Persian food, music, and dance will be part of a celebration of Persian library collections at UNC on March 18. The festivities will take place in the Wilson Special Collections Library
. The event coincides with Nowruz, the Persian New Year that is traditionally a time of joy and celebration. The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a reception catered by Cilantro Restaurant in Durham. Persian materials from the UNC Libraries will be on view during the reception and calligrapher Majid Roohafza will demonstrate his craft. A Haft Sin table, a traditional Nowruz setting of seven items beginning with the Persian letter “s,” will also be on view, with an explanation of the items and their significance.
Starting at 6:30pm:
- Remarks by UNC Prof. Carl Ernst and members of the local Persian community who have helped to build collections of Persian library materials at UNC;
- Musical interlude with Behnam Zamanian and Shahram Mazhari;
- Keynote address: “Teaching Persian Poetry at UNC” by UNC professor Omid Safi;
- Student music and dance performances by members of the UNC Persian Cultural Society;
- Tea and sweets by Jahan International Market of Chapel Hill
For more information, please contact Liza Terll at email@example.com
or at (919) 548-1203.
Sponsored by UNC Persian Cultural Society, UNC Persian Studies, Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations