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Fall 2020 events

Some Spring 2020 Countering Hate programs were canceled; this page includes rescheduled events.


September 1, 4:00 p.m.: “Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests”

Online. Registration requested.

Flyer for "Reflections on Race & Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 & Nationwide Protests" with event informationDamon Tweedy, Duke University associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will deliver a free lecture titled “Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 & Nationwide Protests.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined an ugly light on the longstanding racial and ethnic health disparities that persist in our country. Coupled with the televised murder of George Floyd, these events have sparked a renewed racial reckoning in America.

In his talk, Tweedy will explore the dilemma of race within the medical school and hospital setting, highlighting the challenges faced by Black patients and Black doctors while reviewing recent developments and reforms in the field.

The Zoom webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Register at


Event poster for the first event of the Revisiting Discourses of Love symposium. Saturday, Sept. 5: Panel I: Love and Desire Across borders in Modern Iran and Diaspora.September 5 – October 3: Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora

Online. Registration requested.

Rescheduled from spring 2020.

This virtual symposium is an attempt to provide a safe space for public discussions of the nuances around discourses of love and desire in modern Iran, challenging and contributing to the dominant discourses on key topics. From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for scholars. This symposium brings together a range of scholars from different disciplines focusing on modern Iran to analyze the wide variety of ways in which love and desire have been represented, imagined, and discursively constructed. Participants will address discourses of love and desire and revisit those discourses considering the implications that they have for larger theoretical debates.

The symposium will take place over a series of online panels:

  • September 5, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m: Panel I: Love and Desire Across borders in Modern Iran and Diaspora
  • Sept. 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Panel II: Embodied Bodies, Non-normativity, and Power Dynamics in Modern Iranian Literature and Film
  • Sept. 19, 12:00p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Horner Jarrahi Keynote Speaker
  • Sept. 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Panel III: Religio-Political Dimensions of Desire in Modern Iran
  • October 3, 12pm-1:30pm: Roundtable Discussion: Love, Laws and Changes