Amir Hassanpour Memorial Lecture
Professor Amir Hassanpour was a prominent scholar of Kurdish and Iranian studies, an inspiring teacher and mentor, and a respected colleague in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. As a tribute to our colleague and friend, the Department is establishing an annual lecture in his memory and invites you to help fund it with a charitable donation.
Dr. Hassanpour was born in the Kurdish city of Mahabad, in western Iran. He attended the University of Tehran, where he completed a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Linguistics, and became immersed in the Iranian student movement and oppositional politics. Having won a grant to pursue his Ph.D., he left Iran for the University of Illinois. His doctoral dissertation served as the foundation for his seminal book, Nationalism and Language in Kurdistan, published in 1992.
After teaching at the universities of Windsor and Concordia, Dr. Hassanpour moved to Toronto and joined U of T’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 1999. At Toronto, Professor Hassanpour became a prolific writer, a highly respected and popular teacher, known for his intellectual generosity, his democratic style of thinking, and an ethos of social responsibility, which he also instilled in his students. He is deeply missed by the NMC community.
Please join us in honouring Professor Hassanpour’s legacy at the University of Toronto by making a donation to the Amir Hassanpour Memorial Lecture Fund. Donations can be made as a one-time gift or a continuing pledge. You may make a gift online, arrange for payroll deductions, or mail a cheque payable to the University of Toronto.
We plan to hold the first annual Amir Hassanpour Memorial Lecture and a special reception in the fall of 2018. We are grateful for your support and hope to see you there.
1. Online at https://donate.utoronto.ca/hassanpour
Please contact Heather McLean, Office of Advancement at 416.978.1844 or firstname.lastname@example.org