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* Christmas: Party in Washington, DC
* Ramazan: "Philosophy of Fasting," Sunnyvale


* Conference: Persian Gulf: Present realities
* Literature: Storytelling and dialogue, N. California
* School: Farsi school in Maryland
* Women: International conference

* Art show: Qajar paintings at Brooklyn Museum of Art

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* "Philosophy of Fasting"

Dr. Haghi, who is an internationally recognized authority on the teachings of Rumi, the thirteenth century Sufi mystic famed for his ecstatic poetry and resonating truths, will have a lecture on the "Philosophy of Fasting" in Farsi on this Saturday, Dec 26th, 1998. This lecture will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center in northern California located at 550 E. Remmington Drive; and will begin at 7:00 p.m. For further information, please call (408) 737-1464 or (800) 919-2011.

Dr. Haghi obtained his Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University and his M.D. from Shiraz University, Iran. This program is presented by Bonyad-e-Towhid in a series of cultural enrichment events for the Iranian community in the Bay Area; and has free admission.

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* Christamas party in Washington, DC

C H R I S T M A S N I G H T P E R S I A N B A S H !

FRIDAY Night, December 25th, 1998 9:00pm

With EURO-DJ Ali Sabaii mixing the BEST and NEWEST European, Persian, Latin, & Arabic Dance Music.

Celebrate The Holidays in STYLE at: P A N G E A Lounge, 2134 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, (Between 21st & 22nd Streets), Washington, D.C. Tel: 202.337.0222

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* Persian Gulf: Present realities

The Center for Persian Gulf and Middle East Studies at the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) intends to convene its ninth International conference on the Persian Gulf under the title "Persian Gulf: Present Realities and Future Perspectives " on February 22-23, 1999.

Distinguished scholars, university professors, researches, and specialists will discuss political, international, economic, security as well as cultural, and energy issues relating to the present situation in, and pertaining to future cooperation among the countries of the Persian Gulf region.

The main topics of the discussion are as follows: ... DETAILS HERE

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* 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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* 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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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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