based on photo by Elahe
Mojtaba Aghamohammadi, also known as Moji Agha, taught in cross-cultural
psychology and counseling courses for 9 years at California State
In 1999 he became a part-time faculty member at the University
of Phoenix, to teach courses in cultural/diversity studies, and
At present Moji is on "inactive status" at the University
of Phoenix, and is focusing on further developing the latest
non-profit charitable (501)(C)(3) organization he has founded,
namely, the Arizona-based Universal Coalition for Interfaith
and intercultural knowledge and Action--UCIIKA.
UCIIKA's goals include planning and actualizing the "Mirror
House" peace concept, continuing and expanding UCIIKA's
on-going 24/7 peace vigil, and planning for several international
peace marches to highlight the planet's urgent need for interfaith
and intercultural effective and genuine dialogue and cooperation.
The on-going 24/7 peace vigil has had (as of Jan 1, 2004--its
287th day of non-stop observance-- about 6,000 individual "peace
vigilers" and well over 12,000 vigil visits, nationally
(U.S.) and internationally.
Please see interfaithful.org for
more information, including the humanitarian and interfaith activities
Moji is helping to coordinate in connection with the recent earthquake
catastrophe in Bam, Iran.
Moji's citizen mediation and dialogue project to help heal
the U.S.-Iran relations has been praised by many peace groups.
A visiting scholar at the University of Arizona (presently
based at the Africana Studies Department), in this academic year
Moji is to teach conflict resolution and culture-analysis workshops
at the Preservation Studies program of the College of Architecture
Moji recently revived his favorably reviewed project, aiming
to comprehensively reform the Electoral College system in the
He founded this non-profit project (Impartial Americans For
Fixing the Electoral College, Totally--IAFFECT), in December
2000, following the elections fiasco in Florida.
He has two Masters Degrees and nearly a Ph.D. in cross-cultural
psychology. As a doctoral candidate, he is in the latest stages
of writing his dissertation about the foundations of an indigenous
psychology for the Iranian and related Middle Eastern cultures.
In the course of his 22+ years of clinical, organizational,
and teaching experience, Moji has founded a number of organizations
and projects, including: A United Way funded (501)(c)(3) California
non-profit called the Persian-speaking and Middle Eastern Community
Services (PAMECS); The "Otherness" Project, and its
off-shoot [UCIIKA's twin project], the Institute for Intercultural
and Interfaith Dialogue and Discourse (IIIDD)--a project devoted
to intercultural consensus-building, peace-making, and genuine
interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
He has assisted numerous organizations [including the Red
Cross] with organizational development, conflict and culture-analysis, "troubleshooting" and
Moji's academic and professional interests include: Culture-analysis;
Cross-cultural conflict resolution; GENUINE interfaith dialogue;
Enhancing democratic participation; Cross-cultural gender studies;
U.S.-Iran relations; Culture-analysis of conflict, "otherness," and
of interdisciplinary discourse; and many other areas, including
the scientific understanding of the "subjectivity" of
time, as well as understanding the new human culture that is
beginning to slowly evolve as a result of the revolutions that
have been taking shape in the past 100 years in communication
and transportation technologies.
He is most acutely concerned about the fragile state of our
Earth's environment and the very survival of life.
Moji is fully bilingual/bicultural and has been translating
back and forth between English and Persian, texts as complicated
as Sufi poetry. He is also somewhat familiar with Arabic.
He has been writing poetry, short stories, and essays both
in English and Persian for years. He is a feature writer at the
popular on-line magazine, Iranian.com and has been published
on various other Internet sites, including counterpunch.org,
Moji's book [in Persian] as to how to quit smoking naturally,
using self-hypnosis is under publication in his city of birth,
Presently, he is working, gradually, on writing a bilingual
story book for children (and later for adults) called "The
5001 Mysteries of Nowruz" and a book regarding the roots
of the 9/11 tragedy.
In 2001 he wrote, directed and staged a full-length comedy
play called "Joojeh Haji Firooz in the Year 2222" (about
the 5000-year-old traditions of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year--celebration
of spring) at the University of Arizona, with the assistance
of the acclaimed Arizona Theater company.
Though he does not play any musical instrument, Moji has an
active interest in Middle Eastern music, as a peaceful means
for cross-cultural communication, and as meditation for deepened
understanding of the self and the world.
A number of his song/poem compositions are to be performed
in 2004 by a respected Tucson-based all female a capella singing
troupe, in the context of a Sufi play he is writing.
Among Moji's other skills are grant research and writing--he
has written over 80 grants and letters of inquiry to various
He also has some exposure to TV, radio and print journalism.
His peace, civil society, and cross-cultural activities over
the years have been coveredidely by the media in the U.S. >>>
this page to your friends