2nd Iranian-American conference, Washington DC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact: Ms. Haleh Vaziri, 202-333-5955, HVaziri@aol.com.
The Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA) of the Washington,
D.C. area will sponsor its second conference entitled "Iranian-Americans:
Passages to the Public Persona" at Georgetown University, Intercultural
Center, Room 115, on Saturday, 8 April 2000, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Please collect
your tickets at 1:00 p.m.
Since migrating to the United States in the aftermath of the 1978-79
revolution, Iranians have adjusted to new cultural norms in their private
and public lives. While some practitioners and scholars have examined the
acculturation and adaptation of Iranian immigrants in their private lives,
the participation of these newcomers in American public life has received
scant attention. This dialogue -- one of the first of its kind in the country
-- will bring together experts from diverse professional backgrounds to
elucidate how Iranians in the US are making creative contributions to their
own communities and to the host society at large. Confirmed speakers include:
* Jahanshah Javid, founder of The Iranian.
* Babak Yektafar, producer on C-Span.
* Gelareh Asayesh, author "Saffron
* Farnoosh Moshiri, author of "At
the Wall of the Almighty".
* Persis Karim, editor of "A
world Between: Poems Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans".
* Zohreh Rastegar, radio and television broadcaster.
This conference will engage not only the experts but also members of
the Iranian-American community who are invited to address such questions
as: How do Iranians organize themselves as immigrants in a multi-cultural
America? What modes of public expression do Iranians use to distinguish
themselves vis-à-vis others in American society? How do Iranians
use various media to express their collective identity in the United States?
How do these immigrants reconcile "Iranian-ness" with "American-ness"
in their public lives? In short, what are the challenges and opportunities
facing Iranian-Americans as they make the passage to the public persona?
The Iranian American Cultural Association is a non-profit organization
that has disavowed political activities since its founding in 1993 and
is thus a uniquely constructive forum for raising these concerns. Join
the IACA for this fruitful and exciting dialogue and the reception to follow
by purchasing your tickets in advance:
* Students (with valid ID card), $7.00 conference, $17.00 with reception.
* Members, $15.00 conference, $25.00 with reception.
* Non-members, $20.00 conference, $30.00 with reception.
To reserve your ticket, you may: (1) Mail payment to the IACA, and send
an e-mail to Ms. Atousa Raissyan at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Mail payment to the IACA along with all the information requested under
option 1. (3) Mail payment, and leave a message on the IACA's voice mail
at 301-656-4222. As you make your reservation, please include your name,
telephone number, home address, and the number of tickets requested. Deadline
for reserving tickets: Thursday, 6 April 2000, 6:00 p.m. The IACA cannot
guarantee ticket availability at the door. Mailing address: IACA; PO Box
71171; Chevy Chase, MD 20813.