hossein Hafezian, Montclair State University
Sunday, April 22, 2012
5:00 PM

Poetics and Politics of Iran's National Epic, The Shahnameh

A lecture by Mahmoud Omidsalar, California State University, Los Angeles
Monday, March 12, 2012
3:00 PM

Poetics and Politics of Iran's National Epic, The Shahnameh

A lecture by Mahmoud Omidsalar, California State University, Los Angeles
Sunday, March 11, 2012
5:00 PM

Secularism and Gender in Iran of Today

A panel discussion
Sunday, March 04, 2012
3:00 PM

Fazilat-e bakhshesh dar zendegi-ye fardi va siyasi (The Virtue of Forgiveness in Personal and Political Life)

A lecture by Arash Naraghi, Moravian College
Saturday, January 07, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A Night with Bahram Beyzai

Short film screening and discussion with Bahram Beyzai, film/theatre director, screen/play writer, researcher
Monday, November 21, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Derakht-e Sokhangoo

A lecture by Bahram Beyzai, film/theatre Director, screen/play writer, researcher
Sunday, November 20, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM