Lecture Series

IranFocus 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 201*
*First lecture is in the theatre.

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).

View September 21 lecture. 

Sep. 28: Iranian Art and Culture

Speaker: Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Artist 

View September 28 lecture

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)

 

Related Events:
Sultans of String - Concert
 

Sultans of String

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-bookBook Discussion
 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Series

 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

 

 Sponsorship

 

Matt ZilligThe 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.