Dr. Zari Taheri

I went to my last class last night. It was another memorable experience, spending time on something that feels so natural for me to love, Persian poetry. It was too short, as usual, leaving us wanting for more. I suppose I should be grateful for the opportunity, though limited. Even when she isn't around, Dr. Taheri keeps an eye on all of us, sending us emails and telling us about interesting things. We try to get together in her absence, but it never feels as good as when she is with us. She is a remarkable woman, our Dr. T. P.S. No, I'm not in the picture. This is a classroom in Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department. That's why there is Arabic writings on the board.


Shobeir said...

WoW, You remind me of our " On dialogue" meetings, with Mr. Alef Shin.
I don't know the reason but some ppl play an outstanding role in a group (even if they are not the founding member or ...).

Shad ziid

Ps. Again aval shodam :D

Mehran said...

I heared you guys had masghati once in that class. ;-)

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Shobeir! This class had close to 30 students in it. You only see some of them. I have always been a "bacheh tokhs" in class! You know, when I was in high school, they had to make me "mobser" for me to calm down and create less havoc! It is a lesson I learned very well, so whenever I have a tokhs employee, I make him/her a supervisor and that will settle them down!

You are lucky your classes are ongoing. Ours are short for now. Our teacher promised to return from Japan in one more year, when she will resume her weekly classes in Berkeley.

Be good Shobeir. Thanks for your music, too! I am going to get that CD you told me about. Do you have it yourself?

Nazy said...

Salam bar Mehran Jan! Yes, we had Masghati every week, because our lovely teacher, a Shirazi herself, brought them to us. In fact, if you look to the right of that huge pastry box on the table, you might catch a glimpse of the plate! You must come to our next classes Mehran.

There will be a class in Berkeley for five Wednesdays October 17-14. This one is called "The Cinema of Iran." Let me know if you would like to go to it.

Thanks for coming to visit Mehran Jan.

SERENDIP said...

You're having way too much fun...LOL

Good job on the "My piece on Iranian.com". It was acerbically moving but delicious at the same time...hahaha

I left a few words as well. Check it out.

Nazy said...

Serendip Jan. Thank you for both comments! Haha, yes, I do "get around," but I promise you I'm good! The secret I would share with you is that I actually have to make an effort to do many of the things I do, as laziness and worse yet, melancholy, do tend to encourage me to stay home and do nothing many times. Then I have to discipline myself to get dressed, get in the car and go, proving to myself that there is a whole world out there which will go on with or without me, and knowing about that world and being a part of it could make my life richer, and me happier. That's why I make the effort, and it does pay off each time (in hindsight, no less). Belonging to a community or a group is really a very satisfying experience, especially if they are enlightened Iranians with whom I share so much. This class, my fellow students, and most importantly my teacher, have been a salvation in many ways. End of secret. Have a good weekend my friend.

shobeir said...

LoL thanx for teaching me a lesson for my future :D (handeling tokhs employee would be sth I'll need it (for sure!)!
No I dont have the CD as it is not yet published in Iran and I'll have remorse if I dl it from internet :D

Nazy said...

Shobeir Jan, good for you for not downloading music for free. I have deep respect for people's intellectual property and think paying for other people's life's work is the least we could do. Be good and I look forward to hearing how you will handle people when you are a manager!

Assal said...

Nazy joonam:I see my favorite teacher in this pic! Thanks!!

I was hoping you could give us some more info on the "Cinema of Iran" class! Thank you!

Nazy said...

Salam Assal. Yes, Bijan Jorjani was in our class, as I mentioned before! He is so competent in Persian literature and he is an excellent aid to Dr. Taheri. I personally have a lot of respect for him and his wife Shahin for running the oldest Farsi language school in our area, teaching every single American-born Iranian kid I know, including yourself, how to speak, read, and write Farsi. He is an amazing individual.

Here's the info about the class.
The Osher Life Long Center at UC will have many classes this Fall. One of them is entitled "The Cinema of Iran." It meets every Wednesday between October 3-November 7 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. (5 classes) at the Berkeley Art Museum Theater. They will cover Iranian movies from 1960's to the present. Works of Makhmalbaf, Kiarostami, Naderi, and Bani-Etemad, among others, will be examined. The course is taught by Karen Davis who is a senior film programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival.

I don't know if I will be able to manage missing work five weeks in a row for it, but I am thinking about it. Be good Assal Jan.