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Ameneh Shervin Emami
BioShervin Emami is Persian Language and Literature Lecturer in the Stanford Language Center. She is completing her dissertation, titled “Persian Contemporary Magical Realism through the Lens of Allegorical and Mystical Writings in Persian Classical Literature,” at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her M.A. in Middle Eastern History from California State University-Fullerton, and her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Before arriving at Stanford, she taught at UCLA, University of California-Irvine, and University of California-Berkeley.
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSoutheast Asia; ASEAN; Indonesia; China; regionalism; Islamism; democracy; governance; U.S. foreign policy; and the sociology of scholarly knowledge
BioSince 2010, Saadet Ebru Ergul has been teaching Turkish language and conversation courses at various levels for both graduates, undergraduate students at the Stanford University Language Center. Currently, she also serves as the Executive Secretary of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT)
She holds the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Full Certification and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) Rater Certification in Turkish.
She earned her B.A. from Bilkent University, her M.B.A. from Başkent University, and her M.A. from Texas Tech University in Applied Linguistics with an additional focus on French Literature and Language.
Ebru’s research interests include oral proficiency assessment, curriculum development, interculturality, Turkish Language Framework, and National Language Standards, technology-enhanced language learning, teacher training, and mentoring.
She also trains at Stanford University Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Orientation, reads and evaluates conference proposals for the Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center Scientific Board (DEKAM), serves as the Turkish Language expert at the National Foreign Language Center - University of Maryland (DATES). Ebru, leads the Enrollment/Survey Statistics for AATT. She serves as a delegate representing AATT at Assembly Member at National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and is an active member of Foreign Languages Teachers of North California (FLANC).
She received the ‘iPads for Learning Grant” from Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning four times, which enabled her students to use customized iPads in her Turkish Language classes and experiment with real-time language learning. Ebru has also assisted many of her students in acquiring Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) from the US Department of State to study Turkish and Summer Fellowships from American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) to do intensive Advanced Turkish language study at Boğaziçi University and Turkish Universities MA Program Fulbright Award.
She also has served as a task force member on publishing the Turkish annotations and samples for speaking, writing, listening, and reading to accompany the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Turkish:
In her spare time, she loves watching figure skating and soccer, gardening, and traveling.
Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature
BioAmir Eshel is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies. He is Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature and as of 2019 Director of Comparative Literature and its graduate program. His Stanford affiliations include The Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Modern Thought & Literature, and The Europe Center at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also the faculty director of Stanford’s research group on The Contemporary and of the Poetic Media Lab at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). His research focuses on contemporary literature and the arts as they touch on philosophy, specifically on memory, history, political thought, and ethics.
Amir Eshel is the author of Poetic Thinking Today (Stanford University Press, 2019); German translation at Suhrkamp Verlag, 2020). Previous books include Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past (The University of Chicago Press in 2013). The German version of the book, Zukünftigkeit: Die zeitgenössische Literatur und die Vergangenheit, appeared in 2012 with Suhrkamp Verlag. Together with Rachel Seelig, he co-edited The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange (2018). In 2014, he co-edited with Ulrich Baer a book of essays on Hannah Arendt, Hannah Arendt: zwischen den Disziplinen; and also co-edited a book of essays on Barbara Honigmann with Yfaat Weiss, Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge (2013).
Earlier scholarship includes the books Zeit der Zäsur: Jüdische Lyriker im Angesicht der Shoah (1999), and Das Ungesagte Schreiben: Israelische Prosa und das Problem der Palästinensischen Flucht und Vertreibung (2006). Amir Eshel has also published essays on Franz Kafka, Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Dani Karavan, Gerhard Richter, W.G. Sebald, Günter Grass, Alexander Kluge, Barbara Honigmann, Durs Grünbein, Dan Pagis, S. Yizhar, and Yoram Kaniyuk.
Amir Eshel’s poetry includes a 2018 book with the artist Gerhard Richter, Zeichnungen/רישומים, a work which brings together 25 drawings by Richter from the clycle 40 Tage and Eshel’s bi-lingual poetry in Hebrew and German. In 2020, Mossad Bialik brings his Hebrew poetry collection בין מדבר למדבר, Between Deserts.
Amir Eshel is a recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt and the Friedrich Ebert foundations and received the Award for Distinguished Teaching from the School of Humanities and Sciences.
BioJohn W. Evans is the author of three books: Should I Still Wish: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), Young Widower: A Memoir (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), and The Consolations: Poems (Trio House Press, 2014). His books have won prizes including the Peace Corps Writers Book Prize, a ForeWord Reviews Book Prize, the River Teeth Book Prize, and the Trio Award. Should I Still Wish was selected by Poets and Writers magazine as a “new and noteworthy” title of January/February 2017, and is published in the American Lives Series. His work appears in The Missouri Review (2016 Editor’s Prize Finalist), Poets & Writers, Slate, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, and Best American Essays 2011 (Honorable Mention), as well as the chapbooks, No Season (FWQ, 2011) and Zugzwang (RockSaw, 2009). John is currently the Draper Lecturer of Creative Nonfiction at Stanford University, where he was previously a Jones Lecturer and a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three young sons. He is at work on his first novel.