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Jan 4-8, 1999 / Dey 14-18, 1377

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* Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Chicago


* Conference: US-Iran: Has the Time Come?
* Art: Special viewing at Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville
* Language: Persian course at the U. Texas, Austin
* Politics: Lecture on Amir Entezam, Virginia
* Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Washington
* Language: Persian seminar at Berkeley
* Conference: Persian Gulf: Present realities

* School: Farsi school in Maryland
* Women: International conference

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* Mehrjui retrospective in Chicago

During January, the Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago will be showing eight of Mehrjui's films. These films not only provide an intriguing overview of Iranian life from 1969 through 1998, but also show how an artist's work can be profoundly influenced and shaped by the political events surrounding him.

The Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is at Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Call 312-443-3733 or 312-443-3737 ... MORE DETAILS

Also in Washington DC

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* US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?

The American-Iranian Council in conjunction with the Asia Society and the Asian American Center at Queens College is proud to present a lecture and discussion panel with the Honorable Cyrus R. Vance, former Secretary of State:

US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?


January 13, 1999
Eftar Reception: 5:30-7:00pm
(Hosted by Mondoil Corporation)
Lecture and Panel: 7:15-9:00


Asia Society
725 Park Ave
New York, NY
Phone: 212-327-9292

The January 13th lecture marks the first occasion Secretary Vance has spoken on US-Iran relations since 1980 when he left his post as President Carter's Secretary of State. This event will open the American-Iranian Council's Distinguished Speaker Series ... DETAILS HERE

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* Special viewing at Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville

Gallery Ovissi will host a final viewing opportunity for our current exhibition featuring the works of Scheherzade St. Martin, Azar Dadgar, Manzar Maroufi and Pari Azari. This exhibition has been organized as a benefit for the Children's Art Program in Marin County.

Sunday, January 10, 1999, 1-4 p.m.
Gallery Ovissi
1425 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608
510-601-OVSI (6874)

New Works by Nasser Ovissi and Maryam Javaheri will be on view on the Second and Third Floors. Please RSVP and call for directions

Directions from San Francisco. Take East Bay Bridge. Take 80 towards Sacramento. First Exit, Powell Street/Emeryville, Turn right at light onto Powell Street. Second Light will be Hollis Street (turn right), Second light will be Park Avenue (turn Right). Gallery Ovissi Sign will be out and the Gallery is two blocks down on the left side- 1425 Park Avenue. Ample parking available on street.

FUTURE: In February Gallery Ovissi will host a private Grand Opening Celebration featuring Artists we will be representing. Please keep your eyes out for notices and invitations. Please call for further information. Artists please inquire.

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* Summer Persian course at the U. Texas, Austin

Possible Interest to Persianists with Students Finishing a First-Year Course during the Spring of 1999:

The Summer 1999 Second-Year Persian Course at The University of Texas at Austin meets four weekdays a week (M-Th) for eight weeks, from June 21 to August 13. Each class session lasts three hours, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. That amounts to about 95 classroom contact hours in the six-credit course. This intensive, intermediate course is designed for (serious) American and Iranian-American students who have completed a year of university Persian study or its equivalent. The course aims primarily to increase efficiency in reading Persian and secondarily to improve Persian listening and speaking skills. It also aims to help dramatically increase passive vocabulary and familiarity with Persian cultural terms. The course leads to student proficiency in dealing with texts of academic and cultural interest to course participants and in learning how to improve Persian language skills through self-study. In-class work and conversations with the instructor in and outside of class take place exclusively in Persian ... DETAILS HERE

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* Lecture on Amir Entezam, Virginia

"The Amir Entezam File": A presentation by human rights activist Dr. Ramin Ahmadi, on Sunday, January 10, 1999 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at 2300 Pimmit Drive Idylwood Building-West Falls Church, Virginia 22043.

Sponsored by the National Front of Iran, Washington, DC

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* Mehrjui retrospective in Washington, DC

Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective :

The Pear Tree - Friday February 5, 1999, 7:00 PM, Sunday February 7, 1999, 2:00 PM
The Cycle - Friday February 12, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Cow - Sunday February 14, 1999, 2:00 PM
Hamoon - Friday February 19, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Tenants - Sunday February 21, 1999, 2:00 PM
Sara - Friday February 26, 1999, 7:00 PM
The School We Went To - Saturday February 27, 1999, 2:00 PM
Leila - Sunday February 28, 1999, 2:00 PM

Freer's Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington DC -- 202-357-4880 Admission: Free - two per person - one hour before program begins Info: 202-357-4880 Details:

Dariush Mehrjui His film have been banned by both the Shah, and the Islamic Republic, but film critics in Iran recently voted directory Dariush Mehrjui on eof the country's greatest filmmakers. This retrospective is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and is presented in corporation with Farabi Cinema Foundation, Tehran. All films are in Persian with English Subtitles.

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* Persian language seminar at Berkeley

Persian literature educational seminars at the University of Berkeley! To enroll in the four-month seminars can call 408-377-7789 before January 20th.

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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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* 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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Film festival

Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective -- showing in Chcago (details here) & Washington DC... (details here)


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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