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Event: Nowruz - Persian New Year: Celebrating the Persian Collection at UNC

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 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

Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:45pm – 10:45pm GMT (no daylight saving)
Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-CH (map)