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October 18-22, 1999 / Mehr 26-30, 1378

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* Academic: Teach Persian at Arizona U.


* Art: Khamsi's photo exhibit - Washington DC
Politics: Persian Gulf conference - Tehran
Lecture: Nationalism and Iran - New York
Literature: Literary voices of Iran - New York
Literature: Persian poetry after the revolution

* Music: Musical evenings with ZaZa
* Film: Hoveyda & Rossellini, New York
* Scholarship: Academic scholarship, northern California
Book reading: Stories of old Iran, in Portland
Art: Ghajar art show in Washington, DC
Celebrate: Mehregan volunteers, Irvine
Help: Translate documentaryx
Politics: Fundraiser for Rob Sobhani's run for the Senate

* Music: Shahram Nazeri's U.S. tour
* Celebrate: Mehregan , Irvine
* Heritage: Be a friend of Encyclopaedia Iranica
* Literature: Shahnameh research assistantships
* Protests: Human rights vigil, New York
Money: Investment outlook
Documentary: Shamlou

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* Teach Persian at Arizona U.

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona has an opening for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor,to start in the academic year 2000/2001. Applicants must have a primary specialization in Persian language and literature ... DETAILS HERE

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* Khamsi's photo exhibit - Washington DC

Colors and Images of Ecuador: A Photography Exhibition by Bahieh Amelia Khamsi, October 14 - 29, 1999 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 p.m.) at the Embassy of Ecuador (2535 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009). For directions call (202) 234-7200. For information on the artist, please call International Arts Management Consulting at (202) 537-2009.

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* Persian Gulf conference - Tehran

The Center for Persian Gulf Studies of the Institute for Political & International Studies affiliated with the Iranian Foreign Ministry is convening its tenth international conference entitled "The Persian Gulf: Towards the 2lst Century" on January 24-25, 2000 in Tehran. Any scholar interested in participating in this conference, contact Mr. Mohsenin at the Secretariat at Shahid Bahonar Avenue, Shahid Aghai Street, Tehran, Iran P.O. Box: 19395/1793, Tehran, I.R. Iran Email: ipis@www.dci.co.ir Fax: +98-21-2710964 Phone: +98-21-2571010 through 2571014

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* Lectures on nationalism and Iran - New York

The following is the Month of October Program of Kanoone-e Iran in New York:

Subjects: Mossadegh's role in the nationalist movement and today's Iran
Speakers: Mehdi Khanbaba Tehrani (writer), Masoud Behnoud (journalist in Iran), Dr. Mansour Farhang (political scientist, Bennington College), Dr. Mohsen Ghaemmagham (National Front in the U.S.)
Date : Friday October 22, 1999
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Place: Hamilton Hall , Room 602, Columbia University, Brodway & 116th. Street Manhattan, New York.

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* Literary voices of Iran - New York

Some of Iran's most distinguished literary figures gather for the first time in the U.S. Authors include Simin Behbehani, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou, Javad Mojabi, and Shahriar Mandani will read and discuss their work at New York's Asia Society on November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by PEN American Center, Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern and Asian languages and Cultures and Center for Iranian Modern Arts. $7 members and PEN members; $10 nonmembers; limited number of free tickets to students with valid I.D Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) , New York, NY 10021 Call: 212 517-ASIA for tickets go to Asia Soceity online

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* Persian poetry after the revolution

The Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland presents Dr. Houshang Rahnema - poet, writer - who will give a talk about "Persian Poetry after the Revolution." Where: Room 264, Smith Hall, Towson University, When: 4:00 P.M. Sunday, Oct. 24. Free admission.

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* Musical evenings with ZaZa

In November selected bookstores around San Francisco's Bay Area will host a musical evening with ZaZa. At these events she will be performing her repertoire of songs from around the world plus selections from her recent release, 'Book of Kings' and her other albums, 'Nights One and A Thousand' and 'Primal Whispers' ... DETAILS HERE

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* Hoveyda & Rossellini, New York

Fereydoun Hoveyda was one of the writers for Roberto Rossellini's first documentary, "India". A restored copy will be shown in New York City on November 6 at the American Museum of Natural History ... GO TO

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* Academic scholarship, northern California

The Society of Iranian Professionals in northern California is now accepting applications for the 1999-2000 Academic Year Scholarship. Please forward this application to any Iranian student, parents, family members and friends in U.S. to be considered by SIP Scholarship Committee. For information on donation please write to: Anjoman99@aol.com

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* Stories of old Iran, in Portland

Seven Shades of Memory, Stories of old Iran: Terence O'Donnell lived in Iran from 1957-71 operating a farm from 1963-70 before returning to America, where he wrote "Garden of the Brave in War", a memoir praised by critics as "a gem" and "a literary classic on a level with Out of Africa." "Seven Shades of Memory" is his first collection of short stories. These stories show his prescient understanding of the multifaceted nuances of Persian culture and the Westerners who attempt to navigate through it. Book reading by Terence O'Donnell will be held at 7:30PM Wednesday, October 13th, 1999, Smith Memorial Center - Room 333, Portland State University. Info (503) 725 8566.

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* Mehregan volunteers

Would you like to go to Mehregan celebrations in Irvine, California, for Free? How about a free parking permit, a Mehregan T-Shirt, and food coupons to go with that? YES? All you need to do is to volunteer at least four hours of your time at Mehregan! If you're interested, e-mail Paul Ramezani at <paul@intrapc.com> to sign up. Please contact him as soon as possible since there are limited spots left. Pleas pass this message on to anyone who may be interested. Mehregan takes place on October 16 & 17 in Irvine. For more information ... DETAILS AT

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* Help translate documentary

I am an Iranian graduate film student in Los Angeles. I recently returned from Iran with some documentary footage. Mostly I spoke with Iranians born around the time of the revolution about life in Iran. Unfortunately, my Farsi skills are not what they should be. To edit, approximately fourteen hours of interviews need to be transcribed and translated. I am doing this on a student budget (that means 'not a lot of money' for those who have suppressed memories of graduate school). If anyone is willing to help please get in touch with me at: amu_ali@yahoo.com -- Ali

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* Fundraiser for Rob Sobhani's run for the Senate

The Iranian American Republican Council is pleased to announce its second fund-raising event for Dr. Rob Sobhani, the first Iranian American to run for U.S. Senate, representing the State of Maryland ... DETAILS

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* Shahram Nazeri's U.S. tour

Shahram Nazeri and Dastan Ensemble are currently on tour in the U.S.

Shahram Nazeri: vocals
Reza Ghasemi: setar
Hamid Motebasem: tar, setar
Hossein Behrouzinia: barbat
Pejman Hadadi: tombak, daf
Afshin Mehrasa: daf
Reza Ghassemi and Afshin Mehrassa appear as guest artists of Dastan Ensemble ... TOUR DETAILS

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* 10th Anniversary Festival of Films from Iran, Chicago

The Film Center of Chicago celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Festival of Films from Iran with an exciting lineup which will screen on Saturdays and Sundays between October 2 and 31. The Festival includes seven new fiction features, the U.S. premiere of Dariush Mehrjui's long-banned THE LADY (BANU), a program of archival treasures by Kamran Shirdel, and a slate of fascinating new documentaries. Additional programs include the documentary FRIENDLY PERSUASION which contextualizes the phenomenon of post-Revolutionary Iranian cinema, and a special panel discussion on film criticism ... DETAILS HERE

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* Ghajar art show in Washington, DC

The Artists1 Museum in Washington DC welcomes the public to view selected paintings by artists Rose Ghajar and Santana from the series "Persian Dreams: Recreating Ghajar Art". This unique series, characterized by fine craftsmanship and a dedication to traditional painting, brings alive Persian history and makes it possible for the public to experience the past for themselves. The show will be held from October 1 until the end of the month... DETAILS HERE

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* Mehregan celebrations, Irvine

Mehregan (meh-re-gahn) is a celebration of nature, a festival of seasons, and the birthday of light. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Mehregan is a festival of Mehr, Goddess of Love, Knowledge, and Commitment. Date: October 16 & 17. Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. Location: Lakeside Park (next to Irvine Meadows & Wild Rivers), 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA ... DETAILS HERE

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* Be a friend of Encyclopaedia Iranica

Pardis Minuchehr writes: Did you know that the most extensive research on Persian culture and civilization is uderway in New York City? And did you know that you could easily become a supporter of the biggest research project on Iran? If you want to know more about the Encyclopaedia Iranica project, just go to: www.iranica.com

There are many ways you could become a friend of this project. In order to find out just reply to this email. (All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law) (For Organizations: Please forward this message to your membership, friends and anyone interested.)

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* Shahnameh research assistantships

Applications are invited for two-three Research Assistantships in connection with an AHRB (British Academy)- funded research project on Firdausi's "Book of Kings" (Shahnameh). The project aims essentially to create a corpus of Shahnameh manuscript illustrations and to provide a forum for art-historical, literary and historical investigations ... DETAILS HERE

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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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* 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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* 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: ifvc@ifvc.com.

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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