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AIC Policy Symposium and Norouz Celebration

Source: American-Iranian Council (AIC)

AIC Symposium on: The Obama Administration and US-Iran Relations
AIC Norouz Reception (The First Ever Norouz Celebration Held on Capitol Hill)

Purpose: The policy symposium focuses on the challenges and opportunities the Obama Administration faces given the many U.S. differences and commonalities with Iran. We expect a vigorous debate from a diverse group of speakers and members of the audience. AIC is also proud to present the first ever Norouz Reception held on Capitol Hill.  Norouz is the celebration of the Iranian New Year, and it literally means a "new day."  Although the relationship has many points of difficulty, the possibility that a new day will come to US-Iran relations is real. 

Place, Date and Time: This Symposium and Norouz Reception will take place on March 25th (Wednesday), 2009, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held on Capitol Hill, at the Senate Hart Office Building - Conference Room 902Further details will be provided upon registration, which is required. 

Speakers and Audience: We are confirming participants from the U.S. Congress, diplomatic, policy and business communities, academia, media, think tanks and general public.

Confirmed speakers include:                                                                                   

  • Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  • Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA)                                                                         
  • Mr. Roger Cohen (New York Times)
  • Ambassador James Dobbins (RAND Corporation); "Negotiating with Iran"
  • Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Former Representative, Iranian Parliament
  • Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi (Rutgers & Oxford Universities, AIC President)  
  • Professor Masood Khatamee (NYU School of Medicine); "Nowruz: Love, Peace, and Rebirth"
  • Persian Music
  • Persian Cuisine          

Expected to confirm include:

  • Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
  • Rep. Lynda Sanchez (D-CA)


  • Senator J. Bennett Johnston (Johnston & Associates, AIC Chairman)

Program: The Symposium will begin at 12:30 p.m. with registration. Presentations and discussions will commence at 1:00 p.m. sharp and adjourn at 3:00 p.m. The Norouz Reception will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a short presentation on the history and significance of Norouz.

Registration: To participate in this unique event, we recommend that you pre-register (free).  While we wish to accommodate as many participants as possible, space is limited and it is highly recommended that you register ASAP by email, phone or fax.

Please contact Dr. Brent Lollis at:         

Or, phone: 609-252-9099 * By Fax: 609-252-9698                                                                          

Sponsors: This event is sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Open Society Institute and InterMarine Incorporated.

Donations are Appreciated: This event is offered to you free of charge. But we do expect you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Council so that it can continue its educational and peace-making efforts.

Please Make a Tax-Deductible Donation at: (Your information is secured and well guarded).

You may also write a check to the American Iranian Council and send it in mail to AIC at: 29A Wiggins Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. The participants can give their checks to us at the event. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Further Information: Please contact Dr. Brent Lollis, Executive Director, for more information about the event or how you might help our mission.

About the American Iranian Council: AIC is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to bringing better understanding of issues in US-Iran relations and providing a platform for constructive dialogue.  A pioneer of the marketplace of ideas on US-Iran relations, the Council's many achievements and leadership are listed on its website at The late Secretary Cyrus Vance was the Council's Founding Honorary Chairman and Secretary Madeline Albright delivered her historic address on US-Iran relation in March 2000 at an AIC conference.  AIC was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1997 and maintains an office in Princeton, N.J.  

About Norouz: Norouz, new day or New Year, is a celebration of spring Equinox.  A time for renewal and reunion, Norouz is widely celebrated by Iranians of all ideological and religious persuasions including Muslims, Jews, Christians and Baha'is.  Norouz is rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian belief system, the pre-Islamic religion of the Iranian people, and it has been celebrated by Iranians and all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia for over 3000 years. Norouz is also enthusiastically celebrated by Iranian-Americans and by people in the Persian-Turkish speaking regions and other parts of the Southwest Asia and beyond.

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