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Cover of the book Iran: A Modern History by Professor Abbas Amanat, this month's Arts and Humanities Book Talk.

This history of modern Iran is an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. Praised by critics as “a stately, scholarly study” and commended for “the grandeur of its ambition,” the book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Professor Abbas Amanat will speak about his new book on February 27th in Sterling Memorial Library at 4:30-5:30PM.

Picture of an afro-american family during World War 1

When the United States entered World War I, the call of mass mobilization permeated every aspect of American life. Americans answered this call—for service and sacrifice, money and time, life and loyalty—with deep ambivalence; an ambivalence reflecting the divisive and singular nature of the conflict, but reflecting too the conflicting interests of emerging populations in a rapidly changing nation. This new exhibition explores explores this moment of paradox at its centennial, as reflected in speeches, pamphlets, photographs, posters, popular songs, and other examples of propaganda and protest from the period.  The Exhibition begins February 12—June 1, 2018 in The Memorabilia Room, at Sterling Memorial Library.