On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, a Conference was held in Toronto on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February 2004. The conference was organized by York University, Diaspora, Islam, and Gender, international research project, and the University of Toronto, Institute of Women's and Gender Studies, and Departments of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, and New College.
Eighteen papers were presented in four panels. The first panel, in English, discussed the forces of the revolution, "the Nationalists, Islamists, and Socialists". Chaired by Professor Haideh Moghissi of York University, the panelists included, Hedayat Matin-Daftary, the prominent Human Rights Lawyer and a Leader of the National Democratic Front at the time of the revolution, Professor Shahrzad Mojab, of the University of Toronto, Professor Saeed Rahnema, of York University, and Mojtaba Mahdavi, of the University of Western Ontario.
The second panel in Persian, was on "Women and the Revolution" chaired by Nasrin Almasi, Editor of Shahrvand, and included panelists, many of them from among the well-known women activists of the time of the revolution, including Mihan Jazani, Homa Matin-Daftary, Haideh Moghissi, and Houri Sahba.
The third panel in Persian was on Ethnic and Religious Diversity and the Revolution, chaired by Victoria Tahmasebi of York University, and included Professor Amir Hassanpour of University of Toronto, Dr. Ali Gharajelou, Professor Mohamad Tavakoli, University of Toronto, Saeed Rahnema, and Bahram Parsi, taliking about the Kurds, the Azari Turks, the Bahaies, Jews, and Zoroatrians and the revolution.
The fourth panel, in Persian, discussed "Arts, Rights, and the Revolution", chaired by Shahrzad Mojab, included Hedayat Matin-Daftary, Professor Reza Baraheni of University of Toronto, Hassan Pooya, of the Organization of the Defence of Political Prisoners, Shekoufeh Sakhi, of York Univeristy, and Dr. Shahram Tabe-Mohamadi. The panelists discussed the issues of human rights, the massacre of 1988, torture, literature and Iranian Cinema.
The last session included open discussions with panelists and audience.
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