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2nd Iranian-American conference, Washington DC


For more information, contact: Ms. Haleh Vaziri, 202-333-5955,

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 Sky".
* 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 (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.


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