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IAAB Opens Registration for Second Annual International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2005 - Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) announced last week the schedule and opening of registration for its 2005 Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, to be held April 23-24, 2005 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The conference, which will be hosted by the Iranian Students' Foundation of the University of Maryland and sponsored by the University's Center for Persian Studies, will bring together scholars, journalists, politicians, artists, young professionals, activists, lawyers, NGO leaders, and students from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Iran to address issues relating to the international Iranian diaspora community. Building on the stimulating discussions and pivotal issues raised during the 2004 International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, the 2005 Conference presentations will address questions such as: How do we express, and thus reconcile, our immigrant experiences in our new societies? What issues do we face as hyphenated Iranians in a post-September 11th world, and what are we doing about the infringements placed upon our civil liberties? In what ways are members of the second-generation acting as a bridge between Iran and the Western societies in which they now live? What issues does the second-generation face in terms of sexuality, gender relations, dating/marriage, and ethno-religious identity? How important is (and should be) the knowledge of the Persian language for the second-generation? How do we fit and place ourselves on America's political map? Additionally, the conference will be enriched by an on-going art exhibit displaying works by members of the diaspora, and performances by members of the Iranian-American community. On Saturday night, highly-acclaimed comedian Maz Jobrani will perform at Dream Nightclub in Washington, D.C., followed by a band and D.J. performance. This event is open to all conference participants as well as to the Washington, D.C. community at large. Tickets for this event will be sold separately.

To find more information, registration forms, and a complete schedule of speakers and events, please visit IAAB's website at or contact us at . All are encouraged to attend, but please note that registration is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Amy Malek, Director of PR, IAAB
Iranian Alliances Across Borders
7764 Brandeis Way
Springfield, VA 22153

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