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Saʻdī's Cosmopolitanism, Worldly Love, and Laughter

UNC-Chapel Hill Library
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Fatemeh Keshavarz is the inaugural speaker of the Horner Jarrahi Persian Studies Speaker Series, presented by the University Libraries and the Persian Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Keshavarz will examine the poetry of Saʻdī (1210-1291), one of the funniest and most influential figures in classical Persian poetry. His accessible language, practical ethics, and lively humor continue to influence Persian literature today.

Refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to view recent acquisitions from the University Libraries’ Persian collections.

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available in most campus lots after 5 p.m.: move.unc.edu

Presented by the University Libraries and the Persian Studies program
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

About the speaker: Fatemeh Keshavarz holds the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies and directs the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a published poet and author of six monographs, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal Al-Din Rumi and Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth-Century Iran (winners, Choice Magazine Award). Her book Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran was described by ALA Booklist as an excellent counterpoint to Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. Recently, Edinburgh University Press published her book Lyrics of Life: Saʻdī on Love, Cosmopolitanism, and Care of the Self (2015). The show “Speaking of Faith,” featuring her in the hour-long episode “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” received the 2008 Peabody Award. In the same year she was awarded the Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award. In 2013, Keshavarz was named poet of the month by NPR’s Grace Cavalieri, host of The Poet and the Poem.