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Meet the First Woman to Win Math’s Most Prestigious Prize

BY ERICA KLARREICH, QUANTA MAGAZINE 

Mirzakhani is the first woman to win a Fields Medal. The gender imbalance in mathematics is long-standing and pervasive, and the Fields Medal, in particular, is ill-suited to the career arcs of many female mathematicians. It is restricted to mathematicians younger than 40, focusing on the very years during which many women dial back their careers to raise children.

Mirzakhani feels certain, however, that there will be many more female Fields medalists in the future. “There are really many great female mathematicians doing great things,” she said.

Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems.

For the first time, seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran will convene to explore and elucidate the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country’s ongoing economic development. The conference is predicated on the notion that the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation is the indispensable key to sustainable growth. 
In compliance with sanctions and corresponding laws, conference participants will educate each other on the issues impacting high tech entrepreneurship in Iran, the extent to which prevailing conditions in the country deviate from the “global innovation model,” and the steps that should be taken to reduce this gap. Some of the issues that will be explored in the conference include the status of civilian research and development spending, startup growth, protection of intellectual property rights, laws and regulations governing bankruptcy, attraction of venture capital, cultural attitudes towards entrepreneurs’ failure, existence of innovation clusters, ease of starting businesses, and the availability and accessibility of mentors and role models.  Special attention will also be given to how Tehran can thrive by becoming a regional entrepreneurial hotspot, and the role that the city’s diverse and cosmopolitan nature can play in fostering creative tensions and intellectual exchanges that are paramount for unleashing innovation.

For the first time, seasoned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Iran will convene to explore and elucidate the opportunities and challenges of high tech entrepreneurship in Iran and its impact on the country’s ongoing economic development. The conference is predicated on the notion that the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation is the indispensable key to sustainable growth. 

In compliance with sanctions and corresponding laws, conference participants will educate each other on the issues impacting high tech entrepreneurship in Iran, the extent to which prevailing conditions in the country deviate from the “global innovation model,” and the steps that should be taken to reduce this gap. Some of the issues that will be explored in the conference include the status of civilian research and development spending, startup growth, protection of intellectual property rights, laws and regulations governing bankruptcy, attraction of venture capital, cultural attitudes towards entrepreneurs’ failure, existence of innovation clusters, ease of starting businesses, and the availability and accessibility of mentors and role models.  Special attention will also be given to how Tehran can thrive by becoming a regional entrepreneurial hotspot, and the role that the city’s diverse and cosmopolitan nature can play in fostering creative tensions and intellectual exchanges that are paramount for unleashing innovation.

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane by S. Frederick Starr 
In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds—remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia—drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China.
Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth’s diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world’s greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America—five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia.

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane by S. Frederick Starr

In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds—remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia—drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the easternmost province of Iran through Xinjiang, China.

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects. They gave algebra its name, calculated the earth’s diameter with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that later defined European medicine, and penned some of the world’s greatest poetry. One scholar, working in Afghanistan, even predicted the existence of North and South America—five centuries before Columbus. Rarely in history has a more impressive group of polymaths appeared at one place and time. No wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas down to the scientific revolution, and had a similarly deep impact in India and much of Asia.

“AUTOMATIC ASSEMBLY ACTIONS”
14th of January – 14th of March 2013
Carbon 12 proudly presents Anahita Razmi’s solo exhibition ‘Automatic Assembly Actions’, opening on January 14th, 2013. Many worlds collide in Razmi’s work: cultural spheres, semantic frameworks, art history, politics, and some of them together. Through appropriation of heritage, symbols, and even other artists ideas, contexts are redefined and concepts juxtaposed. Razmi attacks these systems directly, honestly and relentlessly. Free from conceptual restraints; any surplus is discarded until only the message itself remains.

“AUTOMATIC ASSEMBLY ACTIONS”

14th of January – 14th of March 2013

Carbon 12 proudly presents Anahita Razmi’s solo exhibition ‘Automatic Assembly Actions’, opening on January 14th, 2013. Many worlds collide in Razmi’s work: cultural spheres, semantic frameworks, art history, politics, and some of them together. Through appropriation of heritage, symbols, and even other artists ideas, contexts are redefined and concepts juxtaposed. Razmi attacks these systems directly, honestly and relentlessly. Free from conceptual restraints; any surplus is discarded until only the message itself remains.

A groundbreaking document published by the Open Society Foundation, on Tuesday shows that 54 countries, a quarter of the world’s nations, cooperated with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme.
(Image Credit: Huffington Post)

A groundbreaking document published by the Open Society Foundation, on Tuesday shows that 54 countries, a quarter of the world’s nations, cooperated with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme.

(Image Credit: Huffington Post)

Emmy Award for ”Crisis Guide: Iran”
The Council on Foreign Relations has won an Emmy Award in the category of “New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage” for its “Crisis Guide: Iran”, an interactive learning tool with timelines, maps, analysis and other resources.

Emmy Award for ”Crisis Guide: Iran”

The Council on Foreign Relations has won an Emmy Award in the category of “New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage” for its “Crisis Guide: Iran”, an interactive learning tool with timelines, maps, analysis and other resources.

US policymakers hope they can control the Arab Revolution 
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a US think tank is hosting a book launch for “The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East” by Dr. Marc Lynch. US policymakers hope they can control the Arab Revolution and shape the nature of change according to US interests.   

In The Arab Uprising, Dr. Lynch examines the emerging regional landscape in the Middle East, one in which, he argues, the old heavyweights - Iran, al Qaeda, even Israel - have all been disempowered, and nations like Saudi Arabia are powering a new cold war. Dr. Lynch highlights the new fault lines that are forming between forces of revolution and counter-revolution and shows what it all means for the future of U.S. foreign policy. Deeply informed by inside access to the Obama administration’s decisionmaking process and first-hand interviews with protestors, politicians, diplomats and journalists, The Arab Uprising is an unprecedented and indispensible guide to the changing lay of the land in the Middle East and North Africa.

US policymakers hope they can control the Arab Revolution

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a US think tank is hosting a book launch for “The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East” by Dr. Marc Lynch. US policymakers hope they can control the Arab Revolution and shape the nature of change according to US interests.   

In The Arab Uprising, Dr. Lynch examines the emerging regional landscape in the Middle East, one in which, he argues, the old heavyweights - Iran, al Qaeda, even Israel - have all been disempowered, and nations like Saudi Arabia are powering a new cold war. Dr. Lynch highlights the new fault lines that are forming between forces of revolution and counter-revolution and shows what it all means for the future of U.S. foreign policy. Deeply informed by inside access to the Obama administration’s decisionmaking process and first-hand interviews with protestors, politicians, diplomats and journalists, The Arab Uprising is an unprecedented and indispensible guide to the changing lay of the land in the Middle East and North Africa.

Iranian rappers sing for people of Homs in Syria

This song is produced by Emad Ghavidel and Hamed Fard for the people of Homs in Syria. 

Taraneh Hemami’s Theory of Survival: Fabrications
Theory of Survival: Fabrications makes visible the otherwise absent histories of dissent in Iran through the production and presentation of collected historical archives, hand-crafted reproductions, print and web-based materials. This work will culminate in multidisciplinary installations that include a retail shop, a library and a story booth. Since 2007, the Theory of Survival project has amassed historical archives from local communities and the web through residencies and collective efforts. This material includes decades of otherwise banned and censored printed matter belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California which was active from 1964–84 and reflects the political sensibilities of its time.

Taraneh Hemami’s Theory of Survival: Fabrications

Theory of Survival: Fabrications makes visible the otherwise absent histories of dissent in Iran through the production and presentation of collected historical archives, hand-crafted reproductions, print and web-based materials. This work will culminate in multidisciplinary installations that include a retail shop, a library and a story booth. Since 2007, the Theory of Survival project has amassed historical archives from local communities and the web through residencies and collective efforts. This material includes decades of otherwise banned and censored printed matter belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California which was active from 1964–84 and reflects the political sensibilities of its time.

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
Zahra’s Paradise weaves together a composite of real people and events. As the world witnessed what could no longer be kept from view, through YouTube videos, on Twitter and in blogs, so this story came to be and had to be told.

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.

Zahra’s Paradise weaves together a composite of real people and events. As the world witnessed what could no longer be kept from view, through YouTube videos, on Twitter and in blogs, so this story came to be and had to be told.

Arab Social Media Report

by the Dubai School of Government

The societal and political transformations sweeping the Arab region have empowered large segments of the region’s population. Many stereotypes have been shattered, with Arab youth, “netizens” and women becoming the main drivers for regional change. Arab women in particular have become more engaged in political and civic actions, playing a critical leading role in the rapid and historic changes that have swept the region. Meanwhile, the debate about the role of social media in these transformations has reached policy making circles at the regional and global levels.

Throughout 2011, social media usage continued to grow significantly across the Arab world, coupled with major shifts in usage trends. From merely being used as a tool for social networking and entertainment, social media now infiltrates almost every aspect of the daily lives of millions of Arabs, affecting the way they interact socially, do business, interact with government, or engage in civil society movements. By the end of 2011, Arab users’ utilization of social media had evolved to encompass civic engagement, political participation, entrepreneurial efforts, and social change.

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Letters from Iran | Al Jazeera examines the aftermath of Iran’s Green Revolution and find an opposition that remains eager for change.

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Letters from Iran | Al Jazeera examines the aftermath of Iran’s Green Revolution and find an opposition that remains eager for change.

Roof Piece Tehran
Anahita Razmi, a video and performance artist based in Stuttgart is the winner of the Emdash award 2011. Her work is being featured at London’s Frieze Art Fair. She is showing a video installation of 12 rooftop dancers in Tehran. It is a contemporary dance based upon choreographer Trisha Brown’s 1971 work Roof Piece. Roof Piece Tehran is a political piece exploring how the rooftops were used by Iranian protesters in the Green Revolution. 

They were very different. Iranian people were going out on roofs at night and shouting ‘death to the dictator’ and ‘Allah Akbar’ from one roof to another and it echoed through the whole city. So, if you tell someone in Tehran you want to do something on the roofs they are apprehensive because it’s a political space in a way. After these protests people directly related the roofs to the protests.

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Roof Piece Tehran

Anahita Razmi, a video and performance artist based in Stuttgart is the winner of the Emdash award 2011. Her work is being featured at London’s Frieze Art Fair. She is showing a video installation of 12 rooftop dancers in Tehran. It is a contemporary dance based upon choreographer Trisha Brown’s 1971 work Roof Piece. Roof Piece Tehran is a political piece exploring how the rooftops were used by Iranian protesters in the Green Revolution. 

They were very different. Iranian people were going out on roofs at night and shouting ‘death to the dictator’ and ‘Allah Akbar’ from one roof to another and it echoed through the whole city. So, if you tell someone in Tehran you want to do something on the roofs they are apprehensive because it’s a political space in a way. After these protests people directly related the roofs to the protests.

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Opensource Weapons

An intriguing video about the Stuxnet computer virus, which affected Iran’s nuclear programme. The virus is openly available online, enabling anyone to develop the virus further. The video is made by Patrick Clair and written by Scott Mitchell for the HungryBeast program on Australia’s ABC1.

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The ‘Liberation’ Technology Movement

The impact of communication technologies in the Arab Revolution has encouraged the Obama administration to heavily invest in developing communication technologies that will enhance the ability of the US to influence public opinion in repressive nations around the world. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:

We see more and more people around the globe using the Internet, mobile phones and other technologies to make their voices heard as they protest against injustice and seek to realize their aspirations…There is a historic opportunity to effect positive change, change America supports…So we’re focused on helping them do that, on helping them talk to each other, to their communities, to their governments and to the world.