Arts and Literature Events

Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement

June 01, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
These are exhilarating times in the Middle East and North Africa. From the Green Movement in Iran to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and other uprisings in the region, demonstrators are demanding their democratic dignity and the expansion of their rights as citizens. The desegregated nature of these massive demonstrations, in which throngs of women walk shoulder to shoulder with men and face batons and bullets with open hands and life-affirming words, is unprecedented. It is indeed a revolution within revolutions. It is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism, a turning point in the contemporary history of Islam. These circulating women—visible, voiced, and mobile—are seasoned negotiators of confined spaces, veteran trespassers of walls, closed doors, and iron gates. They are an audacious moderating, modernizing force to be reckoned with. Milani discusses the complex interconnectedness between power, space, and physical mobility in the Islamic world in general and Iran in particular.

Human Rights and the Arts in Iran Today

March 04, 2011 // 8:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Jasmin Darznik, Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University; Farhad Khosrokhavar, Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France; Ahmad Kiarostami, Entrepreneur and Videographer, Fotomoto; Pardis Mahdavi, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Associate Professor, Pomona College; Sohrab Mohebbi, Curatorial Fellow, Queens Museum of Art, NY; Contributing Editor, Bidoun Magazine; and Musician; Roberto Toscano, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Former Italian Ambassador to India and to Iran; Chairs: Farzaneh Milani, Professor of Persian Literature and Women's Studies, University of Virginia; Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Celebrating Nunavut: Inuit Art From the Canadian Arctic

January 31, 2011 // 7:30am4:00pm
Polar Initiative
The Canada Institute hosted an art exhibit showcasing Inuit culture through selected works, including stonecut, stencil, and lithograph prints, as well as textile embroidered wall-hangings.

You Are the Media: How Iranians "Democratized" the Media

May 14, 2010 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Iran Davar Ardalan, Civic Journalist, Formerly of NPR News

Book Talk: Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

April 29, 2010 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Middle East Program
Kai Bird, Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Contributing Editor, The Nation

Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life

March 29, 2010 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Marwan Kraidy, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Former Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Talk: 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World

January 29, 2010 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Middle East Program
David BurnettPhotojournalist

Prisons and Protests: Covering Iran After the Election

November 30, 2009 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Middle East Program
Iason Athanasiadis, Freelance journalist; Barbara Slavin, Assistant Managing Editor, World and National Security, The Washington Times; Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Book Launch: Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq

September 29, 2009 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Middle East Program
Christina Asquith, Former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Zia Groosh Flossman, Former Correspondent, Iraqi Media Network, Baghdad; Manal Omar, Program Officer, Grant Program, United States Institute of Peace