03.11.'10

 
Publish Date : Wednesday 3 November 2010 - 11:40
 
 
The latest cultural headlines in the media.
03.11.
 
University of Ankara to hold conference on Attar

Tehran Times: The University of Ankara will host a conference on the Persian poet Attar Neyshaburi (1145-1221) on November 4.

Iranian scholars Ebrahim Khodayar, Mohammad-Jafar Yahaqqi, Karim Zamani and Seyyed Javad Mortezaii will be attending the event.

They plan to leave Iran on Wednesday and will also visit Rumi’s shrine during their sojourn in Turkey.

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Iranian illustrators among Korean contest winners

Tehran Times: Artworks created by eight Iranian illustrators have been published in the 2010 catalogue of the CJ Book Illustrators Contest in South Korea.

Illustrations by Behzad Bozorgi, Aylin Bahmanipur, Ghazaleh Bigdelu, Hassan Amekan, Pegah Kazemi, Azadeh Madani, Zeynab Malekzadeh and Sorur Yazdi are published in the catalogue.

Iran with eight winners ranks first and South Korea with seven illustrators is second. About 1100 illustrations by artists from 30 countries were submitted to the gala out of which 50 illustrations from 19 countries were selected.

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Leading Dutch Writer Harry Mulisch Dies

Iran News: Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, author of 'The Assault' and 'The Discovery of Heaven', died of cancer Saturday in his Amsterdam home at the age of 83.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte Sunday called his death "a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands" while culture minister Halbe Zijlstra said he was the last of the 'Big Three' writers with Gerard Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans, both deceased.

Mulisch was often considered, at least in the Netherlands, a candidate for the Nobel Prize of literature. He wrote more than thirty works and 'The Discovery of Heaven' was named the 'Best Dutch Book Ever' by a jury of newspaper readers in 2007.

Born July 29, 1929 in Haarlem, Mulisch wrote his first major bestseller 'The Assault' about an act of resistance in World War Two, which dared to discuss the questions of wrong and right during the war as several innocent people get killed in retaliation for the death of a collaborator.

The book, published in 1982 when the war-time generation was still healing from its traumas, reflected Mulisch' own war torment as his father had collaborated with the German occupiers.

Mulisch was a lank bespectacled man hardly ever seen without a pipe in his mouth. He was regularly seen in television shows and events and was famous for his early self-publicity stunts. As a young writer, he would call the then trendy Americain Hotel at the central Leidseplein square, and ask for Mr Mulisch. A member of staff would then call around "telephone for Mr. Mulisch" and thereby make publicity for his name.

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UNESCO Avicenna Gold Medal For Karim Mojtahedi

Iran Daily: Iranian philosophy professor Karim Mojtahedi has been awarded at UNESCO Avicenna Gold Medal at the 4th International Farabi Festival.

According to Fars News Agency, the scholar was awarded as a veteran in humanities. He was also presented plaque of honor by Iran’s Cultural Luminaries Association.

Mojtahedi is the fourth Iranian scholar who has received the honor after Fatollah Mojtabai, Ali Shariatmadari and Seyyed Jafar Sajjadi.

Karim Mojtahedi is a Tehran University professor. He has so far published over 20 books on philosophy.

His latest book ‘Hegel’s Thoughts’ will soon be released by Humanities and Cultural Studies Research Center.

The philosopher is to deliver a lecture in French at the World Philosophy Day Congress in Tehran.

The congress will be held from November 21 to 23 on the occasion of World Philosophy Day which will be celebrated on November 18, 2010 worldwide. It is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

To mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of the most influential of Islam’s philosopher-scientists, UNESCO minted commemorative Avicenna Medal in 1980.

At the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNESCO established the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science in 2002.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Serial Killer in ‘Devil’

Iran Daily: Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star in an adaptation of the bestseller ‘The Devil in the White City’, a project he will also produce.
Erik Larson’s acclaimed novel spent three years on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold 2.3 million copies and has been translated into 17 languages.

The nonfiction story focuses on the lives of two men who turned the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair into their playground. One man, Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, in a short period of time was forced to overcome immense obstacles to construct the famous ‘White City’ around which the fair was built.

DiCaprio would play the other man, H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. Believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, Holmes devised and erected the World’s Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims to their death.
“White City” has long captivated Hollywood’s top talent, although the period setting always seemed to pose budgetary roadblocks. Kathryn Bigelow was attached to direct and produce at one point, and Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner were also developing an adaptation.

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Anton Chekhov House to Be Restored

Iran Daily: The house where Russia’s universally acclaimed playwright Anton Chekhov penned some of his greatest work will be restored by the end of this year after decades of neglect, said the British charity behind its repair.

According to Art Daily, Chekhov moved to the multi-floored White Dacha on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast in Yalta in 1898 to treat tuberculosis, from which he suffered for most of his adult life before it killed him in 1904.
Turned into a museum in 1921, the White Dacha crumbled after a lack of funds and was forced into partial closure from 2007, the London-based Anton Chekhov Foundation said in a statement last week.

Surrounded by cypress and fruit trees, Chekhov wrote “The Cherry Orchard” and “Three Sisters” in the house, and the nearby coast set the scene for his much-loved “Lady with the Dog.”

Set up by British Chekhov biographer and translator Rosamund Bartlett two years ago, the charity raised $392,900 to “reverse the plight of this most important of historical monuments,” it said, adding the house will be completed by the end of 2010.

Having procured the bulk of the funding from the Ukrainian government, the balance was made up by British writers and actors including Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh.

The US Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation also donated as well as Evgeny Lebedev, son of Russian media tycoon and owner of two British newspapers Alexander Lebedev.

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Iranian scholar gets UNESCO award

Presstv: Iranian philosophy professor Karim Mojtahedi has received UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science at the 4th International Farabi Festival.

Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will send the gold medal to Tehran to be presented to the Iranian intellectual, Fars news agency reported

The scholar is the fourth Iranian scholar who has received the honor after Fatollah Mojtabai, Ali Shariatmadari and Seyyed Jafar Sajjadi.

Mojtahedi was also awarded a plaque of honor by Iran's Cultural Luminaries Association.

He is a professor at Tehran University and has published over 20 books on philosophy so far.

His latest book 'Hegel's Thoughts' will soon be released by Humanities and Cultural Studies Research Center.

The philosopher is to deliver a lecture in French at the World Philosophy Day Congress in Tehran slated for November 21-23 on the occasion of World Philosophy Day which will be celebrated on November 18, 2010 worldwide.

To mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of the most influential of Islam's philosopher-scientists, UNESCO established commemorative Avicenna Medal in 1980.

At the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNESCO established the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science in 2002.

The Prize is named after Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina — known in West as Avicenna — who was an eminent scientist and philosopher of the 10th and 11th centuries.

He combined the qualities of a physician, scholar and humanist in his search to an integrative approach to science and ethics. The Avicenna Prize honors someone who upholds the values he held dear.

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