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April 2001

* New art from Iran: U.S. tour
* Community participation in Iran: Washington lecture
* Connecting Iranian schools to the Internet
* US-Iranian Trade: Sacramento
* UNICEF live auction in Seattle
* Persian prose in Exile, London
* Bazargan lecture, Oakland
* Express opposition to renewing U.S. sanctions
* Funeral service for Mehdi Mirzadegi, Denver
* Sufism and Persian Literature classes, Berkeley
* Persian books on sale at UC Berkeley library
* "Daughters of the Sun" in Washington DC
* Iranian Taekwando team in Belgium
* Iranian Contemporary Art: London
* Hossein Naser lecture: London
* "Beyond Manzanar": Seattle
* Mossadegh and the Future of Iran: Chicago
* Iranian couple gives thousands to UC Davis
* Tehran U. engineers reunion
* Art trip to New York
* Iranian films in San Jose

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* US-Iranian Trade: Sacramento

Iranian Trade Association Presents "US-Iranian Trade & Dialogue Among Civilizations Dinner" May 31, 2001 5-9 pm The Grand at 1215 J Street Sacramento, CA The Iranian Trade Association is proud to present another engaging event as part of our California Campaign and educational trade conference series: "The US-Iranian Trade & Dialogue Among Civilizations Dinner" on May 31, 2001 from 5-9 PM at The Grand at 1215 J Street Sacramento, California >>> DETAILS

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* Connecting Iranian schools to the Internet

Since March 1999 the Science and Arts Foundation has been successful in establishing computer labs with Internet connectivity at many model state schools in deprived areas of Iran. At present, 47 schools and educational centers in the greater Tehran metropolitan area (Shahr-e Rey, Varamin, Eslamshahr), Gaz-e Borkhar, Rasht, Roudsar, Jolfa, Qazvin, and Ghamsar have been provided with labs consisting of 5-15 computers each, almost all with full Internet connectivity >>> DETAILS

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* Community participation in Iran: Washington lecture

Community participation has been one of the key successes of the Islamic Republic of Iran's (IRI) government. In fact, Iran has a long rich tradition of community participation, a model of which can be found in the form of traditional community-based organizations (CBOs). The traditional community-based organizations of Iran with their strong roots in the community and long history of activities, can be characterized as Iran's true NGOs.

The past twenty years have provided fertile ground for the growth and development of these organizations and they have taken on an active role in administering relief and charity efforts. In fact, they provide a strong and remarkable safety net for vulnerable populations. The ideological basis for the existence of these organizations is rooted in Iranian and Islamic traditions of giving and charity work. These organizations hold great promise as potential partners in development efforts, unfortunately, their great potentials have been neglected by the State, by researchers, and by international organizations and by the new and modern NGOs.

Sussan Tahmasebi will provide a background on Iranian NGOs (both modern and traditonal) and examine innovative strategies adopted by the traditional community-based organizations, their spontaneous move toward addressing root causes of social problems, and their potentials as partners in development efforts with government and international development bodies.

Date/Time: May 9th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 
Ronald Reagan Building (13th and Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC)

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* UNICEF live auction in Seattle

Seattle, WA-- On Friday evening, May 11, 2001, the Seattle Chapter of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) will host The Art of Change, a live auction of contemporary fine art, to be held on Level 3 of the West lake Center in downtown Seattle.

The Art of Change features work in a wide range of styles and media created especially for the event by 31 Seattle-area artists.

The challenge presented to this juried group was to create art that incorporated foreign coins discarded at airports by returning travelers and donated to UNICEF >>> DETAILS

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* Persian prose in Exile, London

Here is a detailed list of speakers and topics for the lecture series on post-revolution Persian prose in exile which I am organizing at School of Oriental and African Studies in London in collaboration with "Iran Heritage Foundation" >>> DETAILS

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* Bazargan lecture, Oakland

Abdolali Bazargan, the son of former Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan, will hold a lecture this Saturday, April 21 at 8.00PM at at the Islamic Center located at 1433 Madison St. in Oakland. For further information please call (510)832-7600. Direction from South Bay take 880N, take Oak St. exit, turn right at the light and left at 14th St. God bless you all.

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* Sufism and Persian Literature classes, Berkeley

Learn about Attar and Sana'i, three hours of class per week. This semester-length seminar will deal with significant works of the most celebrated Persian classical poets. Reading and analysis of representative selections from various genres of poetry in Persian literature. A literary-historical survey of Persian poetry and Sufism from the third to the seventh century with the emphasis on Mantiq o-tayr. Instructor: Zahra Taheri, May 2 - July 18, Wednesdays 7:00 ­ 10:00, 271 Barrows Hall, University of California, Berkeley. Tuition: $150 rtanha@cmc.net (415) 898-8509

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* Express opposition to renewing U.S. sanctions

Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC) -- The opponents of change in Iran are pressuring Congress to renew the Iran Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA). At IIC, we believe this is a counterproductive policy. You can make a change. Tell your representatives in Washington, D.C. that you oppose the renewal of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act. There are three ways you can do this, and we strongly ask you to use all three channels >>> DETAILS

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* Funeral service for Mehdi Mirzadegi, Denver

There will be funeral service for the late Mehdi Mirzadegi, the brother of Shokooh Mirzadegi, in Denver on Sunday April 29 >>> DETAILS

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* Persian books on sale at UC Berkeley library

On CAL Day, The UC Berkeley Library Book Store will be having a booksale. In Addition to the run of the mill books in a variety of languages, there will be a great collection of books in Persian for sale.

These books cover a variety of subjects related to Iran, most notably: literature, history, politics and government social sciences.

The book sale will take place at: UC BerkeleyThe Library Book Store, 125 Doe Library (i.e. Main Library)

Time: 10-4 pm

Date: April 21st, 2001

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* Film: "Daughters of the Sun" in Washington DC

The Iranian-American Cultural Association of Washington DC invites you to the Washington premiere of Maryam Shahryar's "Daughters of the Sun" -- "Dokhtaran-e khorshid."

DATE & TIME: Saturday, 21 April 2001; 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Loews Cineplex Foundry 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W. Washington, D.C.

TICKETS: Tickets are available through Tickets.com or by calling (703) 218-6500, at all Olssonís Books & Records stores and select Coconuts and Record Town stores in the Washington, D.C. area

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* Sports: Iranian Taekwando team in Belgium

The Iranian Taekwondo National Team will participate to the 22nd Belgian Taekwondo championships, which will be held from April 20 to 22 in Herentals. For more information you can visit the official site: This tournament is a preparation for Iran to defend its World Cup title next month in Vietnam.

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Iranian Contemporary Art: London

Exhibition: Iranian Contemporary Art Celebrating the artistic vibrancy of Iranian art of the last 40 years, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope of developments in recent years and to see key works, many of which are presented for the first time outside Iran. It shows pieces both from before and after the revolution of 1979 and includes artists who live abroad alongside those who live and work in Iran. Iranian Contemporary Art is organised by Barbican Art in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Open April 12 on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-7.30pm, Tue and Thu 10am-6pm, Sun 12-7pm. Supported by Asia House, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Visiting Arts >>> DETAILS

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Hossein Naser lecture: London

Lecture Series on Dialogue among Civilizations Religion & Dialogue among Civilizations: Speaker: Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Date & Time: Monday 16th of April 2001 - 6:30 until 8 pm.

Address: IIS, 140, Maida Vale
London W9 1QB, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7604 5544
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7604 5545

Email: iis@islamic-studies.org
Homepage: http://www.islamic-studies.org

All Welcome (Free Admission)

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"Beyond Manzanar": Seattle

"Beyond Manzanar" Interactive 3D Virtual Reality Installation by Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand

26th Annual Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival
Seattle Center Pavilion 'A'
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
Friday, April 20 - Sunday April 22, 2001
Opening hours: Fri. and Sun. 10am - 6pm; Sat. 10am - 9pm

Tamiko Thiel will be present and will participate in talks both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm in Seattle Center Pavilion 'B'

"Using Manzanar, an internment camp site where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during WWII, together with the metaphor of the garden, an image of paradise created as a refuge from the outside world, we investigate parallels between the historical experience of Japanese Americans and the contemporary experiences of Iranian Americans as 'the face of the enemy.' (See feature in iranian.com)

Wander through a life-sized 3D interactive virtual reality environment that shifts between garden and prison in reaction to your presence."

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New art from Iran: U.S. tour

PRESS PREVIEW: Thursday, April 26, 9:30 - 11am

NEW EXHIBITION FROM IRAN TO VISIT AMERICA First Cultural Exchange of its Kind in Decades

A new exhibition, A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia: New Art from Iran, will come to the United States this spring, opening at Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., and then traveling to museums and arts centers throughout the country. The exhibition, a rich collection of approximately 85 works by 52 of Iran's fine contemporary artists, of whom approximately one-third are women, is the first major cultural exchange initiative of its kind to take place in decades >>> DETAILS

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Mossadegh and the Future of Iran: Chicago

Mossadegh and the Future of Iran: A Conference in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Mossadegh's Government will be held in Chicago on Thursday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 6th, 2001 (Conference begins on Thursday evening, May 3rd, and ends early Sunday afternoon, May 6th , 2001). Conference is open to the public.

Conference Speakers and Panelists

The following scholars, writers and commentators will present papers or speak at Mossadegh Conference in May. Please note that a few more speakers and panelists may be added to the list. For more information on the conference, please see the materials following the list >>> DETAILS

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Iranian couple gives thousands to UC Davis scholarship endowment

DAVIS, Calif. - Like Iranian families around the world, Javad and Shirin Rahimian were busy for weeks with preparations for Norouz 1380, the Iranian New Year's celebration that began March 20. The traditional Norouz gift giving got underway a little early for the Rahimians this year. In January, the Sacramento County couple donated $100,000 to UC Davis' Iranian Alumni Association Scholarship Fund >>> DETAILS

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Tehran U. engineers reunion

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tehran (Fanni) - the oldest engineering school in the country - has graduated a number of internationally renowned engineers, academicians, scientists, and researchers. On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to invite faculty, staff and graduates to participate in the First International Reunion of the Alumni and Faculty Members of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tehran at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA JULY 6-9, 2001>>> DETAILS

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Iranian films in San Jose

The Camera Cinemas are proud to present our first-ever Iranian Film Festival, featuring three of the finest examples of contemporary Persian cinema in exclusive San Jose engagements. The three-week fest at our Towne 3 Theatre will be as follows: >>> DETAILS

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Art trip to New York

Evolving Perceptions is planning its second arts expedition in New York. Artists will visit art galleries in Chelsea neighborhood, and Moma (Museum of Modern Art); other friends are free to visit New York. The bus will leave Grosvenor Metro station, in Rockville, MD at 7am on Saturday, April 28th, and will leave NY at 4pm Sunday, April 29th. >>> DETAILS

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