TEHRAN, May 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Renowned American poet Coleman Barks delivered a lecture at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities of Isfahan University on Sunday, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday. Americans are looking for a real human, and that person has been manifested in Rumi, he said.
He expressed satisfaction over the popularity of his books based on Rumi's works in the United States.
The sense of humor in Rumi's poetry inspires Americans, he added.
Barks also recited some of his own English translations of Rumi's poetry and answered students' question.
He has come to Iran in order to receive an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature from the University of Tehran, which will be awarded to him in a special ceremony at the university on May 17.
The honorary doctorate will be presented to Barks for his years of efforts writing books on Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi and translating Rumi's poetry.
Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He has been teaching poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years.
He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977.
"The Essential Rumi", "The Drowned Book", "Rumi: The Book of Love", "The Soul of Rumi", and "The Juice" are some of the books written or translated by Barks.
"Information Age" author to speak at Tehran universities TEHRAN, May 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Professor Manuel Castells is traveling to Tehran to give lectures at two Tehran universities.
Castells, the author of the book "Information Age", teaches sociology and city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkley.
He is scheduled to make a speech on information technology, communications, and global attitudes at Allameh Tabatabaii University on May 22, and the next day he is to discuss the internet, economy, and society at Amir Kabir University.
His three-volume book "The End of the Millennium, The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture" has been translated into Persian and published by Tarh-e No Publications.
"Conversations with Manuel Castells" has also been published by Ney Publications.
Manuel Castells was born in 1942 in Hellin, Albacete, Spain. After completing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Paris, he taught at the university between 1967 and 1979.
In 1979, he was appointed professor of sociology and professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2001, he also became a research professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona. In 2003 he joined the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication as a professor of communication and the first Wallis Annenberg endowed Chair of Communication and Technology.
He is a founding member of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and a senior member of the Center's Faculty Advisory Council. Castells is also a member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication.
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