Gallery Talk

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, noon, South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Hirad Dinavari, Curator of A Thousand Years of the Persian Book will discuss the exhibition  

Lecture Series

The lecture series is 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. Times and locations for the lectures are noted below. Many of the programs take place in the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) Reading Room, which is accessible through the Exploring the Early Americas exhibition, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Thursday March 27, 2014, 10:45 a.m.–noon, Northeast Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress 
Dr.  John Renard, St. Louis University
"Illustrating the Persian Book: The Happy Marriage of Literary and Visual Narrative"

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:30–3:00 p.m., Northeast  Pavilion, second level, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Panel discussion on “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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., University of Maryland, College Park (exact location to be announced)      
Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Harvard University
“Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Exploration”

Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland
“The Persian Book of Kings: Vicissitudes of a Foundational Text in Iranian Culture”           

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress     
Jessika Kenney, Cornish College of the Arts                          
Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, University of Maryland                                          
“Persian Mystical Literature: The Marriage of Poetry and Music”                

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress        
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Freer/Sackler Gallery                                    
“When Ink and Color Meet: The Art of Painting in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings)”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress          
Dr. Sunil Sharma, Boston University                                                                        
“Woven Words and Painted Pictures: The Persian Book in India”                                                                     

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress  
Ms. Rashin Kheiriyeh, freelance illustrator, New York Times                                   
“The Persian Book: Animation and Illustration”                                                           

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., University of Maryland, College Park (exact location to be announced)                 
Dr. Amy Landau, Walters Art Museum                                                                    
“Librarians, Patrons, and Poets: The Personal Dimension of Persian Manuscripts”                                                     

July 23, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress      
Dr. Ulrich Marzolph, University of Göttingen, Germany                             
“The Printing Press as an Agent of Tradition in Iran: Revisiting Elizabeth Eisenstein’s The Printing Press as an Agent of Change

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., AMED Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress   
Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa, University of Maryland                               
“The Persian Book in Pre-Modern Turkey”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., University of Maryland, College Park (exact location to be announced)     
Dr. Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia                                                              
“Forough Farrokhzad’s Biography and Unpublished Letters”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., University of Maryland, College Park (exact location to be announced)        
Dr. Wali Ahmadi, University of California, Berkeley                                     
“Modern Literature in Afghanistan: Contributions to the Persian Book”                       

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Library of Congress (exact location to be announced)        
Dr. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University
The World of Persian Literary Humanism: Spreading Culture through Books”