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Like Water Through Stone: Celebrating Hamid Naficy’s Contributions to Iranian Film and Diaspora Studies (Opening Night)

When: Thursday, June 2, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, Pick-Laudati Auditorium, 40 Arts Circle Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free of charge & open to the public

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity


Opening night of our tribute to the extraordinary career and intellectual legacies of Hamid Naficy (Thursday June 2)

This event is free of charge and open to the public — but registration is required for opening night at the Block Museum of Art. Seating for this program is limited — to reserve a spot, REGISTER on Eventbrite.

Hamid Naficy, a core faculty member of the MENA Studies Program from its inception and Professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern, is a pioneering scholar of Iranian and world cinema, exile and diaspora studies, media and cultural studies, and global Iranian studies.

His books include The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles (1993), Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (1999), An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (2001), and the four-volume A Social History of Iranian Cinema, which has been called “a landmark achievement.”

4:30 PM — 5:15 PM

Reception on the South Lawn of the Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive, Evanston). Indoor backup in case of rain: Norris University Center — Louis Room (205).

Location for evening program: Pick-Laudati Auditorium, Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston)

5:30 PM

Screening of Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile, a documentary film exploring Naficy's life and work (directed by Maryam Sepehri, 2017)

Keynote address by Michael M.J. Fischer: “Unaccented Hamid Naficy: Cartoonist, Ethnographer, Social Historian of Film, Friend”

7:45 PM

Dinner at Performance Hall (2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, located on the southwest corner of Haven Street and Sheridan Road)

For information about day two of this event, click here.

For the full conference program, click here.


Middle East & North African Studies Program

Department of Radio/Television/Film

The Block Museum of Art

Center for Global Culture and Communication

This program is made possible by Tamilla Ghodsi (WCAS ‘91) and Zuleika M. Ghodsi (WCAS ‘93), whose generous gift established the Iranian American Fund for Cultural Programming.

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