Join us as Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz focuses on her vision for a Humanistic content and pedagogy that responds to the needs of the 21st century. Dr. Keshavarz, born and raised in the city of Shiraz, completed her studies at Shiraz University and University of London. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis where she chaired the Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. In 2012, Keshavarz joined the University of Maryland as Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies, and Director of Roshan Institute for Persian Studies. Keshavarz is author of award winning books including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (USC Press, 1998), and a book of literary analysis and social commentary titled Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran (UNC Press, 2007). She is a published poet in Persian and English and an activist for peace and justice. Her NPR show “The ecstatic faith of Rumi” brought her the Peabody Award in 2008.
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