Iranian Literature – Afarin Rahmanifar Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iranian Literature – Afarin Rahmanifar 32 32 Indian teachers of Persian language and literature visit Imam Reza holy shrine Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:29:00 +0000

A group of professors of Persian language and literature from the best Indian universities of Lucknow, Bhagalpur and Khajeh Mu’in al-Din Chishti paid a visit to the central library and the museum of the holy shrine.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A group of professors of Persian language and literature from the best Indian universities of Lucknow, Bhagalpur and Khajeh Mu’in al-Din Chishti paid a visit to the central library and the museum of the holy shrine.

Visiting the central library which contains references in 98 languages, Halim Akhtar Abu Muhammad, head of the Persian department at Bhagalpur University, said such a large and rich research center is necessary for any nation.

He also highlighted the unique architectural features of the library building and called it the pride of Iran and the Islamic world.

“It is a place for research and the religious references have paved the way for theological studies of all kinds,” Abu Muhammad said.

He further pointed out the popularity of the central library among Indians, saying that many are keen to visit the place.

Elsewhere, Malek Salim Javeed, head of the Persian department at Jawaharlal Nehru University, spoke of young Indians’ interest in learning the Persian language, calling the central library of the holy shrine an ideal place for literary research. Persian.

Praising the building’s exquisite architecture, Javeed noted, “Such a monument with so many delicate architectural features does not exist in India.”

“Iranian civilization and culture are embedded in this architecture and the use of Persian poetry in praise of Imam Reza indicates the love of Persian poets for the Imam,” Javeed argued.

He concluded that the place is ideal for research regardless of nationality and expressed his interest in conducting research on manuscripts centered on Persian literature.

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Ancient Jewish text preserves real-world remedies Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:33:05 +0000

People usually turn to rabbis for spiritual guidance, but the Babylonian Talmud, a collection of traditions produced by Jews living in ancient Persia, 224-651 CE, also contains a lot of medical knowledge, according to a new book by a Cornell author.

In “Medicine in the Talmud: Natural and Supernatural Therapies Between Magic and Science”, Jason Mokhtarian argues that the rabbis subscribed to a common medical culture that they shared with pagans, Christians, Mandaeans, and other schools of thought therapies, while at the same time making it their own.

“Therapies are strange and inherently interesting texts, and always lead to the best discussions in class,” said Mokhtarian, associate professor of Near Eastern studies and holder of the Herbert and Stephanie Neuman Chair of Jewish Studies and Iranian studies. He came to appreciate the intricacy of the medical material in the Babylonian Talmud, also known as the Bavli, while teaching the text to undergraduate students.

“Compared to other Jewish cultures, the Babylonian Talmud downplays the role of God and sin in human disease and health, and instead promotes the idea that God permitted humans to heal themselves using the natural world that ‘he created, like plants and animals,’ Mokhtarian wrote.

He spoke with the College of Arts and Sciences about the book.

Question: What is your favorite remedy in the Bavli?

A: There are many interesting ones, but one of my favorites is the following (magical) therapy for a daylong fever, which involves trapping an ant in a tube and reciting a phrase that transfers the fever to the ant:

Abaye said: Mom told me, For a fever of a day, take a money zuz coin and go to a salt pit and weigh its weight in salt, and [then] tie [the salt] to the empty space of the neck with a yellow string. Otherwise, you have to sit at a crossroads and when you see a big ant carrying something, you have to take [the ant] and insert it into a tube of bronze, and close it with lead and seal it with sixty seals, and shake it and scatter it, and say to [the ant]”My burden on you, your burden on me.”

Q: Your book often mentions nearby medicine and magic, including in the title. What is the connection in the Bavli?

A: Magic and medicine were intertwined phenomena in Late Antiquity, and the ancient Jews did not always distinguish between the two categories, as we often do today. There has of course been a long debate among researchers from various disciplines regarding the right definitions and the issues of using the category “magic” to study ancient cultures. Magic is a large category that includes amulets, spells, voodoo dolls, astrology, exorcisms, among others – including healing and medicine.

For the most part, scholars of rabbinic literature research medicine as a subcategory of magick. On the one hand, there is a logic to this choice, since healing was certainly one of the fundamental purposes of ancient magical texts and artifacts. The ancient Jews believed in the power and efficacy of sympathetic rituals and powerful words and objects to control harmful supernatural demons and bodily diseases.

Yet, as I argue in the book, it is equally important to remember that in the Talmud, not all magic is medicine, and not all medicine is magic. In other words, scholars who classify Talmudic medicine in the category of magick tend to ignore therapies that have little or no identifiable magical elements, such as those that use natural ingredients to be consumed or applied to the body. body. It is these latter therapies—the most empirical, so to speak—that actually make up the bulk of the Talmudic medical tradition.

Q: Today, in the age of advanced medicine, is there good practical medical advice in the Babylonian Talmud? Or anything particularly off-base or downright dangerous?

A: Historically, rabbis had different criteria and ideas on how to determine whether a certain therapy was effective or not. Presumably, the rabbis believed the therapies worked, otherwise they would not have preserved them in the Talmud. There is no reason to dismiss out of hand that some of the more empirical therapies (e.g., potions, medicines, salves, etc.), based on detailed knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants and plant parts specific animals, may have been effective in treating certain ailments.

That said, for the most part today it must be assumed that most (but not all) of the archaic therapies of the Talmud would not be deemed effective by contemporary scientific standards. In fact, it is this perception that therapies are magical, superstitious, and ineffective that has led to a long marginalization of therapies throughout Jewish history, beginning shortly after the writing of the Talmud and continuing until today. today. We see this skeptical attitude towards Talmudic medicine already in the writings of Rav Sherira Gaon, the head of the Pumbedita academy in the 10th century, who simply says that “our sages were not doctors”.

Kate Blackwood is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mauritanian President and Saudi Foreign Minister discuss development and economic relations Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:39:21 +0000

MIDAN: More than 200 publishers and other related organizations are taking part in the first Madinah Book Fair, which kicked off at the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Exhibition and Conference Center on Thursday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mohammed Hassan Alwan, CEO of the event’s organizer, the Commission for Literature, Publishing and Translation, said: “The commission seeks to build its role in the book fair industry on the basis of partnerships and integration foundation, and we also aim to provide city residents with a renewed cultural scene, and we hope to provide book fair publishing industry beneficial, culturally and economically viable.

“We want the city’s book fair to be an annual exhibition with a distinctive position on the map of Arab book fairs.”

The 10-day event, held under the patronage of Madinah Governor Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, continues until June 25. It includes workshops, cultural and theatrical programs and events for children that provide a window into the creative literature and publishing industry.

More than 200 publishers and related organizations participate in the 10-day book fair. (Twitter: @SaudiBookFair)

In a June 6 post on Twitter, the official Saudi Book Fairs account wrote: “In the heart of Madinah, the #Madinah_Book_Fair_2022 cultural program activities are launched to provide an integrated learning journey that promises visitors a unique culture”.

Organizers said the event aims to improve the cultural status of Madinah, boost the Saudi publishing industry, encourage cultural exchanges between countries, provide an integrated journey for readers and highlight the role of reading in raising awareness and improving the quality of life.

Eleven nations participate in the fair: 10 Arab countries — Kuwait, Iraq, Tunisia, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Mauritania, Jordan, Egypt and Sudan — and the United Kingdom .

Of the more than 200 participating publishers and related organizations, more than 80 come from the Kingdom, including universities, research centers, foundations, commissions, bookstores and libraries. The event drew huge crowds on the first day.

Amir Alsaiegh, a 46-year-old literature professor and self-proclaimed bibliophile, told Arab News: “I came today with two suitcases to fill them with selections of books that I came to choose from the fair.

“I have a long list for today and am happy with the large number of publishers available here. The show exceeded my expectations.

Ibtihal Al-Jabri, 17, visited the fair with her three sisters who, like her, are all book lovers.

“I was so excited for the book fair when they first announced it two weeks ago,” she said.

Her sister Nouf, 22, added: “This event is the first of its kind in Medina; I had been waiting for it for so many years. I love it and I’m ready to come here every day.

Attractions included immersive offerings in Arabic and English for children, including educational theater performances and workshops on topics such as storytelling, crafts, drawing, writing, interactive reading, arts of heritage, Arabic calligraphy and philosophy.

Six-year-old Samia Al-Nahdi said, “I love to read. I came today with my parents because they like to read, like me.

The Medina Book Fair is part of the Book Fair Initiatives, one of the strategic initiatives of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission which aims to organize fairs across the Kingdom to give Saudi readers the opportunity to explore works published by local, Arab and international publishers and learn about the latest developments in the publishing industry.

More than 200 publishers and related organizations participate in the 10-day book fair. (Twitter: @SaudiBookFair)

To accompany the start of the book fair, two other events took place on Thursday. The first was the opening of a new museum at the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Waqf Libraries, which was inaugurated by Prince Faisal.

Fahad Al-Wahbi, secretary general of the organization, told Arab News: “Today the complex is participating in this museum, which aims to shed light on a group of important archaeological and historical collectibles, which range from ancient manuscripts, some of which date back thousands of years, to valuable rare Qurans that represent different historical periods, and collectibles from the Prophet’s Mosque.

The other event was for the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urban Planning, an organization that celebrates the essence of Salmani architecture, which organized an exhibition that was first held in Riyadh before visiting Jeddah , Abha and Dhahran, and who has now arrived in Medina.

Sumaya Al-Sulaiman, CEO of the Architecture and Design Commission of the Ministry of Culture, told Arab News: “We also brought it to Expo Dubai 2021, and we are taking it internationally. because it is an international methodology that we believe can be applied everywhere.

“This is one of 33 initiatives we have within the Architecture and Design Commission. This is one of the first and most important, given the scale and impact we anticipate.

She said the exhibition aims to reflect that “the experience we had in the city of Riyadh through the patronage of King Salman was so influential that there was a development of identity in the city ​​of Riyadh through multiple projects that we have seen.

“From an architectural point of view, the charter presents a masterpiece that has gained international recognition. There are six values ​​in the charter which are guiding principles, including continuity and authenticity, … individual and community (and) the last values ​​are related to innovation and sustainability.

The La Gacilly photo festival honors the works of Iranian photographers Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:54:05 +0000

TEHRAN — The works of four Iranians are exhibited at the La Gacilly Photo Festival, a vast international outdoor exhibition held annually in the city in northwestern France.

Collections from Maryam Firuzi, Gohar Dashti, Ebrahim Noruzi, Hashem Shakeri and photographers from around the world will be on display at the festival, which will run until September 30.

Firuzi participates in the festival with photos from his “Persian Identities” series. A photo of the collection decorates the festival’s homepage.

“In my opinion, all artistic media are linked,” she had previously said in an interview with Paris Photo, when the Silk Road Gallery in Tehran presented her work.

“All of these art forms influence my photography in different ways; calligraphy taught me discipline and dedication, painting taught me freedom of expression, and literature taught me how to develop ideas and articulate them.

The woman occupies a central place in her works which explore her universe, that of present-day Iran, in which the place of the woman is necessarily complex.

Works from different series of Dashti are exhibited in a collection called “Fragments of Memories”.

Born in Iran near the border with Iraq, Dashti, 42, depicts elements of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War in her artwork.

“This conflict had a strong symbolic influence on the emotional life of my generation,” she said.

In her “Today’s Life and War” series, Dashti captures moments illustrating a duality: that of life going on despite the ravages of war.

“In a fictional battlefield, I show a couple in their daily lives: they represent the power of perseverance, determination and survival,” she noted.

Noruzi’s photos are exhibited under the title ‘Deceptive Daydreams’.

The winner of several World Press Photo Awards, Noruzi is an established journalist and an outspoken conservationist.

Two series by Noruzi are exhibited at La Gacilly, testifying to a photographic style that could be described as daydreaming about the ravages of global warming.

The first takes us to Lake Urmia, one of the largest salt lakes in the world, which is in danger of disappearing in the near future.

The second series looks at the relationship between people and water resources in his country.

Shakeri exhibits her photos in a collection called “Sandy Landscapes”. Most of the images come from one of his series, which features the new satellite towns emerging from the desert to house Iranians forced to leave Tehran due to soaring land prices and increasingly difficult living conditions. .

Created in 2004, the La Gacilly Photo Festival offers its annual visitors an immersive and strolling experience in the heart of some thirty open-air galleries and in large format, presenting the best of contemporary photographic creation with a permanent concern for artistic requirement.

The canvases, sometimes around 70 square meters, adorn the streets, gardens and alleys of La Gacilly, transforming it into a “Village in Images”.

Photo: A photo from the “Deceptive Daydreams” series by Iranian photographer Ebrahim Noruzi presented at the La Gacilly Photo Festival, France.


Investigation of maternal and perinatal outcomes in a population of Iranian pregnant women infected with COVID-19 Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:27:37 +0000

Pregnancy is considered a special immunological situation. During pregnancy, the maternal immune system is supposed to establish and maintain tolerance to the fetus which is considered an allogeneic graft, while it must preserve the ability to protect against pathogens. Therefore, systemic and local immune responses must be finely regulated during pregnancy.5. Changes in immune responses during pregnancy could make pregnant women susceptible to COVID-195 and lead to perinatal and maternal complications. In the present study, we investigated these complications in a large cohort of pregnant women with COVID-19. Overall, clinical manifestations of COVID-19 were not different between our cohort of pregnant women and previously reported cases.4. Among the women evaluated, 22 women had to be admitted to intensive care and 30 premature deliveries occurred. However, there was no significant difference in the rate of prematurity between women admitted to intensive care and the other group of pregnant women. There were significant associations between ICU admission and many parameters such as presence of dyspnea, COVID-19 related CT scan results, need for a ventilator and low O2 saturation – all of which indicate the plight of patients. In accordance with the difference between the therapeutic protocols for patients admitted to intensive care and those treated in general departments, admission to intensive care was associated with the administration of antivirals, corticosteroids and heparin treatments.

Notably, the cause of delivery was significantly different between the two groups, with preterm labor pain and fetal distress being the most common cause of delivery in non-hospitalized and ICU admitted patients, respectively. This could indicate the impact of a critical situation of the pregnant woman on fetal distress. Additionally, we reported that route of delivery, neonatal death and asphyxia, Apgar score, and gestational age at delivery were associated with ICU admission. However, the rate of IUGR was lower in the non-ICU population. This could be due to better maternal health conditions in women not admitted to ICU compared to those admitted to ICU.

The observed association between ICU admission and delivery route is consistent with the previously reported need for emergency caesarean sections as a complication of pregnancy in women with COVID-1911SEA12and SARS infections13. According to a recent meta-analysis, symptomatic COVID-19 was associated with a higher possibility of caesarean section and preterm delivery compared to asymptomatic infection.ten.

The frequency of preterm labor in our patient cohort was significantly lower than the previously reported rate of 42%14. A population-based cohort study has suggested an association between COVID-19 in late pregnancy and a higher risk of iatrogenic preterm birth15.

In the present study, significant associations were also observed between prematurity and variables such as positive PCR results, the need for a ventilator, the absence of enoxaparin sodium administration, the administration of heparin, diabetes, preeclampsia, route of administration, platelet count and creatinine level. These observations indicate a possible link between prematurity and maternal health complications. Moreover, many parameters such as diabetes and preeclampsia could affect perinatal complications in women with COVID-19.

Regarding adverse neonatal outcomes, ICU admission was associated with low Apgar score and neonatal admission to the ICU neonatal ward (NICU). A systematic review of clinical outcomes of 211 PCR-confirmed and 84 clinically diagnosed cases of pregnant women with COVID‐19 reported nearly one-third of neonates admitted to NICU16. Yet, in our patient cohort, 31 cases were admitted to NICU.

In our cohort of patients, asphyxia occurred in two cases; both were born to pregnant women admitted to intensive care. This observation could also imply the impact of a critical situation of the mother on the newborn. Among 40 PCR tests performed on neonatal throat samples, 11 tests came back positive, indicating the possible transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Consistent with our finding, Zeng et al. reported three positive SARS-CoV-2 cases among 33 neonates born to women affected by COVID-1917. Although environmental contamination cannot be excluded, similar to the study conducted in China17, the maternal origin is mostly supported thanks to strict prevention measures. A systematic review of the literature indicated a 3.2% rate of vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-218.

As expected, significant associations were also observed between prematurity and IUGR, NICU admission, and neonatal weight.

The data presented above show that neonatal outcomes are different in this cohort of pregnant women infected with COVID-19. Observed differences in neonatal outcomes could be explained by complex immune responses, differences in gestational age, and duration and severity of COVID-19 infection, necessitating individualized approaches for treating these women.

Taken together, in the present study, we reported the association between numerous clinical variables and perinatal outcomes in pregnant women with COVID-19. The main strength of the present study is the inclusion of a large sample of cases that is comparable to published systematic reviews in this area.

Day in photos: June 11, 2022 Sat, 11 Jun 2022 07:56:41 +0000

UCSB Names Winners of Thomas More Storke Award and Other Major Awards | UCSB Thu, 09 Jun 2022 23:15:00 +0000

As launch week officially begins at UC Santa Barbara, the university has announced the recipients of its most prestigious student honors, given for academic achievement, extraordinary service, and personal courage and perseverance.

• Emily Elizabeth Lopez won the Thomas More Storke Excellence Award, the campus’ highest honor, for her outstanding scholarship and extraordinary service to the university, its students, and the community.

• Michael Zargari won the Jeremy D. Friedman Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership, superior scholarship, and contributions to undergraduate life on campus.

• Hugh Darius David Cook won the Alyce Marita Whitted Memorial Award, which recognizes the endurance, perseverance and courage of a non-traditional student in the face of extraordinary challenges while pursuing a university education.

An awards ceremony for recipients of these and other student awards, as well as their families, faculty, and staff, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Corwin Hall.

The Yonie Harris Award for Civility in Public Discourse will be awarded to Vonnie Feng Wei. The honor is awarded to graduates who best exemplify the principles of free speech and respectful dialogue and who foster a climate of civility and openness on campus.

Timnit Kefela and Ryan Flaco Rising will receive the Michael D. Young Engaged Scholar Award for students who successfully translate their knowledge and/or scholarly values ​​into action.

The University Service Award, University Award of Distinction and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Citizenship will be awarded to several graduating and graduating students. The winner of the 2022 Mortar Board Award, which recognizes the student with the highest cumulative GPA in the class, will be announced at the ceremony.

Storke Prize-winning Lopez is cited for her academic excellence and positive contributions to the UCSB campus community, where she promoted greater access for underrepresented groups in math and science. Her pursuit of challenging academic goals, her perseverance in the face of adversity, and her dedication to fostering opportunity for others are what led her to be selected for the university’s highest honor.

A transfer student from College of the Canyons, Lopez arrived at UCSB in 2018 to study math at the College of Creative Studies. She’s a first-generation student and the only Latina in her cohort of 22 students — a fact she was proud of and used as motivation to persist as a mathematician and role model.

In addition to completing her coursework, Lopez has been involved in multiple research and mentorship initiatives, including as an undergraduate research assistant, research intern at Williams College, and UCSB McNair Scholar.

His research has resulted in a peer-reviewed publication, an award-winning poster presentation, and talks at the SACNAS National Diversity Conference and the Northeastern Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates conference, among other events.

Lopez is a member of several academic societies, including the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Winner of several scholarships and awards, she moved on to a graduate program at Cornell University, where she would be a Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s Excellence Scholar, and NSF Graduate Researcher.

Friedman Award-winning Zargari is a UCSB Promise Scholar who, in her freshman year, founded the Promise Scholars Advisory Board to create networking opportunities and education space for low-income, first-generation students and underrepresented. He has also served on the Student Health Advisory Committee, as well as the UCSB Student Health Insurance Plan Advisory Committee and the system-wide UCSHIP Committee.

Working as a budget analyst for the Comptroller’s Associate Student Office, Zargari sought to restructure budget allocations and spending procedures for AS organizations to boost student engagement without increasing fees. He has also served on the Tuition Advisory Committee and volunteered with the Community Financial Assistance Fund.

Zargari holds a double major in Economics and Statistics and Data Science, and a double minor in Iranian Studies and Translation Studies. His research contributions include creating and administering a survey to assess student mental health before and after the completion of economics courses; and working with endangered languages, filming and translating videos of older Persian Jews from Farsi and Old Judeo-Persian into English.

One of the first two Promise Fellows, a new initiative for UCSB graduates, Zargari will next pursue a master’s degree in environmental data science at the Bren School.

Cook, the Whitted Award winner, has dedicated his time at UCSB to helping recovering students. As a peer recovery intern for Gauchos in Recovery, he focused on overdose prevention education, mentoring, and producing articles and blog posts for the alcohol program and drugs. In this capacity, he also testified before the California State Assembly as an advocate for recovering students.

Characterized as a talented and inspirational writer who used words to foster bonds between students, Cook wrote for the Daily Nexus and The Bottom Line, and participated in the campus Poets Club, writing and performing numerous poems. He was president of the Postal Art Club.

After graduating from UCSB, where he majored in writing and literature, Cook will pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate School.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin will examine Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli’s “Heech” Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:21:45 +0000

TEHRAN — The iconic Heech series by Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli will be examined in an online session on June 16 at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.

In the introduction, Stefan Weber, director of the Museum of Islamic Art, will talk about a work from the Heech series, on display at the museum since July 26, 2020, the organizers said.

In addition, Tandis Tanavoli, a film producer and daughter of the artist, and Gisela Fock, who did her doctorate on Parviz Tanavoli and has studied Iranian modernism for 25 years, will attend the session, which will be held in English. from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

It will be open to the general public on Webex webinars via the link

The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the Pergamon Museum and is part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

“Parviz Tanavoli is one of Iran’s most outstanding living artists, whose work now spans more than six decades,” the museum said in a statement for the session.

“Venturing into the folk aesthetics of his homeland, he bridged European-style modernism, American pop art, and many other inspirations into a uniquely modern Iranian art form.

“Heech, considered by some to be his most remarkable series, symbolizes an elegantly curved nastaliq script in three dimensions.

“Since 1964, the Farsi word which translates to ‘nothingness’ has been one of Tanavoli’s central concerns, and he has used it in works of art ranging from painting to sculpture, and as an almost hidden inclusion in other works or on a large scale as stand-alone script statues.

Tanavoli is a founding member of the Saqqakhaneh school, the first modern art movement in Iran. Her practice integrates modernist aesthetics with traditional motifs, including Persian crafts and literature.

Tanavoli has exhibited his works in major art centers around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the Tate Modern in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Venice Biennale.

Many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, feature his work in their collections.

Photo: A sculpture from the Heech series by Parviz Tanavoli on display at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.


Remote Summer Series: On The Table – Announcements Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:15:52 +0000

This summer, the MIT List Visual Arts Center presents a series of distance programs with six artist-designed menus that cater to what’s “on the table” when it comes to sharing a meal today. Participating artists include Lexie Smith, Seitu Ken Jones, Jon Rubin & Habibullah Sorosh, Lexa Walsh, Asunción Molinos Gordo and TJ Shin.

Food is able to evoke powerful memories that connect us to people, places and experiences. A meal shared with friends or family is one of life’s great pleasures. Food is inextricably tied to cultural identities, but current circumstances have invoked new challenges to come together around a table. From rising food costs to physical limitations on gatherings, meals shared with friends and loved ones have taken different forms in recent years.

These menus are guided by current policy surrounding food access and sustainability while considering the historical precedents of artists who have made art through communal dining. While some artist-designed menus may provide dinner instructions or recipes to prepare, others will be imaginative prompts that invite creative interpretation.

A new iteration of On the table will be posted on the List Center website every other Wednesday, June 15 through August 25, 2022. Entrants are welcome to participate in programs asynchronously throughout the season.

This series will include screen-reader compatible PDF files for the written components.

This program is free and open to our global audience. We recommend that you sign up to receive a new version of On the table in your inbox every two weeks throughout the summer.

Sign up and sign up to receive menus.

About the artists
Asuncion Molinos Gordo
is a research artist heavily influenced by disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. She uses installation, photography, video, sound and other media to examine the rural world driven by a strong desire to understand the value and complexity of its cultural production, as well as the burdens that keep it invisible and marginalized. She has produced work reflecting land use, nomadic architecture, farmers’ strikes, bureaucracy in the land, rural labor transformation, biotechnology and global food trade. Molinos Gordo won the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2015 with his project WAM (World Agriculture Museum) and represented the official Spanish section at the 13th Havana Biennial 2019. His work has been exhibited in places such as V&A Museum (London), ARNOLFINI (Bristol), The Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Darat Al Funun (Amman), Tranzit (Prague), Cappadox Festival (Uchisar-Turkey).

Seitu Ken Jones is a multidisciplinary artist, advocate and creator based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working between the arts and the public spheres, Jones channels the spirit of radical social movements into experiences that foster critical conversations and nurture more just and vibrant communities from the ground up. He is recognized as a dynamic collaborator and a creative force in civic engagement.

Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions in public life that reinvent individual, collective and institutional behavior. He exhibited at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; the Shanghai Biennial; the Carnegie International, the Lyon Biennale; as well as in backyards, in living rooms and on street corners. Conflict Kitchen, his seven-year collaborative work with artist Dawn Weleski, was named as one of the 100 works of art that defined the decade by Artnet News. He recently collaborated with Iranian artist and curator Sohrab Kashani on a Creative Capital-funded project, Tiled The other apartment. Jon is a professor and graduate director at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions in public life that reinvent individual, collective and institutional behavior. He exhibited at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; the Shanghai Biennial; the Carnegie International, the Lyon Biennale; as well as in backyards, in living rooms and on street corners. Conflict Kitchen, his seven-year collaborative work with artist Dawn Weleski, was named as one of the 100 works of art that defined the decade by Artnet News. He recently collaborated with Iranian artist and curator Sohrab Kashani on a Creative Capital-funded project, Tiled The other apartment. Jon is a professor and graduate director at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

TJ Shin is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and speciesism. Inspired by decentralized ecologies and queer sociality, they create living installations and imagine an ever-expanding self that exists beyond the confines of one’s skin. Shin is a 2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow and a 2020 Visiting Artist at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. Shin has exhibited internationally at Queens Museum, Lewis Center for the Arts, Wave Hill, Recess, Doosan Gallery, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, Knockdown Center and Cody Dock, London.

Lexie Smith is a baker and maker from New York. She uses bread as a vehicle of eternal questioning and groups her explorations under the title Bread on Earth, an art and research project she founded in 2016. Her writings, mostly on bread and cereals, have been printed in publications around the world. She currently works on programs and strategy for Sky High Farm, a nonprofit farm in Hudson Valley, New York, dedicated to reducing food insecurity and empowering of greater food sovereignty. She divides her time between the Hudson Valley and New York.

Habibullah Sorosh is an academic, screenwriter and playwright whose research focuses on the history of Afghan cinema, the structural effects of absurd dramas and Kazakh historical genre films. Born in Jaghori district, Ghazni province in Afghanistan, Habib earned his bachelor’s degree in film and theater from Kabul University’s fine arts department and a master’s degree in art criticism from the National Academy of Arts in Kazakhstan. For the past ten years, Habib has been a professor at Kabul University in the Department of Fine Arts and Dramatic Literature. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University’s Schools of Drama and Art, where he studies theater, film, and art theory.

Lexa Walsh is an artist, cultural worker and creator of experiences. Walsh produces projects, exhibitions, publications and objects, employing social engagement, institutional critique and radical hospitality. She creates platforms for interaction across hierarchies, representing multiple voices and inventing new ways of belonging, not only for people, but also for collections and archives. Walsh has held numerous exhibitions, tours and artist residencies internationally. Currently, she is launching the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Archive (BACAA) and is a Virtual Artist in Residence at the Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University for the upcoming exhibition. Shall Make, Shall Be: The Bill of Rights at Play.

About the MIT List Center for the Visual Arts
The List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s museum of contemporary art, collects, commissions, and presents rigorous, provocative, artist-centered projects that engage MIT and the global art community.

The List Center’s galleries, programs, and public art collection are always free and open to everyone.

Imam Khomeini Imam of yesterday, today and tomorrow: Leader Sat, 04 Jun 2022 10:03:35 +0000 TEHRAN (IQNA) – Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says Imam Khomeini is not yesterday’s imam, but he is also today’s imam today and tomorrow.

Addressing a ceremony held Saturday at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum to mark the 33rd anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei added: “The younger generation who must bear national and revolutionary of the Revolution needs a safe, complete, accelerator, transforming software and these are the lessons of Imam.

“Imam Khomeini was the leader of the greatest revolution in the history of revolutions. Why the biggest? Because the most famous revolutions were those of France and the Soviet Union, which quickly veered off course, people no longer played any part in it and their revolutions collapsed,” the leader said.

“A major benefit brought by Imam Khomeini was to familiarize people with the concept of resistance. Today, resistance is an important term in the political literature of the world,” he added.

“The fact that Imam Khomeini insists so strongly on the vote of the people comes from his understanding of Islam. Thus, Imam Khomeini separated the Islamic Republic from the two dominant systems of the time: capital-driven liberal democracy and dictatorial communist regimes.

“The West plundered the world for three centuries, wreaking havoc, committing murders, massacres, tortures, looting, bringing slavery, coercion, etc., while their intellectuals were composing human rights laws. the man for the world! It is the masterpiece created by western civilization.

“The American continent had owners, civilizations and nations. Using various kinds of deceptions, all of which are accurately recorded in history, the West has wreaked havoc there: murder, looting, massacre, torture, coercion and slavery. This is what the West has done,” Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the leader said the enemies sought to pit the Iranian people against their government and the Islamic establishment, but to no avail.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Western countries pinned their hopes mainly on popular protests to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

“By launching psychological warfare, recruiting mercenaries and organizing media campaigns against Iran, they are trying to turn people against the Islamic establishment,” he said.

However, the leader noted that the enemy is miscalculating as it has done before in the mistaken belief that it can provoke public dissent in the country.

He said they make such mistakes because they receive “bad advice” from “Iranian traitors” who say, “Count on the Iranian people to rise up against the Islamic establishment.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iranians’ interest in the Islamic revolution and the Islamic establishment was growing day by day, citing the funeral procession held for Iran’s top counter-terrorism commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.