The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at University of California, Irvine cordially invites you to the first international scholarly gathering devoted to the history and the cultural legacy of the American/Alborz College. Founded in 1899 by Dr. Jordan as part of a missionary enterprise, the College became the training ground for generations of Iranian intellectuals, scientists, and men of letters. Honoring this founding vision and rich legacy, Dr. Modjtahedi, Jordan's successor, ensured the continued success of the College under his leadership.
Bringing together scholars from across the globe, the conference will explore the history and impact of the American/Alborz College and situate it within Iranian cultural history.
The conference is jointly convened by Homa Katouzian (University of Oxford) and Nasrin Rahimieh, Maseeh Chair and Director of the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at UCI.
No registration is required and attendance is free.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
9: 30 am-5:30 pm
Crystal Cove Auditorium
University of California, Irvine
Sponsored by Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
Welcome and Introductions
Homa Katouzian, St Antony's College, University of Oxford
Nasrin Rahimieh, Maseeh Chair and Director of Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World & Wm. Scott Harrop, University of Virginia
In Memory of Howard Baskerville
10:20 -10:30 am
Fariborz Maseeh, Founding Benefactor of Samuel Jordan Center, Venture Philanthropist
10:30 am-12:30 pm
The Formative Years: The American College of Tehran
Chair: Homa Katouzian
Thomas M. Ricks, Independent Scholar
Presbyterian Mission Education and Centers of Modernism: The Case of Alborz (American) College of Tehran
John Lorentz, Shawnee State University
Educational Development in Iran: The Pivotal Role of the Mission Schools and Alborz College
Michael Zirinsky, Boise State University
Inculcate Iran: Opening a Dialog of Civilizations in the Shadow of God and the Alborz
Ali Gheissari, University of San Diego
The American College of Tehran, 1929-1931: A Memorial Album
12:30-2:00 Lunch Break
The Transformative Years: The Alborz High School
Chair: Touraj Daryaee
Kamran Safamanesh, Independent Scholar, Iran
A History of the Alborz High School and Its Architectural Development
Houchang Chehabi, Boston University
Diversity at Alborz
Farzin Vahdat, Vassar College
Alborz High School and the Process of Rationalization in Iran
The Educational Legacy of Alborz
Chair: Nasrin Rahimieh
Homa Katouzian, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
Alborz and Its teachers
Bahram Bayani, Independent Scholar, Iran
Mohammed-Ali Modjtahedi: Life and Work
Mehdi S. Zarghamee, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Modjtahedi and the Founding of Arya-Mehr University of Technology
Visitor parking is available at the Student Center Parking Structure for $8 for the day. For driving directions to UCI, please consult.
The Student Parking Structure can be accessed by turning from West Peltason into Pereira. The parking structure is directly across from the Student Center. The Crystal Cove Auditorium can be reached through the main doors of the Student Center at the top of the flight of stairs. For further information about the location of the parking structure and the auditorium, please consult.
For more information, please visit the event's web page
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