Iranian scholar to lecture April 25


Soude Dadras

Visiting scholar Soude Dadras will lecture on the role of women in Iran at 4 p.m., April 25 in the Vincent Science Center.


April 13, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Soude Dadras, an Iranian scholar and teacher, will offer a lecture about Iranian women's roles in education, politics, art and social activities at 4 p.m., April 25, in Slippery Rock University's 105 Vincent Science Center. Her free appearance is part of SRU's 15th Annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

Dadras, a visiting scholar in art history and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss the struggles artists face in Iran.

Dadras specializes in the history of Iranian hand weaving, including Persian carpets, which she makes. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Dadras was a founder and board member of the Carpet Society at Islamic Azad University. Her ongoing research includes ancient Iranian portraits and the goddess sculptures in ancient Persia.

She has lectured on the history of Iranian art in Japan and at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hill University.

The student-led Art Society at SRU arranged to bring Dadras to campus.

Kaleidoscope, SRU's 15th annual arts festival, runs from April 14-28. This year the festival will feature 28 dance, theatre, music, literary and visual arts events. Children's Day will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23, at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Programs will include earth-friendly activities.

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