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Utah University to Hold Seminars on Iran and Her Neighbors

By Soudabeh Sadigh

International seminar on Iran and Her Neighbors has been organized by the Middle East Center of the College of Humanities of the University of Utah during 2006 and 2007.

Tehran, 15 August 2006 (CHN) -- University of Utah's Department of Teaching and Learning in Salt Lake city in Utah State in the United States, has designed an international seminar on Iran and neighbors during 2006 and 2007 during which different aspects of Iranian society will be discussed with presence of educators and the other interested people.

The seminar with the topic of Festivals and Holidays of the Middle East Workshop will be held on October 28, 2006 and a two-day in service summer seminar with the topic of "The Three I's of the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, and Israel" will be held on June 2007 in this university.

According to University of Utah, the historical civilization of Iran and its today strategic importance in the Middle East will clearly justify the necessity for holding this seminar to get more familiar with the splendor and real identity of Iran over time.

"What country brings to mind such a myriad of images and ideas? Known as the land of flowers and nightingales, this large country is located in the Middle East on the Asian continent. Relations between Iran and the United States have ranged from very close to very strained and this former ally will be of great interest to us in the future. With 3,000 years of history filled with numerous foreign invasions and interventions, Iran has developed a unique and fascinating identity. Dynasties and empires came and went led by charismatic leaders like Cyrus the Great, Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan..." says University of Utah in its announcement.

In its announcement, University of Utah has also emphasized the honorable cultural background of Iran, traces of which can still be seen in its archeological sites and rich literature; all indicate the glory of Iran in the course of history.

"Ancient monuments still stand strong, symbolizing a glorious past and are witness to the turbulent history that has made this country's people strong and resilient and blessed with a spectacular sense of humor. Persian literature is one of the richest in the world and poets such as Omar Khayyan, Rumi, and Ferdowsi are revered. The Persian language which has been spoken largely has remained unchanged over time and has been a unifying force in the country and its literature," added University of Utah.

Therefore, the University of Utah has offered the enthusiasts people to experience this fascinating program in a course that includes presentations by invited scholars, videos, demonstrations, hands on activities, and discussions.

The format for this seminar is designed around interests and feedback from educators. The course will be composed of three Saturday seminars and two workshops that will be held during the year. The topic of the Saturday seminars is "The Middle East and Islamic Spain" which will be held on 2 December 2006, 3 February 2007, and 31 March 2007.

According to University of Utah at the conclusion of the seminar, an optional trip will be also held to Iran. "Those who have been there recently have indicated that travel was safe and extremely enjoyable. So during the summer of 2007, and given sufficient interest, an educational trip to Iran will be offered," added University of Utah.

The Middle East Center of the University of Utah has one of the most dynamic community-oriented outreach programs in the United States. The Center offers lectures and cultural programs in public schools throughout the state of Utah. It also organizes special workshops to train teachers so that Middle East materials can be integrated at the appropriate grade levels where teachers are charged with coverage of international materials.

The deadline for registering this seminar is October 1st, 2006. Since a limited number of applicants will be able to attend the seminar, the priority will be for those who apply sooner.

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