“Why Persian Humanism Matters Today” will be the topic of a lecture by Hamid Dabashi, a Columbia University professor of Iranian studies, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.
Free and open to the public, the event is part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series, hosted by Chancellor Linda Katehi, which seeks to bring scholars and government leaders in conversation about pressing issues with the academic community.
Dabashi is the author of more than 20 books on topics ranging from Iranian culture to modern Islam, film to the philosophy of art. His most recent book, “Being a Muslim in the World,” examines Muslim identity and Islam in the context of global politics.
Dabashi is a founding member of both the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. A native of Iran, he earned a dual doctorate in sociology and culture and Islamic studies from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
Provost Ralph Hexter will moderate a question-and-answer session after Dabashi’s talk.
To attend the event, RSVP to [email protected] or call 530-754-2262.