Where the World Comes to Windham County

The first event in our new series “Understanding Iran through Film” will take place in September 15, 2017. Our speaker will be Professor Ida Meftahi. She will present on a few key genres and show some clips as an introduction to Iranian film. Thereafter there will be monthly screenings of important films that will increase our understanding of Iranian society and culture. The titles of the other films in the series will be announced soon.

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Ida Meftahi currently holds a Visiting Assistant Professorship in contemporary Iranian culture and society at the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. Her first book, Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage was released in Spring 2016 (Routledge Iranian Studies Series). Offering a novel approach to corporeality in twentieth-century Iran, Dr. Meftahi’s historical research intersects with studies of gender, urbanism, performance, cinema, and political economy of public entertainment. In addition to teaching interdisciplinary courses on Modern Iran, she is the director of the Lalehzar Digital Project, a component of the Roshan Initiative for Digital Humanities, as well as faculty advisor for Roshangar: Roshan Undergraduate Journal for Persian Studies.



On August 2
The last event in the Marlboro College series, “REFUGEES IN THE USA TODAY: GAINING SOME PERSPECTIVE,” will be a talk on the Marlboro College campus by Lloyd Dakin, retired senior officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, entitled “Refugees: Never ending story?”
On August 11
A screening of the documentary film called “Sauti” sponsored by Carry Me Home will take place at the Hooker Dunham Theater.

Click here for more information about these August events.







  1. Can we show this film in Brooklyn?

  2. Kimberlee Johnson

    I’m so excited for the Occitania talk! My interest in France has only grown since discovering this culture existed. I’m looking forward to learning more about it. I’ve heard Rai speak (and sing) before, and she’s well worth the two-hour commute for me. I can’t wait for this presentation.

    • We are very glad to hear from you and learn of your interest in Rai’s talk. We are sure that it will be a great presentation and look forward to seeing you there!

      Rosalyn Shaoul for WWAC

  3. It seems the photographs alone will be worth seeing at this important talk.

  4. Looking forward to learning more.

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