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September 2001

* Daayeh's fundraising CANCELLED
* Support and sympathy for the victims
* Bay Area cultural event CANCELLED
* Iranain-American art scholarship
* Shamlu and Golshiri symposium
* Helping microbiology student to study in U.S.
* Red Cross disaster assistance
* Iranian film fest, New York
* Amir Nader films, New York
* Events in Chicago (updated)
* Momeni Foundation scholarship awards
* Grants for Iranian artists in canada
* Karimi-Hakkak Persian literature classes, San Mateo
* Forming Iranian doctors' group in Maryland
* Shirin Neshat's New York reception
* Hafez and Modernism, Washington DC
* Persian classical music, Cincinnati
* CIRA 2002: Call for Papers
* Women's studies conference, Denver 2002
* Persian and Indian msuic, Atlanta & San Francisco
* Film on Iran elections, Seattle
* Films in Houston
* Iranian-American meeting in DC
* Play soccer in Tucson, Arizona

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* Support and sympathy for the victims

I have been asked by Congressman Darrell Issa to compile the news of all the steps that Iranian-Americans are taking in relation to condemnation of the Tuesday terrorist attacks and support and sympathy for the victims and the leaders of the nation so that they can be conveyed to the Congress and the President. This will be very positive for our image, therefore, I am asking all of you to please e-mail me deeds, donations and activities such as press releases, fund-raisings, etc. by Iranian organizations throughout the United States. My e-mail address is

Best regards,

Badi Badiozamani, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman,
City of San Diego International Affairs Board

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* Bay Area cultural event CANCELLED

After discussing the current situation with the City of Cupertino, we decided to cancel the upcoming 5th Annual Arts and Cultural Event which was to be held on September 23, 2001 >>> DETAILS

Faranak Ravon

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* Iranain-American art scholarship

On behalf of Evolving Perceptions, I am pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Iranian Artist Scholarship for 2002.

Last year, we awarded our first $1000 scholarship to Amir Fallah, a junior college student in Maryland (check out and The scholarship provided not only monetary but community support that touched Amir. We hope to be able to raise more money this year, in order to provide more emerging artists with $1000 scholarships. I hope you will join us in support >>> DETAILS

Maryam Ovissi

Founder, Evolving Perceptions


P.O. Box 70954

Chevy Chase, MD 20813

Evolving Perceptions is an volunteer art organization based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area and was founded in 1996. The organization hosts monthly gatherings, art trips and annual exhibitions.

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* Shamlu and Golshiri symposium

Adiban-e Aziz,

The NES Department at Princeton will hold a symposium on the works of Ahmad Shamlu and Houshang Golshiri on Saturday October 20, and you are all invited. This is the program of the symposium. It can also be accessed here.

Jerome W. Clinton

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* Helping microbiology student to study in U.S.

Dear my Compatriot,

I am an Iranian student of microbiology. I am finishing my B.S. within a few mounts. Please assist me if possible: I'd like to come to the U.S. to continue my education because as you know there is no good opportunity in Iran for education, specially in my field of study. Also I'm in a bad financial situation and I need to get a scholarship. Is it possible for you to assist me and show me the way and help me with my problem?

Thank you very very much in advance, and wishing you success, and looking forward to hereing from you soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Your compatriot from Tehran,

Behzad Kolijehdouz

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* Red Cross disaster assistance

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives.

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* Amir Nader films, New York

Blazing Landscapes: The Films of Amir Naderi and Iranian Cinema -- New Directors, New Directions

Sept 10 - 23, 2001
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
New York City

More Information:

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* Daayeh's fundraising CANCELLED

September 17, 2001

Dear Friends:

The tragic events of September 11th in NY city and Washington DC have touched all of us. The sadness and pain caused by these horrific events have brought about the decision to postpone Daayeh's annual fundraising scheduled on October 6. The main purpose of this fundraising was to allow us to accept 30 new children into the sponsorship program, and continue with our goals of helping MAHAK and Dezful Center for Disabled children as well as several other non governmental organizations that help the disadvantaged children in Iran.

Daayeh will refund the supporters who have already purchased a ticket. If you would like to donate the cost of the tickets, please contact us by October 6th to inform us of your wish, other wise a check will be mailed to you after that date.

We are very grateful to all businesses and individuals that have generously donated merchandise and gift certificates for the event. Daayeh will provide receipts for all these donations and will use them in the next fundraising, which will be in a near future.

Please visit our web site, to see a list of children who are still waiting to be sponsored. The success of our work is directly related to your support and generosity. Please accept our warmest appreciation and gratitude for your continued support and help. We will notify you of the new date for the event in a near future.


Daayeh Board of Directors:

Mali Evans
Parvin Pourasef
Soheila Bana

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* Events in Chicago (updated)

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

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* Momeni Foundation scholarship awards

Momeni Foundation is proud to announce the award of the following scholarships to:

-- Ms. Sarah Ramsay - $1000.00 Award: Ms. Ramsay of Portland, OR graduated from high school with a GPA of 4.0 and ranked 1 in a class of 289 . She will be pursuing a degree in Neuroscience & Behavior (Pre-Med) at Columbia University.

-- Mr. Ghodrat Rahimi - $500.00 Award: Mr. Rahimi of Tehran, Iran is a third year student at the "Azaad" University of Tehran. He is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

-- Mr. Houman Dal'lali - $500.00 Award: Mr. Dal'lali of Tehran, Iran graduated from high school with a GPA of 19.6 out of 20, and has passed the entrance exam to universities (Konkoor) with a rank of 625 out of over 1,200,000 participants. Mr. Dal'lali will be pursuing a degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at Polytechnic University of Tehran.

The achievements and accomplishments of the award recipients are a source of pride for Iranians all around the world. I am certain that in the years to come we will hear more good news about their accomplishments.

Moji (Mojtaba) Momeni
Momeni Foundation

PS. We have received over 15 applications for scholarships from Iranian students in 5 countries. The decision making process was difficult. We will be more than happy to forward other deserving applications to organizations or individuals who are willing to help.

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* Grants for Iranian artists in canada

I am trying to reach out to Iranian, non-profit organizations in Ontario that engage in arts presentation to let them know about the new grant program called: Arts Presentation Canada.

If you have a minute, and are aware of any cultural centres I could contact, please let me know - Thanks

Cindy Babyn
Arts Consultant
Department of Canadian Heritage
Ontario Region

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* Karimi-Hakkak Persian literature classes, San Mateo

In response to your numerous requests once again Anjoman-e Sokhan in San Francisco is sponsoring a series of lectures by Dr. Karimi Hakkak. Please review the following announcement and respond to me ASAP, the classes will be held in San Mateo and we have room for maximum of 40 people.

Tuition approx. $30 t0 $35 per month/per session (4 Hours each)
Dates: first date September 30, Sunday, to be confirmed.
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
Location: 1700 South El Camino Real, San Mateo

The classes will be on study of Iranian Novelists during past 100 years.

See below for a course description from Dr. Hakkak.

The classes will most likely be held in San Mateo, Please reply soon so we can solidify the times and place. I prefer your responses to be by email, but if you prefer may call me direct, the number is: (650) 345-9898

Please forward this e-mail to anyone you think might be interested.

Kind Regards,

Reza Moini

On the Seminar, from Dr. Karimi -Hakkak:

Seminar series to examine the Persian novel in the twentieth century.   It will consist first of some preliminaries, both historical and literary.   It would then concentrate on a single work in each session. All of us will read -- or read again -- the agreed-upon work and we will discuss it as a group activity.   As discussion leader, I will of course supply the necessary context as well as the terms of interpretation I have developed on each work.

Here's a tentative list of the works to read and examined:

1) Zayn-al-Abedin Maragheh-i, Safar-nameh-ye Ebrahim Bayg

2) Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh, Dar al-Majanin

3) Sadeq Hedayat, Buf-e Kur

4) Sadeq Chubak, Sang-e Sabur

5) Bahram Sadeqi, Malakut

6) Jalal Ale-Ahmad, Modir-e Madreseh

7) Simin Daneshvar, Savushun

8) Hushang Golshiri, Shazdeh Ehtejab

9) Ebrahim Golestan, Khorus

10) Moniru Ravanipur, Del-e Fulad

11) Shahrnush Parsipur, Tuba va Ma`na-ye Shab

12) Mahmud Mas`udi, Surat al-Ghorab

Needless to reiterate, the list can -- and probably will have to -- be truncated somewhat.   It is also subject to other kinds of modification, as are other details of both proposed seminar series.   My goal is to respond to the interest you mentioned exists among the community members -- especially professional Iranian-Americans with the prerequisite knowledge of Persian -- to understand the Persian novel, not just in its historical and esthetic contexts, but as texts open to interpretation.

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* Forming Iranian doctors' group in Maryland

Dear Baltimore/Maryland Iranian Medical/Surgical Residents

Residency has just started this year and alot of the new residents have just moved to the area, some with families some single. I think it would be a great idea to set a time when we can all meet and get to know some new faces in the area make friends, and also network. I know the big concern for all of us is TIME. So please email me if interested and we can discuss plans for bringing this community of Iranian physicians and wives or husbands or families of together.

My email is:


S Oskouei

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* Shirin Neshat's New York reception

You are cordially invited to attend a cocktail reception and presentation by: Shirin Neshat, internationally renowned contemporary video artist and photographer This is the first in a continuing series of by-invitation-only events designed to foster increased knowledge and awareness of Iranian culture and heritage and to celebrate the professional accomplishments of Iranians worldwide.

Saturday September 22, 2001
Plum Blossoms Gallery
555 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Cocktail reception

Welcome Encyclopedia Iranica - Professor Ehsan Yarshater
Introduction by Professor Hamid Dabashi
Presentation by Shirin Neshat
Films, Slides & Lecture

8:30pm - 11:00pm
Cocktails & Hors D'oeuvres

Individual Tickets are $60 - Tickets limited to 120 persons

Response deadline: September 4, 2001

To reserve tickets, please contact:

Ali Naraghi or

Event organized by Encyclopedia Iranica and the Iranian-American Dialogue Forum

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* Hafez and Modernism, Washington DC

The Iranian American Cultural Association invites you to:
Hafez and Modernism, a lecture by Dr. Reza Ghanadan

Sunday September 9, 2001
3:00-5:00 pm
Room 108
Intercultural Center at Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Modernists such as T.S. Eliot, Picasso, Kafka, James Joyce, Ezra Pound all used techniques developed first by Hafez 600 years before. Dr. Reza Ghanadan will talk about his current research on the comparative study of Hafez's technique in poetry and the technique used by modernists of the early 20th century. Dr. Ghanadan will use examples from both Hafez and selected modernist writings to show the similarities of technique.

Note: This lecture will be presented in English

Dr. Ghanadan received his Ph.D in English literature from Lancaster University in England. He has written and spoken extensively on Persian literature and the relation of Persian literature to world literature. Dr. Ghanadan has published his literary analyses in journals and newspapers in Iran, the U.S. and Canada. His current research will be published in "Donya-ye Sokhan" and other publications at the end of summer.

Ticket Prices: IACA Members: $7.00, Non-Members: $10.00 , Students (w/ ID) $5.00. Tickets are sold at the door

Please join us for a post-lecture gathering at Peacock Cafe on Prospect Street in Georgetown.

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* Persian classical music, Cincinnati

World Music Concert Series
College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Persian Traditional Music Ensemble

Mehdy Behdad: Ney
Ali Elmi: Tombak
Negar Elmi: Vocalist
Freidoon Ghazi: Violin
Issa Honarkhah: Tar
Nader Husseinzadeh: Piano
Siavash Mostajabi: Tombak & Daf
Azadeh Namakydoust: Tar
Pouyan Namakydoust: Flute
Ali Razavi: Vocalist

Time and Date
8:00 pm, Saturday October 13, 2001

Corbett Center for the Performing Arts, Corbett Auditorium

$10 general admission, tickets will be on sale Monday September 24, 2001 at CCM Box Office located in the CCM Atrium Lobby, or by telephone at (513) 556-4183, Box Office business hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00-6:00 pm

I-71 (from Columbus): Take William Howard Taft exit; continue on Taft one mile to Jefferson Avenue. Turn right on Jefferson, then make an immediate left at the light onto Corry Boulevard. CCM village and parking are at the base of Corry Boulevard.

I-75 (from Dayton, Louisville, Lexington and Indianapolis): Take Hopple Street exit. At the light turn left. Cross Central Parkway, go up hill (Martin Luther King Drive) past UC campus turn right to Jefferson Avenue, and then turn right on Corry Boulevard. CCM village and parking are at the base of Corry Boulevard.

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* CIRA 2002: Call for Papers

Center for Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA)
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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* Women's studies conference, 2002

The 13th Iranian Women's Studies Foundation conference will be held in Denver, Colorado. For more information, see here

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* Persian and Indian msuic, Atlanta & San Francisco

Ghazal: Persian and Indian Improvisations with Kayhan Kalhor (kemancheh) & Shujaat Husain Khan (sitar, vocals) and tabla (tba) will have upcoming concerts in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Amherst, MA and San Francisco, CA - see below for details.

Sat Sept 22
Birmingham, Alabama
Sirote Theater
(877)-68 MUSIC

Sun Sept 23
Atlanta Georgia
(770) 205-8051

Fri Sept 28
San Francisco
Herbst Theater
Van Ness at McCallister
Tickets available at or
(415) 392-4400

Sat Sept 29
Amherst, Mass
Bowker Auditorium
U Mass Amherst

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* Film on Iran elections, Seattle

Seattle, Washington

The Persian Circle will kick off its Autumn 2001 activities with a lecture and film presentation on the political situation in Iran. As usual, you are all welcome to attend this event and engage the speaker in the question-and-answer session that follows the film presentation. Details of time and place follow a brief description of the event.

Mr. Ali Shakeri an Iranian political analyst and researcher living in Southern California, took a trip to Iran to observe the recent presidential elections up-close. He has made a documentary film of his observations and has interviewed a number of important participants, observers, and analysts like himself. He is now showing his film to enthusiastic Iranian community members and university groups around the US and Canada.

His appearance at the University of Washington has been scheduled for Sunday September 9, 2001. Please mark your calendar, and forward this message to all those who you think might be interested in political developments in Iran. I hope to see you all there. Here are the specifics:

The Persian Circle at the University of Washington Presents: Democracy and Republicanism in Iran, accompanied by a film presentation: "Elections of the Year 80"

-- Time: Sunday September 9, 2001; 5-8 PM
-- Place: Room 239 Savery Hall, University of Washington
-- Admission is open to all Thanks for spreading the word.

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* Films in Houston

This is the program for my film screening at Cinema Texas, Houston. For more info on Cinema Texas please go to Needless to say, I would love it if you could attend. Email me if you have any questions.

University of Texas Competition Program I

12:30pm, Sept. 15 The Hideout
7:30pm, Sept. 17 Texas Union Theatre
11:15am, Sept. 21 The Hideout

"Gabriele at Four" directed by McKenzie Lewis
"Two Girls" directed by Juliet Dervin
"Insidious" directed by Kate Thompson
"Your Mother's a Garbagewoman!" directed by Matt McClung & Debbie Norris "Garden of Angels" directed by Elena Carr
"Occupation: Housewife" directed by Elisabeth Sikes
"13 Aban: Activism in South Tehran" directed by Banafsheh Madaninejad

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* Iranian-American meeting in DC

!!!Hello Hello!!!! I hope everyone is settling into Fall ok. It's always sad to see summer go...

Please join your ICAN friends for another important meeting on SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 at 4-6 PM, at Paul Johnson's house: 1626 P Street, NW. Washington, DC (thanks Paul and Mary!)

Our Agenda

1. Quick review of last week's meeting and ICAN's mission. Your views on "Do we need a Board of Directors?"

2. Reports on successful organizations in other ethnic communities from: Farzin, Paul, Majid, Sheherazade, Newsha, others?

3. Register for commitees: Website, Newcomer, Public Relations and Fundraising, Iran (not yet a confirmed committee)

4. Each committee meets separately to brainstorms goals and proposed activities.

See you there!

WHEN: Sunday, September 16. 4:00-6:00 PM **pls be on time** WHERE: 1626 P Street, NW, Washington, DC

Directions: Paul's home is on the corner of 17th and P Streets NW, 2 blocks from Dupont Circle. Parking on the street. From the Metro, exit from the South side of Dupont Circle (red line). Do a U-turn and turn right on P Street, proceed 2 blocks East on P street to get to 17th St. Paul's e -mail address is: and phone number is 202-483-3091.

For more info, please reply to this email

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* Play soccer in Tucson, Arizona

A group of us Iranians (of all ages) in Southern Arizona are interested in playing football --or soccer as these naive :-) Americans call it--at elementary to semi-advanced skill levels.

We gather and play each Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm to approximately 8 - 8:30 pm at the Udal Park soccer fields (Tanque Verde Road) in the Eastern section of Tucson, Arizona.

All are welcome to attend and play if they wish, including children and your non-Iranian friends or family. It is a healthy and fun activity. Southern Arizona sunsets are just spectacular --some say even romantic, but I wouldn't know about such things :-) , and the view of the mountains all around is just grand.

Our gatherings have been until recently only on Saturdays, but as we gather to play both evenings, those who are not able to make it on Saturdays can at least come on Sundays and vice versa. As you know the weather here is just fabulous all year round, even in the summer rainy season with its incredible views at sunset.

This is a spontaneous gathering of interested persons and is not organized by any group or organization. People bring their own water bottle or drink (recommended). Please let all interested persons and families know that they are welcome to attend or play on one or both of these evenings.

We have two small goals with net (looks "cool") and we also have some cool-looking jerseys so that the two teams can be distinguished. We even bring balls! When we have a lot of children we help them set up a game just for children. It is great to see men as fathers or as "practicing" ones.

Udal park soccer fields are very large so that people can play other games if they wish, or just enjoy the great outdoors. There are shaded areas and trees around too, and there are also relatively clean bathrooms.

Overall, it is a fun and healthy activity and it is also good for our community's sense of identity, especially for our children. So come join the fun. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me.


Moji Agha

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