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 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).
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)
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.