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The Persian Book Lecture Series on Video, an Educational Resource, Now Available Online

(The following post is by Hirad Dinavari, reference specialist for the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.)

In conjunction with the 2014 exhibition: “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book” at the Library of Congress, we in AMED teamed up with Roshan Persian Studies Institute at University of Maryland to co-host thirteen lectures and a symposium on various aspects of the Persian language, and the book making traditions. The majority of the lectures were hosted at the Library and the others were held at the University of Maryland. Almost all the lectures were filmed and I am delighted to highlight here the video recordings of the first “Persian Book Lecture Series” at the Library of Congress. Listed below are the video recordings as well as the online virtual version of the exhibition.

Click here to watch the guided tour of the exhibition and to view the exhibition brochure.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans and Ambassador Hushang Ansary, as well as a number of other Iranian-American patrons.

Public programming for the Library of Congress exhibition was cosponsored by Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland with the generous support of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute based in Hawaii.

The Persian Book Lecture Series

Thursday March 27, 2014, Library of Congress
Inaugural lecture on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition “A Thousand Years of the Persian Book”
Illustrating the Persian Book: The Happy Marriage of Literary and Visual Narrative,”
Dr.  John Renard, St. Louis University
Panel discussion: “The History, Complexity, and Significance of the Art of the Persian Book
Dr.  John Renard, Professor, St. Louis University
Dr. Fatemah Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland
Dr. Amy Landau, Associate Curator, Walters Art Museum
Chris Murphy, Head, Near East Section, Library of Congress, moderator

AfsanehNajmabadiWednesday, April 9, 2014, University of Maryland, College Park
Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Exploration
Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Harvard University

Friday, April 25, 2014, Library of Congress
The Persian Book of Kings: Vicissitudes of a Foundational Text in Iranian Culture
Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Library of Congress
Persian Mystical Literature: The Marriage of Poetry and Music
Jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and Poetry and Literature Center, in partnership with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland
Jessika Kenney, Cornish College of the Arts
Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, University of Maryland

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Library of Congress
When Ink and Color Meet: The Art of Painting in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings)
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Freer/Sackler Gallery

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Library of Congress
Woven Words and Painted Pictures: The Persian Book in India
Dr. Sunil Sharma, Boston University

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Library of Congress
The Persian Book: Animation and Illustration
Ms. Rashin Kheiriyeh, freelance illustrator, New York Times

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, University of Maryland, College Park
“Librarians, Patrons, and Poets: The Personal Dimension of Persian Manuscripts”
Dr. Amy Landau, Walters Art Museum

July 23, 2014, Library of Congress
The Printing Press as an Agent of Tradition in Iran: Revisiting Elizabeth Eisenstein’s The Printing Press as an Agent of Change
Dr. Ulrich Marzolph, University of Göttingen, Germany

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Library of Congress
The Persian Book in Pre-Modern Turkey
Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa, University of Maryland

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Library of Congress
Forough Farrokhzad’s Biography and Unpublished Letters
Dr. Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, University of Maryland, College Park
Modern Literature in Afghanistan: Contributions to the Persian Book
Dr. Wali Ahmadi, University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Library of Congress
The World of Persian Literary Humanism: Spreading Culture through Books
Dr. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University

Symposium

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Graphics designed by Hamid Rahmanian.

Friday, May 2, 2014, Library of Congress
A two panel conference and discussion on “The Wide World of Persian: Connections and Contestations, 1500–Today
Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland; Dr. Kevin Schwartz, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies; Amin Tarzi, Marine Corps University; Dr. Muriel Atkin, George Washington University; Dr. Wazhmah Osman, Temple University; Pardis Minuchehr, George Washington University; Willem Floor, Independent Scholar,  and Dr. Corey Miller, University of Maryland

 

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