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August 2-6, 1999 / Mordad 11-15, 1378

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* Literature: Persian educational seminar, Berkeley


* Soccer: Meet Khakpour in DC
* Politics: Gathering of Iranian activists, Florida
Music: Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina

* Protests: Human rights vigil, New York
Lobbying: Iranians in America
Money: Investment outlook
Petition: Permit testing of Iranian students
Art: Mahmoud Hamadani drawings in New York

* Theater: Six plays in the Bay
* Last call: The Literariness of Persian Texts
* Life: Urgent need for bone marrow
* Lectureship: Teach Persian at Manchester U.
Art: Shirin Neshat in Chicago

* Music: Kamkars in Portland
* Fellowship: Researchers from Iran
* Documentary: Shamlou
* Conference: Iran and the Second World War
* Conference: Iranian studies, Maryland
* Conference: Iranian academic conference, New York

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* Persian literature educational seminar, Berkeley

Zahra Taheri will instruct three hours of classes per week (in Persian), including reading and analysis of literary texts of various genres, such as sufi treatises, ethical texts, and essays. Through representative selections from medieval literary, historical, and mystical texts, we will discuss the grammatical and stylistic rules in different periods of classical Persian literature. Date: Sep. 8 - Dec. 15. Time: Wed. 7:00-10:00 p.m. Place: Room 252, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley. For registration and more information please call: (408) 377-7789, or ... GO TO

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* Meet Khakpour in DC

Come join us in the Iranian Section and support Iranian National Team defender Mohammad Khakpour at RFK Stadium when his team New York's MetroStars plays against DC United (Sept 18, 7:30 pm). Wear Iranian Colors D.C. Meet Khakpour after the Game!... DETAILS HERE

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* Gathering of Iranian activists, Florida

Palm Beach Airport Hilton, West Palm Beach, Florida, September 10-12, 1999. Information about Iranian Activists Gathering: The annual Gathering is a forum for creative interaction, exchange of ideas and networking between Iranians who are active in cultural, social, political and human rights affairs related to Iran. Last year's Gathering was successfully held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ... DETAILS HERE

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* Shahram Nazeri, North Carolina

In celebration of Rumi, Shahram Nazeri & the Dastan Ensemble will perform on Saturday September 25 at the Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Amir Rezvani, 919.967.3718

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* Human rights vigil, New York

Fourth week of vigil in New York: The Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) is calling on all concerned groups and individuals to participate in a weekly vigil in support of the fundamental human rights of the Iranian people. Human Rights violations in Iran have intensified following the peaceful demonstration of students demanding freedom of press among other things ... DETAILS HERE

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* Iranian lobbying in America

This Radio Free Europe (Persian service) program is about the 2nd generation of the Iranian Americans who do not wish to join political groups any more but instead tend to form non-political organizations in order to become a powerful lobby in the U.S. and other countries. Listen to the 2nd half of the program (minutes 15 thru 27) ... HERE

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* Investment outlook

Fattaneh (Fay) Homayoun, financial consultant with Solomon Smith Barney, will be talking about investment opportunities in the new millennium at House of Iran in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday, September 26 from 6 to 7 pm.

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* Permit testing of Iranian students

(Iranians for International Cooperatio) -- Petition to the office of the President of the United States of America to permit testing of Iranian students for the purpose of admission to U.S. schools and universities" Please send this to President Clinton, the US State Department and the US Treasury Department as soon as possible. Your Action Counts!!! Please help us by performing the following two steps... GO HERE

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* Mahmoud Hamadani drawings in New York

You are invited to the opening reception for a solo exhibition of drawings by Mahmoud Hamadani on September 9, 1999, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Place: Karen McCready Gallery, 425 West 13th Street, Fifth floor, NY, NY Reception Date: 9-9-99, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Exhibition Date: September 9 -October 9, 1999 Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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* Discuss Iran in New York

Discuss the current situation in Iran and participate in activities in defense of human, women's and refugee rights in Iran. Place: New York's HUNTER COLLEGE at Thomas Hunter Building, Room 111 (Lexington Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, Manhattan). Time: Thursday August 19, 1999 AND Thursday September 2, 1999 7:00 - 9:00P.M. For more information, contact Maryam Namazie or Keyvan Javid of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees Tel: 212-747-1046. Email: Web sites:;

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* Six plays in the Bay

GOLDEN THREAD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Six Plays- en short - A collection of contemporary works ranging from parody to profound exploring love, death, revolution and other trivial pursuits, organized by Torange Yeghiazarian. AUGUST 4-28, 1999, WEDNSDAY - SATURDAY, 8pm. General Admission $15. EXIT THEATRE, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco Reservation & Information (510) 986-9194.

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* The Crisis in Iran

SPEAKERS: Darius Rejali (Professor of Political Science, Reed College), Goudarz Eghtedari (Iranian Human Rights Working Group - U.S.A). TIME: Noon-1:30 pm, Wednesday, August 25, 1999. PLACE: The Governor Hotel, SW 10th and Alder, Portland, Oregon ... DETAILS HERE

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* The Literariness of Persian Texts

23 July 1999

This is a final call for papers for 'The Literariness of Persian Texts,' a collection of essays in honor of Heshmat Moayyad, scheduled for publication in early 2000 by the world literature annnual 'Literature East & West' (perhaps in collaboration with an acadmeic publisher). Papers need to reach LE&W by early November in order for completion of the editorial and printing process by late January 2000 ... FULL TEXT

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* Urgent need for bone marrow

Our very good friend, Amir Ghazanfarian, is in dire need of your help. Amir, who graduated from Stanford University last October with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, is suffering from an acute case of Lymphoma. He needs to receive a bone marrow transplant within the next 30 days. I urge you all to please help him by doing a simple blood test. Please note that it will take about two weeks for your test results to appear in the Bone Marrow Donation Registry data base. So, please get tested ASAP ... DETAILS HERE

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* LECTURESHIP: Teach Persian at Manchester University, UK

Applications are invited for a post of Lecturer in Persian in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Manchester University (UK). The post will be held initially for five years. The successful candidate will have an excellent research record, and will have completed a PhD or be near completion. Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Dr Colin Imber, email: ... DETAILS HERE

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* MUSIC: Kamkars in Portland

Kamkars in a live concert in Portland. TIME: 8:00 PM Thursday August 26th. PLACE: Portland Center for Performing Arts, SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. Co-sponsored by Regional Arts and Culture Council of Oregon (RACC)... MUSIC SAMPLES

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* Shirin Neshat in Chicago

Mehran Azhar writes: "Rapture," which opened in early May will be on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago throigh August 1 along with several of Shirin Neshat's photographs... DETAILS HERE

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* Travel fellowship for researchers from Iran

The International Association for the Study of Persian-speaking Societies is pleased to announce the continuation of our Travel Fellowship Program by a grant from the Open Society Institute through 1999. Travel Fellowships are available for scholars and researchers from Iran to take part in academic and cultural conferences and conventions in the United States ... DETAILS HERE

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* Documentary: Shamlou

Would you like to show a documentary about poet Ahmad Shamlou ("Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty") in your community? Here's who you should contact: Dr. Bahman Maghsoudlou (producer), The International Film and Video Center, 989 First Avenue New York NY 10022, Tel: 212-826-8848, email:

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* Call for Papers: Iran and the Second World War

The Center for the History of Diplomacy Studies in the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) intends to convene a seminar on Iran and the Second World War, on September 25-26, 1999. The main topics of this scientific gathering are based on two political and cultural dimensions with the following subtitles:... DETAILS HERE

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* Iranian Academic Association conference, New York

Dear colleague:

It is a great pleasure to invite you to submit papers for the 4th IAA (Iranian Academic Association) Annual Conference. The meeting will convene at the City University of New York, New York City, on September 18-19, 1999. The theme of this scientific gathering has been chosen as: Oil, Petrochemicals, Energy and the Environment ... DETAILS HERE

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Rediscover Iran

Six-week mini-semester abroad in Iran

It is because of this desire to share these experiences with others that I have begun setting up a non-profit organization called Rediscover Iran whose goal is to create opportunities for Iranian-American youth to have direct contact with the Iranian people and their culture. This summer RI will be offering a six-week Mini-Semester Abroad in Iran where participants will engage in cultural and educational activities in addition to receiving language instruction. Some of the activities include:

- archeological dig
- living with nomads or villagers
- learning to play traditional Iranian musical instruments
- visiting industrial sites
- helping charity organizations
- travel to Isfahan and Shiraz
- etc ... MORE DETAILS