Celebrate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Shahnama (Iran’s Book of Kings) with art, storytelling, music, and dance.


Laura Weinstein, curator of the exhibition “Romantic Interludes: Women in Firdawsi’s Shahnama,” discusses artistic traditions in the epic poem; scholar Olga Davidson explores stories about the poem’s fascinating female characters; and Mesma Belsare performs a dance choreographed specifically for this event. Reception follows.


Mesma Belsare, choreographer and dancer

Olga Davidson, visiting associate professor, Wellesley College

Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art