A panel discussion about the Cyrus Cylinder and its uses, misuses, and contemporary Iran with Mitra Ara, Trita Parsi, and Reza Zarghamee. Moderated by Jay Xu. This program was presented by the Asian Art Museum and the Asia Society of Northern California. The Cyrus Cylinder exhibition was organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition at the Asian Art Museum is generously supported by Tina and Hamid Moghadam, Bita Daryabari and Dr. Reza Malek in collaboration with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.
Jay Xu (moderator), Director, Asian Art Museum
John Curtis, Keeper of the Middle East Collections, The British Museum
Reza Zarghamee, Author of Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World (forthcoming 2013)
Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council
Mitra Ara, Professor and Founding Director, Persian Studies Department, San Francisco State University
Promotional Co-Sponsors: UC Berkeley Department of Near Eastern Studies and the San Francisco State University Persian Studies Program