Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian & Persianate Studies Announced for Fall 2021

We are delighted to announce our incredible lineup of Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian & Persianate Studies for Fall 2021. The upcoming lectures will be held from September 2021 to December 2021 and they will continue to be offered online via Zoom. The lecture series remains free and open to the public, and will invite international scholars to share their knowledge and expertise in Iranian and Persianate Studies through historical, cultural, and critical lenses. Details of each lecture (individual dates, times, titles, and guest speaker info, etc.) could be found in the general lecture poster below as well as in its individual event page that will be released soon.

For the lectures in Fall 2021, one new component that will be added to some of our lectures is a discussion between the guest speaker and a discussant (a scholar who shares expertise with the speaker). We are hoping to create a more engaging and insightful conversation on the lecture topics.

Where possible, each event will be recorded and posted afterward on YouTube, and we also have subtitles available in each session for those who desire them.

About the Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies: Alireza Ahmadian (1981 – 2019) was an enthusiastic researcher, a consummate socio-political analyst, and an opinion leader on foreign policy who nurtured the virtues of diplomatic dialogue and liberal democracy. Alireza was a proud and devoted UBC alumnus, supporter of UBC’s Asian Studies department, and beloved member of Canadian-Iranian Community. UBC’s Asian Studies department renamed this lecture series in his honour in 2019. The Ahmadian family and friends have provided funding to support this series, and this generous gift will see these important academic and community engagement events supported through to the end of the 2025/2026 academic year.

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