The Literature Program


The Literature Program

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  Thursday, April 29, 2010
Professor Hamid Dabashi
Professor Dabashi will be speaking on

"Epics and Empires:  Ferdowsi's Shahnameh in Comparative Context"

Thursday, April 29th
10:30 a.m.
Olin 107


"The Moral Crisis of an Islamic Republic"

Thursday, April 29th
5:30 p.m. 
Preston Theater

Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will be giving two lectures on Iran, past and present, at Bard on Thursday, April 29th.

Professor  Dabashi has written 20 books and over 100 essays, articles and book reviews on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art.  Among his best-known books are his "Authority in Islam; Theology of Discontent"; "Truth and Narrative"; "Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future"; "Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran"; "Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema"; and "Iran: A People Interrupted." His recent work includes "Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire" (Routledge, 2008) and "Post-Orientalism: Knowledge and Power in Time of Terror" (Transaction, 2008). A collection of his writings, "The World is my Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader" (Transaction, 2010) is scheduled to be published in June 2010. For more information, see

Sponsored by: Medieval Studies and Human Rights Program
Contact: Karen Sullivan  845-758-7571
  Friday, April 16, 2010
Arabic Poetry Reading
Olin 204  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Us For Readings of Arabic Poetry and Student Translations, Accompanied by Arabic Food!
Sponsored by: Arabic Studies
Contact: Elizabeth Holt  845-758-7676
  Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Professor Stanley Lombardo
University of Kansas
115 Olin Language Center  6:00 pm

Professor Lombardo acclaimed translator of
Homer, Vergil and Dante

will perform passages of his translations with his own drum accompaniment.

Sponsored by: Classics Program and James H. Ottaway, Jr.
Contact: James Romm  845-758-7282
  Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Matthew Giancarlo
Reem-Kayden Center 102  4:30 pm
Matthew will give a talk entitled

Dreadful Lyrics and Penitential Politics: 
The Poems of the Digby 102 Manuscript, c.1410

Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Cynthia L. Herchenroder  845-758-7860