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* Protest: Gathering and march in Washington DC


* School: Farsi school in Maryland
* Music: Spiritual Persian music, N. California
* Film: Divorce Iranian Style, In New York
* Lecture: A new perspective, Berkeley
* Women: International conference
* Art: Qajar symposium, New York

* Lecture: Ferdowsi and language of Khorasan, Berkeley
* Art: Gallery Ovissi - First specializing in Iranian art\
* Art show: Qajar paintings at Brooklyn Museum of Art

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* Farsi school for children in Maryland

The Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland currently sponsors two Farsi schools in the Baltimore, MD areas of Columbia and Towson. More information, including sample homeworks from the children, is available at //

Reza Shadmehr

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* Spiritual Persian music, N. California

Lian Ensemble:

Houman Pourmehdi: Tombak, Daf, Ney
Mahshid Mirzadeh: Santure
Khosrow Ansari: Vocal
Piraye Pourafar: Tar

When: Friday December 11, 1998 8:00 PM
Where: St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave. - Berkeley

When: Saturday December 12, 1998 , 8:00 PM
Where: Pacific Cultural Center , 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz. Information: (510) 644-1780

Sponsored by X DOT 25 Music

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* Shahnameh: A new perspective, Berkeley

"Center For Dialogue" in northern California presents:

"A New Perspective on Shahnameh" a talk by Dr. Bagher Parham.

Most recently, Dr. Parham is the author of "From Ferdosi's Perspective, a Critique of Political Thought in Iran".

Time: Sunday December 13, at 7:30
Place: 2060 Valley Life Science Building University Of California, Berkeley

Lecture in Persian

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* Qajar art symposium, New York

The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the New York University Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies are pleased to present:


New Research in the Study of 19th Century Iran

Friday, December 11, 1998 at NYU, 1 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday, December 12, 1998 at Brooklyn Museum of Art, 9am to 5:30 pm

Expanding upon themes in the special exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, "Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925," the symposiumwill bring together scholars of art, history, and culture to discuss issues of representation, identity, revivalism, and modernity in Iranian visual imagery and culture. For a complete listing of locations, who will be presenting, and which specific topics will be presented, please visit:

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* Protest gathering and march in Wasgington DC

In protest to the killings of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights and the 48th anniversary of the December 7 clashes between students and troops at Tehran University (known as "Student Day" ever since), The Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran is holding a gathering at Georgetown University's ICC Auditorium (3600 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington DC) on Saturday December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00. The main speaker will be Mr. Manouchehr Mohammadi, a student leader in Iran.

The gathering will be followed by a silent march toward the United Nations Information Center.

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* Ferdowsi and language of Khorasan, Berkeley

After convening six months of Shahnameh Reading sessions on regular basis (every two weeks), Shahnameh Learning League (SLL) is proud to host Dr. Mahmoud Omidsalar this Saturday December 5th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 145 Dwinell Hall of Berkeley University.

This is the first of lecture series specifically tailored to further understand Shahnameh. Dr. Omidsalar's will present "Ferdowsi and the Literary language of Khorasan".

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* Gallery Ovissi: First specializing in Iranian art

Press release:

Maryam Ovissi and Daryl Pendleton are proud to announce the opening of Gallery Ovissi in Emeryville, California. The Gallery will feature unique exhibitions and events that share the works of contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern artists in the United States.

Iranian-born Maryam Ovissi, the daughter of internationally renown Iranian artist Nasser Ovissi, has been a part of the art world since birth. Her experience and expertise in art has allowed her to curate annual exhibitions for Iranian and Arab artiststhroughout the United States... FULL TEXT

* International conference

The Tenth International Conference of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation "The Iranian Woman at the Threshold of the Year 2000" will be held at the University of Montreal on July 2-5,1999 in Montreal, Canada.

Foundation: IWSF, PO Box 380882, Cambridge, MA 02238-0882, USA, Tel: 617-492-9001, Fax: 617-492-0111, Email:

Local Committee: IWSF, PO Box 354 Station "H", Montreal (QC), H3G 2L1, CANADA, Tel: 514-735-7776, Fax: 514-934-9912, Email:

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* Divorce Iranian Style, In New York

Directed by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini
80 MINS.

One woman tells the judge her husband is crazy: in 30 years he has refused to let her answer the phone. (In Iran "craziness" is one of the few acceptable grounds for divorce when proceedings are brought by a woman; for men, divorce is granted upon request.) A 16-year-old, married at age 14 to a man 2 1/2 times her age, explains that she desperately wants a divorce to go back to school. Another pleads for custody of her 4-year-old daughter, having already lost custody of the older child. "You're poisoning my tea," mutters the judge to a woman who insists he find her misplaced file within the hour (he had suggested she return in a week). Inside an Iranian divorce court, a stream of veiled women (some only teenager others elderly) make use of reason, wit, charm, and chicanery to get what they want above all else: a divorce. Daily: 2, 3:40, 5:20, 7, 8:40, 10:20

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Student scholarship - northern California

An Iranian Student Scholarship is being offered by the Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP) in northern California. Please tell your friends and family. Also in order to broaden SIP's ability to sponsor more students , SIP would welcome any donation for this cause. For more information please contact: 408-496-9093 or send email to: or visit us at

Art show

First Exhibition of Persian Painting from the Qajar Dynasty, 1785-1925 at Brooklyn Museum of Art October 23, 1998-January 24, 1999... FULL TEXT


THE QAJAR EPOCH Culture, Art & Architecture in Qajar Persia 2-4 September 1999 The 'Qajar Epoch' conference will be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London from the 2nd until the 4th of September 1999. The focus of the conference will be on the Culture, Art & Architecture of the Qajar period. The conference is part of a two conference series. The second conference, which will focus on Religion and Society of the Qajar Period, will be held in September 2000.. DETAILS HERE


Dialogue of Civilizations?

Call For Papers: Islamic Revolution's Cultural Documentation Organization intends to hold a 2-day international seminar on December 13-14, 1998 entitled: "Dialogue of Civilizations?" All experts, scholars and lecturers are invited to send their papers in maximum 15 pages before December 6, 1998 to the Seminar's Secretariat. Topics: ... CLICK HERE

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