Persian Culture and Art Nights (Episode 2)

In Friday November 17, 2017, Iranian Students Association at Oregon State University is going to hold the second episode of “Persian Culture and Art Nights”.

Diversity is an important factor toward a peaceful world. As a cultural association, sharing Persian culture to other nations and providing opportunities for Iranians to learn more about American culture is one of our main goals. Regarding to this goal, in the first section of our meeting, Prof. James Taylor will give a talk about the history of Thanksgiving Day in US. In addition, we have a list of American families who like to have you in Thanksgiving Day. If you like to learn more about this holiday while you spend your time with an American family, please fill out the following form.

Thanksgiving Day From

After a short coffee break, in the second section of our meeting, Prof. Jonathan Katz will give a talk about the history of Iran-US relationship. This talk will take about 30 min plus 15 min Q&A and I bet it is going to be really interesting. If you are confuse about the history of Iran-US relationship, bring your questions to this meeting.

This event is totally free and open to public. Participants need to register through the following form. The poetry section will be in both Persian and English languages.

Registration Form

Online Donation Page

Location, Date, and Time

Friday November 17, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Memorial Union, Oregon State University (Campus Map)

2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331 (Google Map)

Room 206 (Asian/Pacific-American)

You get confuse in MU? Check this link: MU Floor Plan

Invited Speakers

Prof. Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz

Department of History

“Katz majored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard and later attended Ferdowsi University in Meshed, Iran. As a graduate student at Princeton, Katz’s primary fields of training included Iranian history and literature, sufism (Islamic mysticism) and Islamic political theory. He has since gone on to investigate the role of visions and dreams in Islamic society. His current research concerns French colonialism in North Africa. From 1990-91 Katz was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. In 2000 he was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Morocco.” [ref]

James Taylor

International Living-Learning Center (ILLC)

James have been an instructor at INTO-OSU since 2009; before that he lived in Kazakhstan for almost 14 years with his family. He got his MA TESOL degree from Multnomah University (in Portland) in 2008.

Event Agenda


7:00 to 7:05 PM: Introduction and reviewing announcements.

7:05 to 7:30 PM: James Taylor’s Talk: History of Thanksgiving

7:30 to 7:40 PM: Q&A / break

7:40 to 8:10 PM: Prof. Jonathan Katz’s talk: “History of US-Iran relationship”

8:10 to 8:15 PM: Q&A / break

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