- Hamid Rahmanian, The Shahnameh, November 2, 2017
- Inaugural Lecture, The Limits of Whiteness by Neda Maghbouleh, October 26, 2017
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Hamid Rahmanian - The Shahnameh, Adapting the National Epic of Iran
November 2, 2017
Artist, Storyteller and Puppeteer, Hamid Rahmanian spoke on November 2, 2017 of his work, projects, and artistic process.
The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies brought Hamid Rahmanian to the SF State campus to speak to students who had read parts of his new version of The Shahnameh, The Epic of Persian Kings.
Hamid Rahmanian created thousands of composite images for his new version of Ferdowski’s The Shahnameh, updating the Iranian National Epic for a 21st century audience.
Rahmanian shared details of his art and design for the very first pop-up book based on an Iranian Tale: Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King
With design by Rahmanian, paper engineering by Simon Arizpe, and text edited from Ferdowski’s epic tale by Ahmad Sadri and Melissa Hibbard, the book is an explosion of intricate and colorful panels.
Hamid Rahmanian also shared some of his graphic pieces rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation used in a “live animation” shadow-casting/puppet show called Feathers of Fire.
Feathers of Fire was conceived, designed and directed by Hamid Rahmanian using imagery derived from the visual tradition of the region. The shadow-casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed comes to life on a cinema-sized screen.
Artist, Storyteller, and Puppeteer Hamid Rahmanian with Dr. Persis Karim, Director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SF State.
Inaugural Lecture, The Limits of Whiteness by Neda Maghbouleh
October 26, 2017
Neda Maghbouleh’s book, The Limits of Whiteness –Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race was published by Stanford University Press, September 2017.
By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, Maghbouleh offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group can become “brown,” and what such a transformation says about race in North America today.
Sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line.
Neda Maghbouleh, Neda Nobari and Dr. Persis Karim at the event.
Neda Maghbouleh, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto. Her research addresses the everyday lives of racialized people, including a new study of Syrian refugees in Toronto, funded by the government of Canada’s Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. (Photo by Romi Levine)