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Bridging The Divide: Workshops in Cupertino, California


Payvand Cultural School and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) are pleased to announce an upcoming series of workshops designed to increase understanding and knowledge of the Persian culture.


Featured guest speakers will discuss the society that Iranian living in America find themselves in. Topics will include the rich history of the Persian heritage, Persian art and contributions to America. By creating a forum in which a dialogue can be created between Western culture and the the Iranians living in the area, the objective is make obvious the commonalities between the two societies. Art, literature and science will be discussed as means to establish an exchange of ideas.


Sessions begin September 9, 2009 and continue every Tuesday for six months

Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm


Location: Quinlan Center in Cupertino, CA, 10185 N Stelling Rd,Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 373-7773


Admission is free


September 9, 2008



Music performed by Farideh Loui and Ardeshir


Welcome and Inspiration

12:00-12:10 Azin Arefi  is an accomplished author whose latest short story will be published in the Momaya Press Annual Review.  For more information go to


Farzin Shokooh will discuss the importance of engaging in public good through the spheres of influence each person can find themselves in.



Lunch-Baghali Polou catered by Arya Restaurant

Afterward Music and conversation



Please remember to bring business cards as there are ample opportunities to make contact with people in various aspects of the community.





Understanding of the Iranian communities concerns.  Address myths and stereotypes and by what means they are promoted.  Promote communication and encourage community participation within the Iranian- American culture.  Teach customs and philosophies of both societies to find similarities and differences. 





  1. Dialogue
  2. Accessibility
  3. Cultural experience through Food
  4. Music/Poetry Appreciation
  5. History and contribution to the world
  6. Art and contribution to the world
  7. Science and contribution to the world




  1. Less Fear
  2. Enriching other's lives
  3. Eliminate tolerated media presented image
  4. Replace said presented image with new positive one
  5. More participation in the community (both western and Iranian)
  6. Cultural exchanges




  1. History itself
  2. Guest speakers and their knowledge/experiences
  3. Arts and music
  4. Science evolving the global community
  5. Perhaps comparison of other stereotypes in US and how they have evolved over time and how, i.e. Japanese during World War II


Action Planning:


Series of lectures, music and food.  Create a place where exchange of ideas and experiences can take place.  Show similarities and compare differences between the western culture and Iranian culture.  Discussions and discourse create empathy.  Open each others' mind to the benefits of an integrated community.


Resulted Change:


Harmony.  Less apprehension.  Community service.  Education.  Discourse. 



Mission Statement:


Established in 1995, Payvand, and 1996, the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) goal is to eradicate the stereotype and cultural bias that is so prevalent in today's American culture.  Through a weekly forum with select guest speakers, IFWC's intent is to create a dialogue between the Iranian community and leaders among the local government and businesses.   IFWC  is improving the Iranian image by encouraging volunteerism within the Iranian community. 




Dispel stereotype

Increase awareness of discrimination both passive and aggressive forms

Discover how the much the media indulges and promotes the stereotype

Encourage outreach between the Western and Iranian cultures



23 Weeks (Tuesdays)

Guest speakers in all aspects of culture

Dialogue (Q & A)

Iranian food



Create news releases to increase attendance

Contact local business leaders

Contact local government

Launch updated and corrected website

Contact local organizations with similar goals and concerns

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