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Dec 14-18, 1998 / Azar 24-28, 1377

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* Politics: Rallies in San Francisco, Ottawa, Sydny
* Lecture: In the U.S. as exiles or immigrants?, Virginia


* Literature: Storytelling and dialogue, N. California
* School: Farsi school in Maryland
* Film: Divorce Iranian Style, In New York
* Women: International conference

* Art: Gallery Ovissi - First specializing in Iranian art
* Art show: Qajar paintings at Brooklyn Museum of Art

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* Rally in San Francisco, Ottawa, Sydny

In San Francisco: Sponsored by: "The Committee For Freedom Of Thought & Expression In Iran (Northern California)": Join Our Vigil To Protest The Killings Of Dissidents In Iran. Our Demands from U.N.:

- Intervene to stop this new wave of terror in Iran.
- Send an international, independent fact-finding commission to Iran.
- Support the establishment of an international criminal tribunal to investigate the cases of crimes against humanity in Iran.

Time: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight Wednesday Dec. 23
Place: UN Plaza, San Francisco, corner of 7th & Market
Information: (510) 644-0403

In Ottawa: The Iranian community in Ontario will rally Saturday from 1 to 3 pm in the capital of Canada, Ottawa, to protest against the recent series of murders and disappearances of political opponents, journalists and writers in Iran. They will gather in front of the Parliament at 1 pm and from there will walk to the Iranian embassy.

From: Dr. Ziaian

In Sydny: The Iranian community in Sydney will voice their outrage against recent attacks of the Islamic Republic on Tuesday 22 December at 4 pm in front of the office of Amnesty International.

From: Susan Ghaemi

* Lecture: In the U.S. as exiles or immigrants?, Virginia

Speaker: Dr. Haleh Vaziri Dr. Vaziri -- herself born in the U.S. of Iranian parents -- shall examine how Iranians and their children living in the United States construct and understand their respective identities. She shall address such questions as: Do Iranians live in the US as "exiles" or "immigrants"? How do the children of Iranians relate to their parents' homeland, Iran, and to the host society, the US? What influence may those calling themselves "Iranian-American" have within the Iranian community in Diaspora and/or inside Iran? Is there space for multiple conceptualizations of Iranian-ness and American-ness?

Sunday, December 20, 1998, 6:30PM to 9:00PM Mason Governmental Center 6507 Columbia Pike Annandale, Virginia

* Storytelling and dialogue, N. California

The Committee For Freedom Of Thought And Expression In Iran (Northern California) presents: "Storytelling And Dialogue" with Akbar Sardoozami, Iranian writer in exile.

Date: Sunday December 20, at 7:30
Place: Albany Senior Center846 Masonic Ave., Albany
(Take I80 East, exit Albany/Buchanan St., at 3rd stop light turn left on Masonic, drive one block and cross Solano, Center is on your left.)

Information: (510)644-0403

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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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* 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

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