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August 2001

* Help Iran flood victims
* Message of peace
* Events in Chicago
* Blood drive for Papa's owner
* Iranian lecture at torture exhibit, San Francisco
* Film fest in Columbus, Ohio
* Alchemy: New York art show
* Iranian Arts & Cultural Event, Bay Area
* Iranian Community Action Network, Washington DC
* JOB: Middle Eastern Studies, Emory University
* Iranian film fest, New York
* Majid Tehranian lecture, Sunnyvale
* New art from Iran, New York
* Iranian Studies, call for papers
* Empowering the youth in Iran
* American Iranian Council job annoucement
* Council on Foreign Relations, internship
* Kayhan Kalhor performance, Birmingham
* Actors, stage managers, San Francisco
* Iranian documentary film, "Home"
* Certificate Program in Immunodermatology
* Mohsen Solasi lecture, Berkeley
* Picnic of the month, New York
* CIRA: call for papers
* Children's books project in Iran

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* Help Iran flood victims

"As you may be aware of, our citizens in the north of Iran are facing a disaster in flood. You donations could save lives although you may think it small. A special homepage has been set up for you to collect donations:"

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* Message of peace

I would very much appreciate it if you would include Amir Ahmadi & Hassan Alizadeh in your sight. They are the two bicyclists that left Iran last August 2000 on their bicycles with the message of peace and friendship of Iranian people to all the people of the world .

They are now in Orange County, California, and will be in San Diego this Sunday (August 19, 2001) at Khaneh Iran. They will be leaving for Las Vegas, New Mexico, Chicago, New York down to Texas and into Mexico to continue with their Journey around the world. An internet sight is being prepared for them: and their account is held in their name Amir Ahmadi & Hassan Alizadeh : California Federal Bank, Account Number 2884206851.

They need real people who can relate to their message through out their journey around the world. More and More Iranian sights giving them the exposure, more support they will have which they really need. I am proud to have supported them in Orange County and their present brought good businesses of Orange County together in a collective effort. Something that they will need all through their journey.

They should be leaving southern California for Las Vegas sometime in the middle of next week. (around August 22, 2001). People need to know about them and their message. If any one is interested they can contact me at (949) 360-9000 and I will share more information with them regarding how we can further help them through out their journey.

Thank you so much.

Kameran Fallah

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* Events in Chicago

For a detailed listing of Iranian-related events in Chicago in September, October and November 2001 click >>> HERE

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* Blood drive for Papa's owner

On Tuesday, August 14th there will be a blood drive held at Islamic Cultural Center of the Northern California for our friend Majid. Majid Shakeri and his family own the Papa's Restaurant in Berkeley.

He has cancer and he is loosing this battle fast! His life depends on this blood test and without it we may loose him in a matter of weeks.

Please try to show up and do a quick blood test if you can. He is in need of bone marrow transplantation and by testing your blood, it will show if you can be a potential donor.

Thank you,

Nazanin Hamidi

Please pass this email to everyone else you know. The address and the phone number are as follows:

Islamic Cultural Center of the Northern California
1433 Madison Street
Oakland, Ca
Tel: 510.832.7600

The center will be accepting volunteers for blood test from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.

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* Alchemy: New York art show

135 W.29 St. 10th fl. NY, NY 10001

Contact: Miyako Yoshinaga,
Shaheen Rashid
Tel:(212) 263-7132
Fax:(212) 268-7147


September 7-29, 2001

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4-6pm

Supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Challenge Program

Alchemy is a four-person exhibition featuring Seyed Alavi, Aylene Fallah, Taraneh Hemami and Haleh Niazmand. This exhibit presents works of four Iranian-American artists whose exploration into their immediate environment is inspired by their multicultural sensibilities. The result is a powerful cultural and aesthetic alchemy. >>> DETAILS

Alchemy opens on Friday, September 7th, and continues through Saturday September 29, 2001.

Listing Information Exhibition: Alchemy

Organized by: Center for Iranian Modern Arts, CIMA

Dates: September 7-29, 2001

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15 4-6pm

Gallery: M.Y. ART PROSPECTS, 135 W.29 St. 10th fl. (between 6th & 7th) NY, NY 10001

Subway: 28th St.(1, 9, N, R) 34th St.(B, D, F, Q, N, R)

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and by appointment

M.Y. ART PROSPECTS has a mission to promote emerging and mid-career visual artists through the presentation of quality exhibitions, thus bringing them into a public dialogue. Alchemy is curated and organized by Center for Iranian Modern Arts, CIMA a non-profit art organization based in New York City whose mission is to promote Iranian American artists.


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* Film fest in Columbus, Ohio


A new generation of Iranian directors has emerged over the past decade. Some of these filmmakers are already internationally acclaimed (like Majid Majidi whose Children of Heaven was the first Iranian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award and Jafar Panahi, who won the Golden Lion for The Circle at the 2000 Venice Film Festival), while others are still largely unknown even in Iran.

Collectively, they're the generation that will succeed the masters who established Iran's global reputation as one of the great reservoirs of filmmaking talent -- Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Dariush Mehrjui. We hope to host visits by one or two of the filmmakers represented in this series. Please visit our web page at for updated information.

This series has been curated by film professor Jamsheet Akrami, whose own documentaries, Dreams Betrayed and Friendly Persuasion, are widely-screened chronicles of the development of Iranian cinema before and after the 1979 revolution. Presented with the cooperation of the Iranian Cultural Association, Columbus.

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* Iranian Community Action Network, Washington DC

Dear Friends,

Hello! I hope everyone is having a cool and restful summer. I'm writing to invite you all to come back after our "summer break" and get active again in supporting Iranians!

The Iranian Community Action Network's (ICAN) steering committee in Waashington DC (Reza, Majid, Ramin, Saba, Ali, and Newsha) have been doing some strategic planning over the past few weeks in order to focus ICAN's activities and create a vision the organization.

We are proud to say that we have produced something great! Please join us on August 19 at 4pm at Le Madeleine's Bakery in Georgetown to discuss our new plan which includes an interactive website, a handbook for newcomers, committees, and regular meetings.

We have done our best to create a mission statement which responds to the needs of our community and incorporates ICAN members' interests and capabilities. Please try and make it so you can sign up for a committee and get involved in our core activities.

WE WANT TO SEE YOU!!! Please join us on **AUG 19 at 4:00 pm ** at La Madeleine French Bakery, 3000 M Street in Georgetown, DOWNSTAIRS.

See you there!!!!!

Please email if you have any questions.

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* Iranian lecture at torture exhibit, San Francisco

This is just a reminder about Shokufeh's talk this coming Wednesday (August 15 at 7:30PM) in San Francisco as part of "European Instruments of Torture and Capital Punishment from the Middle Ages to the present", exhibition. Shokufeh was one of the speakers in IWSF, Paris conference few years ago.

Shokufeh is one of those rare people with a strong will power to stand for her belief's and instead of breaking under torture, becoming even stronger. In the time she was in political prison in Iran, she spent more than 6 months in "Taaboot" (coffin), one of the most inhumane torture Instruments of IRI, where it is a matter of days to loose your mind sitting in it day and night.

When everyone was in tears in the conference in Paris listening to Shokufeh, she was making the point how her experience in prison unveiled her strong desire to live in a free world and continue her struggle to make a difference. And, she sure has!

Don't miss it!


The Presidio JULY 7 - OCTOBER 14, 2001

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* JOB: Middle Eastern Studies, Emory University

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Emory University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Middle Eastern Studies at the rank of assistant professor to begin in August, 2002. Successful candidates will have broad interests and training in the history, cultures and/or literatures of the Middle East, native or near-native proficiency in one or more Middle Eastern languages, and proven success in teaching undergraduates.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to departmental core course offerings focusing on the general history and culture of ancient-present day Middle East, specialty courses at the advanced level, as well as participate in the department's language program. Ph.D. required. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, an example of published work or work in progress, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent separately to:

Oded Borowski, Chair, MES Search Committee,
MES Department,
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322.

Preliminary interviews will be held with selected candidates at the MESA 2001 conference, 17-20 November, Hyatt Regency, San Francisco.

Application deadline Nov. 1, 2001.

Emory University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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* Majid Tehranian lecture, Sunnyvale

Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP) will be hosting Dr. Majid Tehranian, director of Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and professor of University of Hawaii, holder of many international positions, author of 10 books and editor of many prestigious journals who will be talking on:

POWER AND PURITY: ( NIROO VA RASTI) Iranian Political Culture, Communication, and Identity MAS'ALEH HOVIYYAT FARHANGI IRAN

Friday August 3rd at FAZ Restaurant in Sunnyvale, starting with delicious Persian Buffet at 6:30 followed by a very promising evening and lecture. FAZ restaurant located in Sunnyvale, Sheraton Hotel Banquet Room, at 1108 Matilda at 7:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM >>> DETAILS

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* Iranian Studies, call for papers

Announcement/Call for Papers

Fourth Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies

Organized by Society for Iranian Studies (SIS)

Date: May 24-26, 2002 Place: Bethesda, Maryland

The Program Committee welcomes contributions in all fields of Iranians studies, especially new areas of investigation and/or novel approaches to traditional fields. Up-to-date information will be available on the SIS web site:, in the SIS Newsletter, at the 2001 annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), which will be held in San Francisco, California, and in the MESA Newsletter.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is September 1, 2001. The abstract must be limited to 250-300 words, and must present a succinct outline of the central theme and main argument of the paper. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to: Confirmation will be sent by e-mail. Please also send a paper copy of abstract to:

Professor M. R. Ghanoonparvar Program Committee Chair Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures West Mall Building 5.120 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 78712, USA Phones: Work (512) 471-1365 Home (512) 251-8578 Fax (512) 990-1831

The conference will be held at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency. Arrangements have been made for reduced rates. To make hotel reservations, contact Hyatt Regency Hotel directly at 1-800-233-1234 or the conference site at the following address:

Bethesda Hyatt Regency One Bethesda Metro Center Bethesda, MD 20814, USA Phone (301) 657-1234 Fax (301) 657-6478

Abstract for Paper Please type. Do not include your name in the abstract section. Title of Paper (keep short):

Primary discipline or subject matter?

The abstract must be a clear and succinct outline of the central theme or subject matter of your paper. Please limit to 250-300 words.

Individual Data

The nature of your participation:
( ) Paper presentation ( ) Panel ( ) Chair ( ) Discussant

Badge and Mailing Data

Name (as it should appear on badge):

Address (City, State, Zip, Country):


Institutional Affiliation (to appear on badge)

Please include your pre-registration payment with the paper copy of the abstract and Individual Data Form. All panel participants are required to pay SIS membership fees for 2002. Pre-registration: Member $45, Family $60, Student $25 On site registration: Member $60, Family $75, Student $30

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* Certificate Program in Immunodermatology

The Immunodermatology Unit of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia accepts a limited number of qualified applicants per academic year into the Jefferson Center for Training in Immunodermatology.

The Certificate Program in Immunodermatology and Cutaneous Biology is a twelve-month customized curriculum consisting of clinical and/or research oriented preceptorships open to all foreign medical school graduates who wish to specialize further in immunodermatology.

Short-term internships are available and can be tailored to the interests of the participant. This program provides fellows with direct, hands-on experience in clinical and laboratory immunodermatology. Fellows will have the opportunity to to be involved in state-of-the-art research technology used in the immunodermatology.

For further information, please contact:

Reza F. Ghohestani, M.D., Ph.D.
Director Immunodermatology Unit
Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology
Jefferson Medical College
233 South 10th Street,
Suite 450 BLSB Philadelphia, PA 19107
E-fax: 954-337-6336

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* New art from Iran, New York

Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, New York

By subway: 7 to Main Street (the end of the line)
By bus: Q12, Q17, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q34, Q44

The program is part of the A Breeze from the Gardens of Persia: New Art from Iran, which Queens Library will present from Sept 14 to Nov. 7/2001 at the Central Library in Jamaica, NY.

The program will start at 1:00 p.m. with an Iranian author talk and then at 3:00 p.m. we'll be presenting Traditional Iranian Music with Dastgah Nava, which came directly from New Jersey.

Loida Garcia-Febo
Spanish Collections
Cultural Arts Manager
Queens Borough Public Library
New Americans Program
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel. 718-990-0891
Fax. 718-291-8936

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* Iranian film fest, New York

September 14-16, 2001
The Making of Iranian Cinema: Two Decades and a Century

After two decades of global celebration, for the first time a conference of international film critics and scholars will examine the phenomenal acclaim of Iranian cinema. An unprecedented scholarly gathering will examine the cultural history and significance of Iranian cinema.

Sponsored by Columbia University and the Film Society at Lincoln Center, "The Making of Iranian Cinema: Two Decades and a Century" is the first comprehensive attempt to understand the most significant contemporary national cinema: How can Iranian cinema be read within certain social and historical settings? What are the central points of its attraction to a global audience? What roles have women played, both as producers and subjects of Iranian cinema?

To expore these and other questions, this conference brings together a diverse grouping of international scholars and critics who have contributed to the study of Iranian cinema.

The conference panels will be free and open to the public and will coincide with a number of parallel events such as film screenings, art exhibits and book signings. Free tickets for the panels will be available at the Walter Reade box office shortly before the conference dates.

For up-to-date information, please check our site on: or the Film Society at Lincoln Center:

Friday September 14th:

5:00 pm and 7:00 pm:
Film screenings and opening reception
Still Life, dir. Sohrab Shahid-Saless (1974)
The Unfinished Song, dir. Maziar Miri (2001) along with book launching/book signing reception for Hamid Dabashi1s "Close Up - Iranian Cinema: Past, Present and Future" (Verso Books, 2001)

Saturday, September 15th, 2001

10am -12pm:
Iranian Cinema in the Context of Modern Iranian Culture
Chair: Hamid Dabashi, (Professor of Iranian Studies, Columbia University, USA)
Panelists: Houshang Golmakani, (Editor, Film International, Iran); Negar Mottahedeh, (Professor of Literature at the University of West Florida, USA); Michael Hillmann, (Professor of Persian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, USA); Ahmad Talebi Nezhad, (Film Critic, Iran).

2-4 pm:
Continuity and Change in Contemporary Iranian Cinema
Chair: Jamshid Akrami (Professor of Communications, William Patterson University, USA).
Panelists: Hamid Naficy, (Professor of Media and Communications, Rice University, USA); Godfrey Cheshire, (Independent Film Critic, New York, USA; Mehmet Basutcu, (Film Critic, Radikal Daily, Turkey)

Sunday, September 16th, 2001

1:30-3:30 pm:
Women in Iranian Cinema
Chair: Alissa Simon, (Independent Film Programmer and Critic, USA)
Panelists: Azar Nafisi, (School for Advanced International Studies, USA); Irene Bignardi, (Director, Locarno Film Festival, Italy); Jonathan Rosenbaum (Film Critic, The Chicago Reader, USA)

4:00-6:00 pm:
Iranian Cinema and Its Spectators
Chair: Richard Peña, (Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and Director of the New York Film Society, USA)
Panelists: Jahanbakhsh Nouraei, (Independent Film Critic, Iran); Gilberto Perez, (Professor of Film Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, USA); Michel Ciment, (Author and Film Critic, France); Ferid Boughedir, (Film Critic/Filmmaker, Tunisia).

The conference will coincide with a number of film screenings of Iranian films, both new and old. A full listing of these films will be available as the date of the conference arrives. The conference is made possible by generous support from the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation

For more information, please email Kamran Rastegar at or check the Film Society at Lincoln Center listings.

** All times and listings are presently subject to change - please take note of later announcements in case any of this information is updated. **

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* Empowering the youth in Iran

This is the reminder for our next summer event. This is an APSIH-IGSA joint event and please note that we need you to RSVP for the talk so that we know how many pizzas to order. For RSVP info please contact Payman Arabshahi

What: Talk by Dr. Yahya Tabesh about Empowering the Youth in Iran Through Information and Communication Technologies

Where: SLH 102, USC Campus

When: This coming Thursday August 2nd 2001 - 12 to 1 PM

What else?: FREE PIZZA!(Please do not forget to RSVP!!)

Abstract: We will give an overview of the state of the Internet in Iran, with particular emphasis on connectivity of universities and schools nationwide. A number of completed and ongoing projects will be discussed, along with other efforts underway for spread of information technology in Iran such as electronic commerce, and software development. A short video clip of the activities of the Science and Arts Foundation in Iran will also be shown.

Bio: Dr. Yahya Tabesh is the director of the Computing Center at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, and serves on the faculty of the Mathematical Sciences Department there. He is also a member of the High Council of Informatics, the top-level information technology policymaking body of Iran. As executive director of the Science and Arts Foundation in Iran, he is engaged in numerous projects in equipping Iranian schools with modern computer facilities and Internet access. In past years he has also led the Iranian mathematics olympiad teams to international recognition and championship.

Hope to see you there,


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* Council on Foreign Relations, internship

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10021
FAX: (212)734-1493


Department: Studies- U.S./ Middle East Project
Length of Internship: Fall Semester (beginning September 2001) or Academic Year 2001-02

The Council on Foreign Relations is one of the leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the understanding of international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Its 3,800 members include nearly all past and present Presidents, Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury, other senior U.S. government officials, renowned scholars, and major leaders of business, media, human rights, and other non-governmental groups. Each year the Council sponsors several hundred meetings including televised debates and other media events, and publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal in the field, as well as dozens of other reports and books by noted experts. The Council has an internship available in the Studies Department. The intern will report to the Senior Fellow of the U.S./ Middle East Project and will help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed. The main responsibilities of the intern will include: * Assisting with the preparation of written materials, including word-processing and proofreading. * Assisting with the publication, distribution and promotion of a major study on trade in the Middle East. * Assisting with coordination of events including arranging mailings, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support. * Providing administrative support, including assisting with correspondence and phone calls. * Research on Middle East political and economic issues, particularly Israeli-Palestinian relations. * Attending general Council meetings and other programs on foreign policy issues, as time permits. Qualifications * Educational concentration in International Relations or a related field * An understanding of Middle East issues is suggested, but not required * Related administrative experience * Strong organizational and communication skills * Excellent attention to detail and proofreading ability * Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and database skills A transportation stipend will be offered. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address or FAX number. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer. Quality, diversity and balance are the key objectives sought by the Council on Foreign Relations in the composition of its workforce.

Posted: August 2001

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* Kayhan Kalhor performance, Birmingham

Ghazal Persian & Indian Improvisations

September 22, 2001 - 8:00 p.m.
Alys Stephens Center
Birmingham Music Club
Birmingham, Alabama

Ghazal unites sitarist-vocalist Shujaat Hussain Khan, perhaps the greatest North Indian classical musician of his generation, with kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor, one of the most creative and remarkable musicians playing traditional Persian music, and inventive tabla player Sandip Das. Combining the musical traditions of India and Persia, their collaboration has been deemed "one of the most vital in world music."

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* Picnic of the month, New York

Please be remind that the regular (pot-luck) picnic of the month will be held as usual, on the first Day of the month, at Bear Mountain State Park (New York) in the usual location on Sunday 5th at noon.

Whoever who may get there the earliest should secure a few picnic table underneath the roof area to the right of the Lodge if raining, or a few tables/space overlooking the lake.

My cell phone is 914 980 6328. Please publicize the event.

See ya,

Davood Rahni

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* American Iranian Council job annoucement

The American Iranian Council, a catalyst for dialogue, understanding and cooperation

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Director of Communications

July 27, 2001

Position and Qualifications: The American-Iranian Council (AIC) seeks a Director of Communications. Duties include all media relations (especially with Farsi-speaking media in Iran), such as developing annual media plans and strategies, writing press releases (in Farsi and English), articles, editorials, letters to the editor, making pitch calls to media, arranging -interviews for senior staff, responding to media requests and organizing news conferences.

The Director is also responsible for all in-house communications management and special projects, including a periodic newsletter. Excellent writing and communications skills in Farsi and English are required, as is extensive experience in working with computers. Salary is competitive and negotiable based on education and experience.

AIC is an affirmative action employer. About AIC: AIC was founded in 1997 as a 501(C) 3, non-profit and tax-exempt, educational organization. A Board of Directors, who receive counsel from an Advisory Council, manages AIC's affairs. The mission of AIC is to provide for a sustained dialogue and a more comprehensive understanding of US-Iran relations.

AIC has no government affiliation and receives no government funding. AIC's offices are situated in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information about AIC, please visit our website at Contact Information: Please email or fax your resume, cover letter, names/phone numbers of two references, and salary requirements to the attention of:

Hooshang Amirahmadi
Fax: (609) 279-9889

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* Mohsen Solasi lecture, Berkeley

"Center for Dialogue" presents: "Cultural and Historical Roots of Globalistic Attitudes Among Iranian Peoples", a talk by Mohsen Solasi, faculty member, Department of Anthropology, University of Tehran.

Mohsen Solasi is the author of "A Brief Survey of Primitive Individual and Society" and "Iranian World and the Globalistic Iran". He has also translated "The Origins of Totalitarianism" by Hanna Arendt, "Political Order in Changing Society" by Sameul Huntington, "the Consequence of Modernity" by Anthony Giddens, among others.

Date: Friday August 3, 2001 Time: 7:30 PM Place: 2040 Valley Life Science Building, University of California, Berkeley Lecture in Persian

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* Actors, stage managers, San Francisco

Golden Thread Productions is currently casting for ReOrient 2001, An Annual Festival of Short Plays Presented in three series:

Series One: Sept 27 - 30

-- Stoning by Ghazi Rabihavi directed by Hal Gelb
A nurse providing shelter to a patient during the Iran-Iraq war.

-- Was it adultery?
Ukimwi by Tom Coash, directed by Arlene Denise Hood. The encounter of an American expatriate and a Nigerian working girl at a bar in Cairo.

Series Two: Oct 4 - 7

-- A Marriage Proposal adapted by Yussef El Guindi directed by Ana Bayat
Chekhov's classic naturally lends itself to an Arab-American setting.

-- Three Stops by Yussef El Guindi directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
A bus ride on New Year's eve? the possibilities are unlimited.

Series Three: Oct 11 - 14

ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian directed by Zara Houshmand
Two generations of forbidden love, what will the future bring?

-- Expatriates by Myles Weber directed by Armen Dilanchian
Office politics, secret affairs, and the search for the forbidden bacon-cheese burger!

We are looking for:

1 young Nigerian woman (UKIMWI)
2-3 women, 40-50's (multiple plays)
2-3 women, 20-30's (multiple plays)
1 girl, 8-12 (Stoning)
1 boy, 8-12 (Stoning)
1 man, 60's (ABAGA)
2-3 men, 40's (multiple plays)
2-3 men, 20-30's (multiple plays)
1 North African man, 20-40 (Expatriates)
3 stage managers

If interested, please contact 510.986.9194 before Aug 4, 2001 We're auditioning for a festival ensemble. Multiple parts in multiple short plays.

BAPP, Stipend. Rehearsals: late August & September in Berkeley & San Francisco

Performances: September 27th through October 14th, 2001, Thursday ? Sunday, 8:00 pm

Yugen/ Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco

Golden Thread Productions is a dynamic San Francisco Bay Area ensemble dedicated to the production of theatre works that explore the Middle Eastern culture and identity as represented throughout the globe.

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* Iranian documentary film, "Home"

This is to inform you that due to the big response to this film's announcement, it will be another few weeks before all research leads can be followed in depth and in person.

We very much appreciate your interest in our film and would ask for your patience until early autumn when full research will begin. Once again thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

With best wishes,

Taghi Amirani
Producer-Director Amirani Films

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* CIRA: call for papers

CIRA 2002
Call for Papers
Center for Iranian Research and Analysis
20th Annual Conference
April 26-28, 2002

The Center for Iranian and Research Analysis (CIRA) will hold its 20th annual meeting at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

This year's theme is Human Rights Discourse and the Prospects of Change in Iran.

We invite papers, panels, and roundtable submissions from all Iran-watcher community around the world, including observers, commentators, and experts on broad theoretical, empirical, and normative aspects of Iranian polity and society. More specifically, we invite papers from economists, historians, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, legal analysts and scholars, literary experts, demographers, journalists, and graduate students.

The topics of interest include: economcs and economic policy, politics, history, philosophy, linguistics, social issues such as the youth culture, minorities, women's studies, literature, arts, environment, human rights, and demography. Anyone whose research or policy interests relates to these fields should send a short abstract to the program chair, Dr. M. Hosein Abghari, by December 15, 2001.

Submissions received after December 15, 2001 will not be considered.

All proposals should include a working title, the author's discipline and field, address, institutional affiliation, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Individuals who would like to serve as chairs/discussants should accordingly indicate their preference to the program chair. Should your proposal be accepted, you will be notified by the mid-January 2002 about conference pre-registration, hotel reservations and rates, and other particulars.

Program Chair:
Dr. M. Hosein Abghari
Division of Economics and Business
Morehouse College
830 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30314
Phone: 404-215-2618
Fax: 404-215-2719

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* Iranian Arts & Cultural Event, Bay Area

I'm writing on behalf of Mrs Fariba Nejat of the Iranian Federated Women's Club and Payvand Cultural School to ask you if at possible, to please post the upcoming 5th Annual Iranian Arts & Cultural Event being held on Sept. 23, 2001 at Quinlan Center of Cupertino.

Please see:

It's not coming up for another few months, however we would like to announce an Essay Contest due no later than August 30th. Our goal is to send out the word, get everyone interested to work on their essays and submit them in time so that we can announce the winners at the Festival.

Here are the texts both in Farsi and English:

Thank you in advance for posting this on your wonderful website!

Best Regards,

Faranak Ravon

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* Children's books project in Iran

baa arze salaam be tamaamieh hamvatanaane aziz va bekhusus ahle farhang!

az shomaa khaahesh mandam ke in email raa har cheghadr ham boland hast taa aakhar bekhaanid: dar Iran goroohe pajuheshgaraane taarikhe adabbiaate koodakaan az saale 1376 kaare tadvine ketaabe taarikhe adabiaate koodakaan-e-iran raa aghaaz kardand!

hadaf az in ketaab peydaayeshe tavajjoh be kudak be onvaane mojudi motefaavet az bozorgsaalaan,barresize mabdae taarikhe kudakaane Iran, negareshhaaye tarbiati va amuzeshi, barresiye nokhostin ketabhaaye kudak etc. va in ketab shaamele taarikhe adabiaate kudakaan dar doraan bastaan, pas az eslaam, dar doraane mashrute va taarikhe adabiaate novine kudakaan hast.

in ketaab shaamele 6 jeld mibaashad:

-- jelde 1. ravaayate kudakiye sarzamine Iran
-- jelde 2. hezaar saal adabiaate kudakaan az vurude eslaam be Iran taa aaghaaze duraane msahrutiat
-- jelde 3. sheklgirize didgaahaaye novine tarbiati dar doraane enghelaabe mashrutiat, naghde maktab khaanei, barressiye avvalin ketaab haaye kudakaan
-- jeld 4.sheklgiriye adabiate novine iran be daste pishghaamaani mesle Baghchehban, Abbas Yamini etc.
-- jelde 5. va 6. paa gereftane avvalin nahaadhaaye adabiaate kudakaan va gostareshe kami va keifiye ketaabhaaye kudakaan dar saalhaaye 1340 taa aastaaneye enghelaab raa barressi mikonad. in ketaab avvalin harekate farhangi dar jahate taarikhe addabiaate kudakaan va nojavaanaan dar sathe khaavare miaane be shomaar miravad!

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