Focus on Iran
Community Lecture Series
FALL 2016 September 21 - November 2
A series of six one-hour lectures plus related events
Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in Room 228.
No registration is required. Free Admission. Q & A follows each lecture.
Sep. 21: The History of Iran
Speaker: Dr. Robert Kramer, St. Norbert's College, History Dept.
*This lecture takes place in the campus theatre. This lecture and social that immediately follows is sponsored by the Friends of Matt Zillig (see information below).
Sep. 28: Iranian Art and Culture
Speaker: Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Artist
Oct. 5: Iranian Underground Cinema
Speaker: Hamidreza Nassiri, UW-Madison, Communication Arts Department
Oct. 12: Iranian Nuclear Deal - How is it Faring?
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kydd, UW-Madison, Political Science Dept.
Oct. 19: Islam Faith
Speaker: Othman M. Atta, Executive Director, Islamic Center, Milwaukee.
Oct. 26: Overview of OPEC
Speaker: John Hall, Chairman, Alfa Energy, London
Nov. 2: Film - Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Panahi poses as a taxi driver to produce this film that reveals the social challenges in Iran. (82 minutes)
Artwork by Iranian born artist, Nina Ghanbarzadeh on display through October 7.
Gallery is open Wednesday evenings (5pm-7pm - prior to evening's lecture), Friday, September 30, or by request.
More on artist.
Sultans of String - Concert
Friday, September 30, 7:30pm
This award-winning group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Sultans of String thrill their audiences with an amazing genre-hopping passport of world rhythms including Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms.
Tickets available in August, 2016
Things We Left Unsaid, A Novel by Zoya Pirzad
Discussion will be facilitated by UW-WC English Professor,
Dr. Anne Widmayer
Purchase book on your own. No cost to participate.
Wednesdays, September 28 and October 5
4:45pm-6:15pm, Room 101
Focus on Germany - Fall 2015
Use links below to view these lectures.
September 23: German Educational System
Speaker: Consul General, Herbert Quelle, German Council, Chicago
LINK TO RECORDED 9/23/15 LECTURE
September 30: Germany's Use of Wind Energy & Energiewende
Speaker: David Haynes, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, Room 228
LINK TO RECORDED 9/30/15 LECTURE
October 7: Doing Business in Germany Panel Discussion
Moderator: Stanley Pfrang, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Speakers: Matthew Alagna, Thomas Magnete GmbH and Steve Beaver, Jeneil Biotech, Saukville
LINK TO RECORDED 10/7/15 LECTURE
October 14: Gesundheit! Germany's Healthcare
Speaker: Joerg Kramer, Former Representative of Deutsche Beamten Kasse
LINK TO RECORDED 10/15/15 LECTURE
October 21: German Nationalism
Speaker: Dr. Rudy J. Koshar, UW-Madison
LINK TO RECORDED 10/21/15 LECTURE
October 28: German Art
Speaker: Graeme Reid, Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art
LINK TO RECORDED 10/28/15 LECTURE
November 4: Pre-War Germany and Hollywood
Speaker: Dr. Chris Yogerst, Assistant Professor, UW-Washington County
LINK TO RECORDED 11/4/15 LECTURE
The first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (pictured left). When Matt passed away in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote Matt's commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor the first lecture as well as a social immediately following the first lecture that features Middle Eastern food samples.
Student fees also support the community lecture series.