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Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary Iran

CSAMES Interim Director and UI Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi waited 30 years to write a memoir based on his years of imprisonment and activism during Iran’s revolutionary period. He sought to tell a universal story of how revolutions are experienced “from below” and of life under intense circumstances.

In a new autobiographic novel or “novelistic memoir,” called “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution, " Dr. Ghamari (the last name he uses with this book) contemplates on three years he spent on death row in the early 1980s in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison – years of torture, deprivation and indignities, during which he saw many cellmates marched off to executions, and thought more than once that his own time was near.

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Dr. Francis Boyle joins Tamil Peoples’ Council Team

Francis A Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, has joined the Tamil Peoples’ Council’s team to fight for an international Judicial Mechanism to investigate and try war crimes cases in Sri Lanka, the New Indian Express reported. Dr. Boyle is also a a renowned expert on human rights, war crimes, genocide, and the Right to Self-Determination. In a statement announcing the induction of Prof.Boyle on Sunday, the TPC said that in a situation in which the Lankan government has ruled out foreign judges in the proposed Judicial Mechanism, and the international community and the “Tamil leadership” are part of a plot to ensure that investigations into the “genocide” of Tamils do not take place, Boyle’s entry will come as some relief to the Tamils and pose a major challenge to those conspiring to deny justice to them.

Posted Fri, 17 Jun 2016

Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

CSAMES Interim Director Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi was among those honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising at the University of Illinois. Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants were each recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Behrooz Ghamari, Associate Professor of History, has a unique teaching philosophy and personal attentiveness that make him a favorite among the students who have taken his courses. He believes it is his responsibility to “create a space in the classroom in which students feel completely safe in speaking their minds.” Earlier this year, Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi, was chosen as a recipient of the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award.

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2016

Spring 2016: Persian Poetry Classes taught by Dr. Richard (Dick) Davis

We have been fortunate to have Richard Davis, Emeritus Professor of Persian at Ohio State University on campus for the duration of the Spring 2016 semester. Dr. Davis is a George A. Miller Visiting Professor. He has been teaching two courses on Persian literature, one using texts in Persian (SAME 490) and the other using texts in English.(SAME 199). Dr. Davis is a stellar scholar and expert translator of classical Persian poetry and is a poet in his own right. He manages to translate classical Persian poetry into beautiful English poetry, without losing any of the flavor and idiom of the original Persian—a very difficult task. CSAMES brought him to our campus to give a lecture in February 2013, and we have never seen an audience as enthralled as that one. He was also part of CSAMES' "Celebration of Persian Poetry" held this past October, and presented a CAS/MillerComm lecture April 12 on "Say, man, what do you love?, Persian Poetry and the Varieties of Amorous Experience."

Posted Wed, 30 Dec 2015

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