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May 17-21, 1999 / Ordibehesht 27-31, 1378

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* Obituary: Mrs. Yarshater passes away
Law: Free legal advice in Los Angeles


* TV: "The White Balloon"
* Documentary: Shamlou
Lecture: Democracy within dictatorship, Virginia
Education: New, additional scholarship
Artists: Exhibit at women's conference

* Art: Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York
Art: Aylene Fallah, Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville

* Education: Iranian Cultur, U. Washington
* Photography: National Geographic featuring Caspian
Lecture: Modernity in Iranian women's poetry, Virginia
Conference: Iran and the Second World War
Job: Iranian American Council Executive Director
Conference: Women's Liberation in Iran Today

* Conference: Tehran seminar on Caspain Sea
* Conference: Iranian studies, Maryland
Women: International conference

* Conference: Iranian academic conference, New York
* Conference: Mechanical eng. conference, Tehran

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* LAW: Free legal advice in Los Angeles

The Iranian American Lawyers' Association, an association of duly licensed attorneys will hold its second annual Law Day at the Olympic Collection in Los Angeles (11301 Olympic Blvd, corner of Sawtelle and Olympic, Tel 310-575-4585) on Sunday May 23, 1999 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Several attorneys will be available to answer legal questions free of charge to the public in the following areas: ANTI-TRUST, BANKRUPTCY, BUSINESS LAW/CORPORATE LAW, CONSTRUCTION, CRIMINAL LAW COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS, COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK, DEBT COLLECTION, DEPENDENCY PROCEEDINGS, DISCRIMINATION, EMPLOYMENT LAW, ESTATE PLANNING, FAMILY LAW, IMMIGRATION, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, LANDLORD/TENANT, LITIGATION , MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, PATENT, PERSONAL INJURY, PROBATE/TRUST/WILLS, REAL ESTATE LITIGATION, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, TRADE SECRETS, UNFAIR COMPETITION, WORKERS COMPENSATION, WRONGFUL TERMINATION For more information please contact 310-888-8773 or or

* OBITUARY: Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater (1926-1999)

Please note, this press release is a joint announcement by the Center for Iranian Studies, the Persian Heritage Foundation, and the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation. Please note, this press release is a joint announcement by the Center for Iranian Studies, the Persian Heritage Foundation, and the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation. Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 22, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel (1076 Madison 81st St.). We will miss her:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Latifeh Alvieh Yarshater on May 17, 1999, after a characteristically brave and stoic struggle against cancer. We offer our deepest condolences to Professor Yarshater and cherish her memory as a dedicated supporter of the Encyclopædia Iranica and a constant source of inspiration and friendship to all the members of the Center ... FULL TEXT

* TV: "The White Balloon"

Homayoon Beigi writes: "The White Balloon" by Jafar Panahi has been showing on the Independent Film Channel in the U.S. all of this month. The last and final shows will be on May 26th at 7:45AM EST and 1:45PM EST ... 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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* Lecture: Democracy within dictatorship, Virginia

Jebhe Melli Iran­Washington Presents: Democracy within Dictatorship Society. Speaker: Dr. Mahmood Enayat, Senior Journalist. Location: 2300 Pimmit Drive Idylwood Building-West Falls Church, Virginia. Date and Time: Sunday 23 May 1999, 4:00-7:00 PM. Information: Telephone / Fax: (703) 893-7765. Email: ... DETAILS HERE

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* New, additional scholarship

The Iranian Professional Society of Oregon (IPSO), established in 1991, offers a scholarship to high school graduates of Iranian heritage, based on scholastic achievement. However, this year there is another scholarship added for someone with financial need. It's for $4000.00 to be paid at $1000.00/year. The application deadline is May 18,1999 and the application can be down loaded from IPSO's web site at:


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* Artists: Exhibit at women's conference

The Tenth International Conference of The Iranian Women's Studies Foundation presents: "The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000" - July 2-5, 1999 Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

The organizing committee for the 10th International IWSF Conference is inviting all Iranian women artists to participate in a group exhibition by submitting their work.

Eligibility requirements: Please submit the following documents to the address provided below no later than May 30, 1999:

1- Ten color slides of the proposed artworks.
2- A brief description of the project (250 words maximum) including: subject, title, measurements, medium, etc.
3- A copy of your C.V.

* Due to limited space available for the exhibition the organizing committee will select works from submitted projects.
* Any proposal received after the May 30 deadline will not be considered
* Please do not send your originals

Address of the Art Exhibition: IWSF C/O AFIM P.O. Box 354 Station "H" Montreal, Qc. H3G 2L1

Tel: (514) 934-9378 or (514) 369-8836
Fax: (514) 369-4831

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* Aylene Fallah, Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville

Gallery Ovissi invites you to attend an opening for THE HUMAN CONDITION: RECENTS WORKS BY AYLENE FALLAH Delicately created mixed media sculptures that explore Aylene's desire to understand issued of gender, religion and her Iranian heritage. All the pieces are created from materials and photographs from her family in Iran and abroad.

Opening: Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Artist Talk: Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m.

Gallery Ovissi, 1425 Park Ave., Emeryville

Hours: Mon-Fri by appt./ Sat-Sun 11- 5 p.m.

Please call for further information: 510-601-6874

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* Center for Iranian Modern Arts, New York

Center for Iranian Modern Arts (CIMA) has opened in New York City with works by Siah Armajani, Monir Farmanfarmaian and more (through May 28). Address: CIMA, 24 East 20th Street, Fl 4, (Between Broadway and Park Ave S), New York, NY, tel: (212) 475-1287.

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* Iranian Culture and Civilization, University of Washington

I am pleased to inform you that the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington has approved Iranian Culture and Civilization as a core departmental offering in term "a" of its summer quarter 1999 program. As you know, teaching language courses which has been added to my teaching load since 1996 has not allowed me to offer this course, which requires no prior knowledge of the Persian language or Iranian culture. This arrangement makes it possible for me once again to offer this popular and, to me, all-important undergraduate course. Whether it will be taught in the future or not depends on the degree of student participation. Therefore, I ask you to please bring this opportunity to the attention of all those UW and access students who may be interested in learning something about Iran and its 3,000-year old culture. Below, you will see a brief description of the course content and structure.

Iranian Culture and Civilization (NE 250, 5 Credits) is an introductory level course aimed at familiarizing students with the land, the people, the history, and the present situation of Iranian and Iranate cultures. It pursues the dual goal first of fostering an appreciation of the cultural patterns that have kept Iran a distinct and significant force among world cultures, and second of examining the part that cultural factors have played in Irans efforts to come to terms with the forces of modernity without losing its distinct identity. The course utilizes a variety of means and mediums to achieve these ends. Historical overviews of the culture and diverse literary texts will be supplemented by films, slide shows, musical performances and various other pedagogical tools to help the students broaden and deepen their understanding of the most important monuments and documents of cultural significance.

Classes run from June 21 to July 21, 1999, and meet MWF, 1:10-4:30 p. m. For more information, contact the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at 543-6033.

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

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* National Geographic to feature Caspian region

Since 1990, Reza [Deghati]'s assignments for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC have spanned the globe, taking him from the Nile Delta to the legendary Silk Road and from Turkey to China's booming western frontier.

For his most recent project he traveled to the world's largest inland body of water-the 149,200-square-mile (386,398-square-kilometer) Caspian Sea in Central Asia. There, Reza investigated and documented the strategically located and economically valuable sea itself as well as its importance in the lives of people in the five countries along its shores.

You'll see how the collapse of the Soviet Union has resulted in the emergence of new countries and how the region struggles with the harmful effects of pollution. From Kazakh nomads to nuclear power plants and from the centuries-old caviar industry to a flourishing oil industry, you'll witness a remarkable contrast between old and new.

Step behind the camera with this superb photojournalist for a firsthand look at this pivotal region as it prepares to enter a new century. Reza's Caspian Sea assignment will be featured in the May 1999 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

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* Modernity in Iranian women's poetry, Virginia

By invitation of the Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland, Dr. Farzaneh Milani- writer, poet, prof. of Persian Study from the University of Virginia- talks about "From the Mirror of Venus to Weapons of Mars: Modernity and Mobility in Contemporary Iranian Women's Poetry."

Where: Room 264, Smith Hall, Towson University
When: 4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 16.
Free Admission

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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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* Job opportunity: Iranian American Council Executive Director

Position: American-Iranian Council (AIC) is seeking a dynamic full-time Executive Director. AIC is an affirmative action employer. Applications are accepted until the position is filled... The AIC was established for the purpose of: 1) promoting dialogue and improved relations between the peoples and governments of the United States and Iran; 2) supporting efforts to construct a civil society in Iran; and 3) encouraging the participation of the Iranian-American community in formulation of US policy toward Iran... DETAILS HERE

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* Conference: Women's Liberation in Iran Today

Medusa is holding its first conference, titled "Women's Liberation in Iran Today, Preconditions and Obstacles", on 7-9 May 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden. Several experts on women's issues and known personalities of women's organizations both from Iran and abroad will participate in the discussion panel ... DETAILS HERE

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* Tehran seminar on Caspain Sea

Seventh Annual Seminar on Central Asia & the Caucasus: "The Caspian Sea: Opportunities & Obstacles" - June 22-23,1999

Following the disintegration of the former Soviet Union,the Caspian Sea and its surroundings have gained international attention as a highly important region of the world. This importance is attributed to enormous unexploited resources of energy and also its capacity as a transportation ... DETAILS HERE

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* Conference: Iranian studies

The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, May 25-28, 2000, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD; organized by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and The Society for Iranian Studies (SIS) ... DETAILS HERE

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* The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000

The Tenth International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation presents: The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000 - July 2-5, 1999 Montreal, Canada Concordia University... 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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* Mechanical engineering conference, Tehran

First call for Papers ISME2000

4th International Conference of Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers

May 16-19, 2000

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Conference Chairman: Prof. Mohammad Durali, School of Mechanical Engineering Sharif University of Technology ... DETAILS HERE

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Rediscover Iran

Iranian-Americans: Who Are We Becoming?

A Dialogue Convened by the Iranian-American Cultural Association on Saturday, 17 April 199, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. ... DETAILS HERE

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