AIAP Lecture Series proudly presents:
Language and Modernity
by Dariush Ashouri
* Lecture is in Persian
Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 25th, 6:00 pm
Address: 5911 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA 92111
About This Talk:
Modern world is an open world. It is a world that breaks all norms and has a new perspective about all aspects of life. It is a new world that has an infinite emphasis on being new. It is the world of progress and has no limits for progress. For its progress it needs scientific knowledge and for this matter it needs an effective language.
About The Speaker:
Dariush Ashouri is a prominent Iranian thinker, author, translator, researcher, and public intellectual. He lives in Paris, France.
He studied at the Faculty of Law,Political Sciences and Economics of the University of Tehran, and has been visiting professor of Persian language and literature at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, taught in Oriental Institute of the Oxford University, and lectured on political philosophy and political sociology at the University of Tehran. He was a member of the second Academy of Persian Language from 1970 to 1978.
By his prolific publications in several disciplines he is considered an influential and referential figure in contemporary literary and linguistic life of Iran. He has worked extensively as author, essayist, translator, literary critique, encyclopedist, and lexicologist. His intellectual interests cover a wide interdisciplinary range, including political sciences, literature, philosophy and linguistics. His main domain of intellectual focus is the cultural and linguistic matters of his native country, Iran, as a Third World country encountering modernity.
He has made vast contributions to the development of the Persian vocabulary and terminology in the domains of human sciences and philosophy by coining new words and modifying existing ones. His works in this domain are compiled in his Farhang-e 'olum-e ensāni (A Dictionary of Human Sciences). Among his major works stands a hermeneutical, intertextual study of the Divan of Hafez (Erfān o rendi dar she'r-e Hafez) which introduces a new approach to the understanding of the great classical poet. As translator, he has translated numerous classical literary and philosophical works by Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Shakespeare and others into Persian. As a distinguished stylist writer he has elevated modern Persian prose to new standards.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner and Networking
7:00 pm - 7:20 pm - Annoucements and Community News
7:20 pm - 7:40 pm - Music Performance
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm - Break
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A