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July 2001

* Help: Iranian Robocup team in Atlanta
* CIRA: call for papers
* Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York
* Pari Zangeneh, Chicago
* Summer picnic, Chicago
* Iran internet lecture, Washington DC
* Iranian Arts & Cultural Event, Bay Area
* Jahanbegloo in Washington DC
* Classical Persian music, Washington DC
* Poetry reading by Majid Naficy, Bay Area
* Iranian actors needed, San Francisco
* Zoroastrians in U.S. celebrate 25 years of growth
* National Orchestra of Iran in Geneva
* Himalayan expedition
* Documentary: Iranian in U.S.
* Iranian festival, Portland
* Children's books project in Iran

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* Help: Iranian Robocup team in Atlanta

For the third year in a row, Iranian university teams will be competing against the best in the world in the annual Robocup competitions (Robots playing soccer), to be held in Seattle, Washington this year from Aug 4 - Aug. 10 (

For the past 2 years, the team from Sharif University of Technology, in the mid-size league, has been the world champion (1999) and third in the world (2000), beating teams from schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Yale, USC, and others from Italy, Germany, and Japan.

We are writing you to seek your help with our students accommodations and stay in Seattle. So far we have been able to raise funds for the teams from Sharif and Tehran universities.

However we still need help for Tehran Polytechnique/Amirkabir (4), Melli/Beheshti (2), and Helli High School (4) (the team from Zanjan will not be coming). Costs are about $2,500 per 4-person team per week (including hotel stay, food, and transportation), for a total of $6,250.

Will you please lend a helping hand?

We will provide full accounting of team expenses, down to each cent, If you may have any questions please email us, or call us at 818-393-6054 (day) or 626-683-0706 (evening).

Checks can be made out to "The Science and Arts Foundation" and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. You can also donate online on our site:

Thank you very much


Payman Arabshahi
Iman Adibi
Esmail Ghorbani
Fereydoun Taslimi

Science and Arts Foundation
PMB 201 4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30338-5505

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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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* Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York

It is a pleasure to announce that Center for Iranian Modern Arts (CIMA) was able to collect the matching requirements of the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Challenge Program for Fiscal 2001. CIMA has received the DCA's Challenge Program Award. This grant will be used towards an Iranian American Art Exhibition and Symposium in September and October

We would like to thank all our corporate and individual contributors and also CIMA volunteers whose support made this matching grant possible.

Center for Iranian Modern Arts, (CIMA) also announces its cultural alliance with the Iranian American Society of New York, (IAS). Together CIMA and IAS will organize and co-sponsor many artistic and cultural activities in future. This close affiliation will provide more opportunities for both organizations to further promote and support the cultural and artistic accomplishments of the Iranian American community.

We are also proud to welcome Mr. Parviz Tanavoli to CIMA's Advisory Panel. Mr. Tanavoli's distinguished artistic career as a renowned sculptor, art historian, and collector, will be a great asset to our professional team.

Hengameh Fouladvand
Executive Director,
CIMA, Inc.
PO Box 4513 Grand Central Station ,
NY, 10163

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* Pari Zangeneh, Chicago

A Presentation Of Iran House Of Greater Chicago
With Pari Zanganeh
Saturday,Sept 8th, 2001, 8PM
In Northshore Center for the performing Arts in Skokie
Tickets Price : $20 &$15
Box Office : (847) 673-6300
For more information & Ticket call (847) 673-0614

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* Summer picnic, Chicago

Iran House Summer Picnic In Chicago,
With a Special Programm For Young Adults
August 5th, 2001, Noon till Sunset
Harms Woods Forest Preserve, Grove# 5

For more details call (847) 673-0614 or visit our web site @

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* Iran internet lecture, Washington DC

Dear Friends,

Greetings once again. Just thought I might pass on an invitation to a breakfast briefing on Iranian Internet I will be giving next week in Washington (see below). I'll be presenting some of our research in both English and Persian, and responding to questions from the audience.

If you can't make it, I'd be happy to e-mail you the link to any programming on Radio Azadi that results from the briefing. Just send me an e-mail.

Warm Regards,

Joseph Braude
Senior Analyst, Middle East
Pyramid Research (
The Economist Building
58 Charles Street
Cambridge MA 02141
Tel: +1 617 494 1515
Fax: +1 617 494 8898


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty invites you to a briefing by Joseph Braude, senior analyst, Africa/Middle East, Pyramid Research Economist Intelligence Unit

Iran On-Line: How the Internet is Changing Iran
Wednesday, July 11, 2001
in Conference Room A (4th Floor) at
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
1201 Connecticut Ave NW
[entrance on Rhode Island Ave NW, next to St. Matthew's Cathedral]

The election of President Muhammad Khatami in 1997 gave hope to the people of Iran that they could make their country a more modern place. In one area, at least, this revolution seems on the verge of taking off -- the introduction of the Internet into Iran. Despite the closure of 450 Internet cafes just before the country's recent presidential elections, the number of Internet users there is growing at a rate of nearly 30% every six months.

As Senior Analyst, Africa/Middle East at Pyramid Research, the IT / Telecoms subsidiary of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Joseph Braude is responsible for Pyramid's coverage of Iran, the Gulf, the eastern Mediterranean littoral, and North Africa. A graduate of Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton's department of Near Eastern Studies, Mr. Braude is fluent in Arabic, Persian, and German.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 10, 2001 by email to <>, by telephone to Melody Jones at (202) 457-6949, or by fax to (202) 457-6992.

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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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* Jahanbegloo in Washington DC

There will be a small, off-the-record discussion with Ramin Jahanbegloo on July 6th at 8:30 a.m at the Washington Policy Center. Dr. Jahanbegloo will discuss what, if anything, is likely to change as a result of the recent Iranian elections which saw reformist leader Mohammed Khatami win an unprecedented percentage of the vote. We will also discuss the implications for U.S. policy.

Ramin Jahanbegloo is a political science professor at the University of Toronto, and serves on the executive committee of the U.S. based Center for Iranian Research and Analysis. His current research focuses on the process of democratization in Iran and the role of Iranian Intellectuals.

Before Dr. Jahanbegloo joined the University of Toronto in 1997, he was based in Tehran and worked as a lecturer and researcher in Political Philosophy at Farzan Research and Publishing (1995-1997), The French Institute of Iranian Studies (1994-1995), and The Iranian Academy of Philosophy (1993-1994). We hope you can join Dr. Jahanbegloo and us for this informal discussion.

Breakfast will be served.

Date: Friday, July 6th
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1030 15th Street NW,
2nd Floor Conference Room.

Since space is strictly limited, please RSVP to Steve Kreider at 202-842-1700 or by email at I look forward to seeing you then.

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* Classical Persian music, Washington DC

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Iranian-American Cultural Association present : The Classical Music of Persia -- Concert and Reception
Time: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 7:00 PM
Place: The Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 >>> DETAILS

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* Poetry reading by Majid Naficy, Bay Area

Majid Naficy will read from his recent works, "Father and Son" , "The Best of Nima" and "I Write to Bring You Back". Majid Naficy has published several volumes of poetry as well as literary criticism, children's fiction, and political essays both in Persian and English. Lecture in Persian.

Date: Friday July 13, 2001
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Albany Senior Center
846 Masonic Ave.
Albany CA 94706

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* Iranian actors needed, San Francisco

Golden Thread Productions in San Francisxo is currently casting ReOrient 2001, A Festival of Short Plays. We are looking for Iranian and Arab men & women 20-60. Experience preferred. We also need one girl and boy 8-12 years old.

Festival dates are Sept. 27 to Oct 14, 2001, in San Francisco. Rehearsals are scheduled for late August and September. Audition Dates: July 23 & 24, 6:30-9:00pm. At 449 Powell St. Studios, SF. If interested, please contact 510.986.9194.

Here's the info on the festival:

Golden Thread Productions Presents its Third Annual Festival of Short Plays Written by playwrights from, or on themes about the Middle East. ReOrient 2001 Love & Happiness was never so complicated... September 27th through October 14th, 2001 Thursday - Sunday, 8:00 pm, Yugen/ Noh Space 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco

General Admission $15 Special $30 ticket admits you to all three series Info/ reservations: 510.986.9194

Presented in three series: Series One: Sept 27 - 30 Stoning by Ghazi Rabihavi Expatriates by Myles Weber Series Two: Oct 4 - 7 A

Marriage Proposal adapted by Yussef El Guindi Three Stops by Yussef El Guindi Series Three: Oct 11 - 14 ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian Ukimwi by Tom Coash

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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* Zoroastrians in U.S. celebrate 25 years of growth


Contact: Tamina Davar

Pomona, NY, June 17, 2001 ­ A landmark ceremony bringing together an unprecedented ten priests began a day-long celebration for over 300 members of New York's Zoroastrian religious community. Braving torrential rainstorms, they came from throughout the tri-state area to say farewell to their 25-year old center in New Rochelle, New York ­ North America's first Zoroastrian religious center ­ and to inaugurate a new, bigger facility in Pomona, New York. Zoroastrians are said to be a dwindling religious community; however, this flourishing and growing community had long ago outgrown its crowded New Rochelle center. The new facility, formerly a Jewish Center, will finally meet their needs.

"We're moving from our first house to our new house," declared Shirin Kiamanesh, president of the Iranian Zoroastrian Association, to thunderous applause. Sunday's two-part event, celebrating over 25 years of community-building, was emotional for New York's Zoroastrians ­ both those of Iranian origin, as well as those of Indian/Pakistani (Parsi) origin. The day began in New Rochelle with a "jashan" ceremony marking farewell to the center; a group pilgrimage ­ 30 minutes by car ­ to the newly-purchased center in Pomona; and a group prayer event at the new center. At both centers, community elders spoke emotionally about pioneering and witnessing this bi-cultural community's extraordinary growth over the past 30 years ­ despite outside prejudice, predictions of extinction, and limited resources. The event was accompanied by poems in Farsi and prayers by children's religious classes >>> DETAILS

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* National Orchestra of Iran in Geneva

The National Orchestra of Iran comes to play with the Chamber orchestra of Geneva on Monday July 2 in Victoria Hall in Geneva with 20h00.

The concert will be divided into two parts: a first in which the Iranian Orchestra only plays of Iranian works, then the orchestra of Geneva also plays something only, then both orchestra seronat gathered to play of the Iranian and traditional parts (Beethoven and Ravel). Email for contact:


L'Orchestre National d'Iran vient jouer avec L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève le lundi 2 juillet au Victoria Hall à Genève à 20h00.

Le concert sera divisé en deux parties: une première dans laquelle l'Orchestre iranien joue des oeuvres iraniennes seul, puis l'orchestre de Genève joue également quelque chose seul, puis les deux orchestre seronat regroupés pour jouer des pièces iraniennes et classiques (Beethoven et Ravel). Contact:

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* Interest in "Maryam" in Toronto

Around a year ago, the Iranian film "Maryam", directed by Ramin Serry, was produced in the U.S. The movie fascinated the Iranian audience as well as the general public and received excellent comments by movie critics like Roger Ebert, who called it "an extraordinary film." (See interview in

"Maryam" has now been sent to the Toronto International Film Festival to be reviewed for screening at the forthcoming festival in September. Since festival organizers take into consideration the degree of the interest the public shows in the film, a group of Iranian community members in Toronto has prepared a petition like letter to the Toronto International Film Festival, to indicate their interest in seeing Maryam and make sure the organizers screen the film.

Those interested to support the movie by adding their names please email full name and phone number to, during the week ending June 29, or if you like you may ask for a copy of the letter to be emailed to you.

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* Himalayan expedition

Hello Everyone,

I am organizing a trek-expedition to the Himalaya section in Pakistan that will take us as far as K2 Base Camp with views of K2 (8616 m), Broad Peak (8048 m), Gasherbrum 1 to 6 and the entire upper Baltro Massif in the Himalayas...

This trek will require a good level of physical fitness and preparation to reach above 17,000' elevation. This trip is organized to depart USA about July 25-26 and return to the US about August 19-21.

The cost of the trip -- excluding the airfare to Pakistan -- will be about $1800-$2200 depending on the number of people in the team. There are only 8 spaces available at this point. If you are interested to join and have any questions, please drop me a note for more details...


Saeed Toosi
First Iranian to climb Mount Everest! See here

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* Documentary: Iranian in U.S.

We are in the middle of producing a one-hour documentary about the Iranian community in the United States. We're looking for families with interesting life stories. Ideally, we would like an entire family, (father, mother, two or three children in different age groups and genders) who have the following characteristics:

* left Iran after the revolution

* had a hard time getting out

* found adjusting to their new homeland both attractive and challenging

* the parents feel their children are becoming quite American

* are currently living in Los Angeles or New York

* are Bahai, Muslim, Zoroastrian, or Armenian

* are interesting and compelling people

The chosen families would talk with us on camera in their homes for a couple of hours and we would also shoot them in larger social settings.

This is potentially a documentary for PBS, National Broadcast. It's a great opportunity for our community to create dialogue amongst ourselves while becoming visible to a larger American audience.

You can email if you know anyone or are interested in participating. Please feel free to pass this email to other Iranians.

Have a wonderful day!

Tanaz Eshaghian and Sara Nodjoumi

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* Iranian festival, Portland

Andisheh Center in Portland, Oregon proudly presents: Iranian Festival 2001

(Click here for information, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities on Festival 2001)

August 4th, 2001. Park Blocks at Portland State University. This event is sponsored by the Portland Sate University -- Middle East Studies Center.

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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!

maa az tamaame tarafdaaraane farhang va hameye iraanihaa be yek "support" beinolmellali niaaz daarim!! az alaaghe mandaan khaahesh mikonam javaabe khodetun ro be email: va yaa baraaye ettelaate bishtar be email man ke hast khabar dahid.

motshakeram az sabretun ke in message raa taa aakhar khaandid...

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