Islamic Spiritual Tradition and Iran Today

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 pm

This exploration of Iranian literature and society from scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of present-day Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy.

Her fresh perspective provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to most Americans. “Through story and poetry, I hope people here will see the creative and humorous side of the Iranian people: in other words, their ordinariness,” she says. “They are not the ‘other’; they have the same hopes and aspirations and wonderful things to contribute to world culture.”


Iranian-American poet and scholar Fatemeh Keshavarz was born and raised in the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran. A strong believer in the importance of cultural education, she is the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies and director of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.  A Rumi scholar, a published poet in Persian and English, and an activist for peace and justice, her books include Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

COST: $20.00