FIRES – ZAH Library 24th Annual Lecture Series


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Friday, Nov. 10, 2023

6:30 pm – Wine & Cheese
7:00 pm – Introduce and getting to know Jenny Rose
8:00 pm – Potluck

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023

Saturday’s program shall be available on ZOOM. See Details below

10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Presentation by Dr. Jenny Rose
– Q & A
– Group Activity Reports

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Presentation by Meheryar Rivetna – Politics and Power: The birth of the Younger Avesta.


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Sheer-e-Shireen: Zoroastrians adding Sugar to the Milk

A Talk and Discussion by Dr. Jenny Rose

The story of “Sugar in the Milk” is well known as part of the story of the arrival of Zoroastrians in India. Jenny Rose’s talk will explore this perspective of significant contributions Zoroastrians made to society with some examples of the ethos of “good deeds” carried out by 21st century Zoroastrians in Iran, India, North America and the UK. Her experience indicates that such action can bring immediate benefit to an individual or a wider group, providing access to basic necessities – water, food, education, healthcare, and justice – which improve (“sweeten”) their live

Dr. Jenny Rose has been producing educational materials relating to the Zoroastrian religion for several decades, beginning with her time as an advisory teacher in London, then as a postgraduate at Columbia University, and later as lecturer (professor) in the UK and the USA. Jenny’s most recent book is Between Boston and Bombay: Cultural and Commercial Encounters of Yankees and Parsis, 1771–1865 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Currently a Research Fellow of Claremont Graduate University, she is co-editing a volume for Routledge titled The Zoroastrian World, which will include contributions from across the Zoroastrian world as well from the non-Zoroastrian academics.

Politics and Power: The Birth of the Younger Avesta

A Talk by Meheryar Rivetna

Meheryar’s talk Politics and Power: The Birth of the Younger Avesta will deal with the evolution of Zarathustra’s Gathic teachings to contemporary practices and beliefs. He will take us on a historical journey from ancient times to Zarathustra’s sojourn on earth to modern times based on scholarly research and evidence.

Meheryar Rivetna was employed by Merck & Co. where he held positions in scientific research, sales and marketing. After retiring in 2016, he immersed himself in an intense study of the Zoroastrian religion. Meheryar is the author of Zarathustra: The Man and the Message. It is an in-depth study of the Zoroastrian religion with an aim to dispel the myths contradicting Zarathustra’s teachings. Meheryar has also published articles on the Zoro-astrian faith in the FEZANA Journal, Chehreh-Namah and Parsiana. He is on the library committee of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston as well as the FIRES committee, the education and research arm of FEZANA.

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