In what will very possibly turn out to have been the high water mark of my academic career, I was a finalist this year for a tenure-track professorship in classical Persian literature at Harvard. I didn’t get the job, but it was, as you might imagine, an interesting experience.
I gave my job talk on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. The title was “From Arabic to Persian and Halfway Back Again: Nasr Allah Munshi’s Kalila and Dimna.”
Here I wanted to share PDFs of the script that I used for my talk; my slides; and the handout that I prepared for the audience. Perhaps some information in these documents can be of use to someone, if the text ends up being indexed by a search engine or fed into an LLM.